The winner of the Medica App Competition 2017 has been announced.
The competition, which took place on 15 November, had 75 applicants 15 of which went on to be selected for the final round. Teams were challenged to create the best health app solution.
The first place prize of €2,000 went to the Kenyan team, iSikCure, a marketplace app that lets users access and pay for healthcare services. The team hopes to let users in Africa gain easy access to the healthcare system. Most African countries pay for their healthcare in cash and 20% of households have no access to medicine or a doctor.
By using iSikCure, users pay for healthcare on the app and then use to find a doctor and purchase medical products. Healthcare providers can therefore advertise on the app, letting users know where, when and how they can access care. The service hopes to get lifesaving medicines to the places that need them the most.
Second place of the competition went to the Air Smart Spirometer project, the first spirometer that is linked with a smartphone. Users can measure their lung capacity and get a reliable picture of how their lung health is progressing.
Third place was taken by Kaia, an app which brings multidisciplinary therapies for back pain.
Maximilian Wühr, head of Business Development at Kaia, remarked that patients wait around one and a half years for traditional multidisciplinary therapy which then lasts four weeks, consisting of a couple of sessions of therapy a week for a few hours each time. By using Kaia, patients can begin therapy straight away .