After a long process of inspiring deliberation and debate, the shortlist for the second AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards has been revealed. The Awards celebrate innovative entries across seven categories from individuals, designers, developers, entrepreneurs and healthcare professionals from the UK and around the world.
All 20 finalists will be showcased in a digital exhibition with the winners being announced at an awards ceremony to be held at BAFTA on April 25, 2016. The digital exhibition brings together the best submissions and presents them in an engaging and accessible way to give consumers an insight into this rapidly evolving and increasingly important field.
Breakout Award – A category focusing on finding a piece of health technology that’s successfully embedded itself and made a difference to people’s everyday lives over the past year.
Ostom-i (pictured above)
The alert sensor by 11 Health is a discrete innovative device that alerts patients who use a colostomy bag how full their ostomy pouches are so that they can decide when they should empty them. The device clips on to any ostomy pouch sending Bluetooth® alerts to a mobile phone or tablet app telling the user their pouch is filling up. It allows people who live with stoma bags to live a more independent life giving them back confidence and management of their output. (www.11health.com)
The One to Watch Award – A category looking for tech innovations not yet in the spotlight but have the potential to significantly impact on people’s lives in the future.
Software that powers any smart glasses and acts as a guide for visually impaired people. For the 90% of people with sight loss who still have some remaining sight, the tech solution uses image processing to enhance objects, signs and faces and can also magnify images. For those with complete sight loss, computer vision software translates visual information into audio in real time. (www.givevision.net)
Software providing 3D skeletal motion tracking (pictured at top) to analyse patients’ movements as they perform rehabilitation exercises in front of a webcam in real time. The technology improves physiotherapy and rehabilitation for patients and care-givers by enabling patients to conduct their exercise sessions at home on their chosen devices while receiving feedback on the quality of their performance. This data can be used by clinicians to monitor their patient’s progress to provide better care. (www.xtr3d.com)
Now in its second year, the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards is a joint initiative led by AXA PPP healthcare with think tank 2020health and the Design Museum. It aims to guide and grow the conversation about health tech, empowering people everywhere to use technology to lead healthier lives and be more in control of their health and wellbeing.
The successful shortlist of entries that will form part of the digital exhibition includes:
- An intelligent search platform to allow healthcare providers to engage patients with food allergies or intolerances to support them with diet and nutrition choices
- A medical spray delivery device that aims to enhance the quality of life for people with arthritis, joint pain and limited dexterity
- Software that powers smart glasses to translate visual information into audio in real time and act as a guide for those with visual impairments
Representatives from the AXA PPP Health Tech & You partners evaluated every entry to select the shortlist of three per category. Seven prestigious judging panels, consisting of 25 leading industry figures from healthcare, design, technology and the media will then decide each category winner.
James Freeston, Marketing Director, AXA PPP healthcare, states:
“After such a successful inaugural year, we are delighted with the response to the second AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards. The sheer increase in volume from last year and the high quality of entries really is a true testament to the innovative projects currently being developed and launched by so many individuals and companies in the health tech space.
On behalf of our partners, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter. We congratulate those who have been shortlisted on this great achievement and look forward to applauding the winners at the Awards ceremony in April.”
Critiquing nearly 200 entries proved a challenging task given the high standard of entries. Julia Manning, Chief Executive of 2020health comments:
“Last year the submissions were of a very high calibre, which has continued and increased in this our second year of the Awards. We are really excited at being able to share cutting edge innovation and publicise these leading organisations and inspiring individuals utilising health technologies. Sustainable health will depend on consumers and providers embracing the opportunities that digital health tech offers.”
Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, adds:
“We are in the midst of a revolution in how people understand their health. Rapid developments in applying technology to health is challenging designers and healthcare professionals to understand how best to make use of the opportunities for everyone to monitor, improve and understand their own health. This is a strong shortlist that demonstrates the many different ways that this rapidly growing field is developing. It’s a fascinating insight into what happens next in this vitally important field.”
The winners of the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards will be announced on April 25, 2106. For more information on this year’s finalists, judges and activities, visit www.healthtechandyou.com.