May 152015


The Health App Challenge was a one-year project that supported patients with diabetes or pre/post weight loss surgery to design and/or develop their very own health apps (e.g. mobile app, website or social media) to help manage their condition. Participants were offered advice from intellectual property experts, technical developers and medical professionals. Other patients were invited to review existing health apps they had used to help inform others, and review the Challenge entries to determine a winner.

Five teams entered the Challenge with their unique diabetes apps designs:-

BWell Sugars System, a simple data entry and blood glucose trends tracker design.
BetterBGs, a clever real-time insulin and food dose advisory system design.
EasyDiabetes, a useful organiser design with a range of tools specifically for teens.
Dap’n, a motivational game design for better adherence to medical recommendations.
Gluco-Drive, a sensible alert design for monitoring blood glucose levels before driving.

Dap'n’, the app design by Reina Yaidoo and her team, was chosen as winner for its high ratings (5/5) and praise from peer reviewers. “...I love the concept of setting challenges and presenting health monitoring in a 'game' form...”

Since winning the Challenge, Reina and her team’s app design Dap’n has gained much interest and is currently shortlisted for funding support, to turn their design into a published health app, in two national programmes - Nominet Trust’s Social Tech Seed and Virgin’s Pitch to Rich.

Patients gave over 140 reviews of the Challenge designs and existing health apps (including bariatric apps), with The Diabetic Lounge and Carbs & Cals receiving the most reviews and praise amongst the existing health apps. You can still view the designs and reviews at

Online Community Area

Although the Health App Challenge has come to a close, the project team is in the process of arranging an online community area to support discussion and networking between people interested in health app development (e.g. patients, developers, health professionals etc.), including the potential for collaboration and further support for Challenge participants in turning their designs into working apps.
Anyone interested, is welcome to email

Interest in Future Health App Challenges Booklet

As a key outcome of the project, the team produced a booklet for interest in future Health App Challenges, and is available online HERE. ‘Patient-led innovation: How to run, take part in and support a Health App Challenge', is a combination of project experiences and information as asked by participants during the Challenge.


The project team would really like to know your views on this patient-led approach and on health app development in general in a very brief, anonymous, 3-question survey. Everyone is encouraged to complete it HERE and all feedback is much appreciated.

The Health App Challenge project was run by Plymouth University, funded by the Intellectual Property Office Fast Forward Competition 2014 and supported by Diabetes UK, WLSinfo, HANDI, and Britain’s Nurses.

May 072015

Closing date for applications is 24 May.

On the 3rd July 2015 the mHabitat inaugural People Driven Digital unAwards will give big kudos to people who have found clever ways to solve everyday problems through digital technologies.

It is free to enter and free to attend for those fortunate enough to be shortlisted.

Winners will walk away with their own non digitally-handcrafted award and a digital badge for their website.

To nominate yourself or someone else who is an ace digital innovator, you need only fill out a short application form

Further information about the #PDDAwards15 HERE

May 052015


PAS 277:2015 defines a set of quality criteria for the development, testing and releasing of health and wellness apps.

The recommendations cover the full app project life cycle from development through to updating and are relevant to clinical, native, hybrid and web based apps. This PAS also addresses fitness for purpose, risk management and monitoring of usage.

It allows app developers to come up with innovative ways of providing solutions that may be adopted by health care professionals and the public. Going forward, it will help support a change in how healthcare is delivered in the future.

Who is it for?

PAS 277 is intended for the use of app developers and publishers, but may also benefit health care professionals and general users of mobile apps.

It is particularly relevant to professional bodies such as: HANDI, DHACA, Royal College of Physicians Health Informatics Unit, Tech UK and TSA.

The document underwent a peer and public review and is a consensus document.

More information HERE