Run by Plymouth University and funded by the Intellectual Property Office, the Health App Challenge is running two user-led app challenges: one for diabetes in collaboration with Diabetes UK and the other for weight loss surgery in collaboration with WLSInfo (a smaller charity), with support from HANDI.
The Health App Challenge (HAC) offers patients with diabetes or post weight loss surgery the opportunity to join us in reviewing or creating an app (i.e. mobile application or website) to help manage the conditions and improve healthcare outcomes with technology innovations: for patients and by patients.
We plan to follow on from the success of the Diabetes App Challenge of 2012, a two-part challenge where young people with diabetes and teammates created innovative apps to help with preparing for clinic appointments, then offered to other young people with diabetes to try out and review.
We aim to develop a best practice model for similar competitions to allow medical charities to collaborate with patients and developers, to create new condition-related apps to benefit patients.
Supporting the challenge is a community interest organisation, HANDI, whose work with patients, developers and healthcare professionals aims to encourage innovation of digital technology to improve patient health and wellbeing.
HANDI will be offering their skills and expertise to the Health App Challenge with involvement in our one-day developer workshop, technical support to participants in bringing their innovative ideas to life and appraisal of the submitted apps.
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