UK’s Best SME Mobile Health App Competition – finalists announced

This reviewer participated as a judge in the first round of this competition, sponsored by Patient-View, myhealthapps, techUK and the Department of Trade & Investment. From this, four finalists were chosen who will go forward to the second part of the competition at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (“MWC 2015”) in the first week in March.

The twelve competitors were:

11health – an app and device for determining when an “’ostomy” bag is full and needs emptying. Blue-toothed to a mobile or nurse station. It has transformed the lives of patients that have to use these and continues to save nursing time too.

23 Ltd – a website builder that has diversified into behaviour change to stop smoking. Ingenious business model though as yet (more…)

Short, ‘springy’ takes for Friday

IBM Watson crunches the genomics for glioblastoma. A clinical trial at seven locations is being developed in partnership with the NY Genome Center to identify potential treatment options for the most common type of brain tumor–one where diagnosis and treatment time is of the essence.  iHealthBeat, Modern Healthcare….Also in NY, Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx is evaluating several mobile initiatives including a current pilot for texts/care management to support diabetic teenagers, as well as evaluating interacting with diabetics on fitness and  biosensor monitoring. FierceMobileHealthcare….Yecco’s social media platform for families caring for older adults [TTA 13 Mar] adds insurance. Allianz Global Assistance UK announced Yecco Home Care insurance, providing up to six weeks of assistance at home following an accident, injury or hospitalization. Release….Six US Senators seek clarification on FDA mobile health regulations. The letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg inquired on FDA plans and asked if legislative assistance might be required. The FDA/ONC-HIT framework report originally due in January now has a deadline of 31 March. iHealthBeat. The Hill ‘Healthwatch’….The Samsung Galaxy S5 won’t be considered a medical device by South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. According to Engadget, it was the heart-rate sensor that subjected it to stricter regulations under current South Korean laws. Oy….And it took a while, but finally the Tunstall Americas management page lists new CEO Casey Pittock at the top! (No release yet though.)

Yecco Update (UK)

Having previously covered Yecco on this site, we thought readers might be interested to know that the service has been completely updated, with additional features to come. What follows are extracts from their press release, appropriately adapted; we have not checked out any of these features ourselves.

Yecco is a free private network that stores all users’ vital information in one safe place. Aimed at older and disabled people and those who care for them, it’s a social media platform, connecting friends, families and professionals

It is free to download from the app store to any mobile or tablet device.  (more…)

Yecco: New UK social networking with a care dimension

Someone who attended the Health+Care 2013 Show in London this week alerted us to Yecco, saying “One bright spot was Yecco, a new entrant to the market, with a fresh, consumer focussed aim of meeting the needs of both carers and cared for, people of all ages, grandparents and grandchildren. All the staff seemed to have personal experience of helping dementia patients, as well as offering new technology-based communications between family, cared for and carers.” The cheery video below explains it. Yecco website – with some worthwhile offers, too.

[This video is no longer available on this site but may be findable via an internet search]