World Health Day: Making health and wellbeing accessible with tech
World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the founding anniversary of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948. As we've all discovered in the last couple of years, tech has been fundamental to accessing health and wellbeing services. To commemorate World Health Day, we would like to highlight some of the MedTech and HealthTech projects we’ve been involved with over the last few years.
“We are big believers in tech for good and love helping clinicians, entrepreneurs and academics make a lasting difference to all members of our community.
Here at B13 Technology, we have extensive experience in HealthTech and MedTech. We’ve created an app for people with learning difficulties that helps them manage their spending, clinical trials applications, a mental health and wellbeing video library, and a platform integrating local and national services to help isolated elderly patients get to medical and social appointments.”
~ Jon Swinbourne, CEO
Loneliness and Thrive
The pandemic left many struggling with loneliness and their mental health. During this time, we collaborated with Box Clever Digital to develop a rapid proof-of-concept for the Thrive platform. Thrive aims to help the wellbeing of isolated people in Monmouthshire, Wales by matching individual interests with local clubs and arranging the relevant transportation.
The agency approached B13 Technology to find an innovative solution that would deliver consistent records about the target audience’s interests at scale without volunteers having to complete any paperwork.
We implemented an artificial intelligence (AI) speech recognition tool to be used during the volunteers phone conversations with the isolated individuals. Using the recordings, we were able to transcribe the conversation so we could run the text through artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to pick out keywords and categories.
Initially the transcription was done through Amazon Web Services (AWS) but due to the conversation structure and strong accents this method didn’t reap usable results. In the second iteration, we used more expensive human transcription services that were delegated via an API (Application Programming Interface).
Once a written transcription had been produced, we asked IBM’s Watson to track the sentiment and context of the conversations so we could provide Box Clever Digital with an accurate summary of the target audience’s interests and their associated feelings.
The information provided by our solution helped Box Clever Digital to successfully bid for half million pounds in additional funding to enable the agency to scale up their community efforts.
We are currently working with Box Clever Digital on one of their phase 2 projects.
Medical trials and Consentify
Regulations for medical trials require consent to be reinstated every time there is a change to the specifications which is often administratively laborious. Returning customer, Dale Jessop and his business partner wanted to create a platform that would capture the consent of volunteers more efficiently during clinical trials in the hope of reducing time and labour costs.
The product was timely so the client chose to work with B13 Technology knowing we could scale up quickly and deliver a product which they had personally invested in. From design to concept, the project took approximately 10 months to complete.
The e-consent solution created a digital blueprint and accelerated the use of this technology in the healthcare sector. Rather than just focussing on the participant needs, the solution met the needs of medical authors, clinical research associates and site investigators as the regulations set by the FDA or MHRA. A consequence of this broader approach helps to improve the understanding of participants and consent rates within clinical trials.
On completion of the MVP, and just prior to launch, our client sold the app to one of the several interested parties within the PharmaTech sector.
Accessibility to healthcare
Substrakt Health creates configurable and easy to use websites and applications to the NHS that drive efficiencies, reduce workload, and enable easy access to health services.
We were asked to build a video conferencing tool for GPs to deliver online appointments for their patients and create an app to support efficient flu vaccinations programs in remote locations NHS organisations.
GP video conferencing platform
This platform allowed General Practitioners to schedule and conduct conference calls with their patients at the click of a button. Patients were sent a text message which included a link that would allow them to attend the appointment using their mobile phone’s browser. This made it quick and easy for a patient to access their video appointment with the GP and enabled GPs to invite the relevant consultants to attend the call too, if required.
Flu vaccination app
Prior to the pandemic, we were asked to help Substrakt Health create an app that would allow patients to schedule flu vaccinations in remote places.
The app allowed an NHS Trust in Yorkshire to administer flu vaccinations to patients in alternative and remote locations such as car parks which freed up GP resources. To find out more about the impact of this app, please take a look at this short video.
If you’ve got an idea for a health or medical digital solution, please contact our CEO Jon Swinbourne, we’d love to help you create a healthier world.
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