Pioneering Health Tech Picks Up Prestigious Awards

29 April 2017

London 27th April 2017 – A finger prick blood test monitor that helps chemotherapy patients manage their treatment, software that turns physiotherapy into video games and a collection of clothes that heighten or mute senses to help people affected by autism are amongst the winners of the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards 2017.

The winners were announced at a prestigious gala ceremony at the new Design Museum in London attended by leading innovators, designers, entrepreneurs and executives from the international health technology sector. The evening was compered by Technology Journalist and Broadcaster Lara Lewington and included a keynote speech on the future of health tech by Engineer, Scientist and Change Agent, Dr Peter Cochraine. 

Now in its third year, AXA PPP Health Tech & You, a programme led by AXA PPP healthcare, continues to promote the widespread awareness of health tech and to power people to use this technology to live life well today and in the future.

The judging approach was tailored to ensure that each winner fulfilled the individual focus of each of the six award categories to support specific needs in society. From developing smart concepts that push the boundaries of health tech to recognising health technology that is already making a genuine difference to people’s lives, the winning entries were chosen by individual category judging panels, made up of leading health, tech and design leaders. This year there were a total of 25 prestigious judges, across the six categories. 

To celebrate the continuing growth and breadth of health technology, all of the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards 2017 finalists and winners are being showcased at an exhibition at The Design Museum.

The interactive exhibition challenges visitors with the question of ‘When will we stop needing doctors?’ The exhibition takes people through the historical origins of health tech, allows people to view all of this year’s finalists as well as a selection of previous winners and provides a snapshot of health tech today. 

The exhibition then aims to address what the future of health tech could look like. It features radical concepts, from origami robots made from people’s DNA to brain/chip interfaces to fully integrate technology and health.

The AXA PPP Health Tech & You exhibition is free to enter and is at The Design Museum from 27th April to 8th May 2017.

Gordon Henderson, Marketing & Innovation Director, AXA PPP healthcare, says: “We are delighted to announce the winners of the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards 2017. The Awards recognise and celebrate the best in personal health technology innovations to benefit consumers and our members to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

“The winners and finalists this year show an emergence of Artificial Intelligence, interactive wearables, gamification and personal medical testing – health tech that would have seemed very ahead of the time when AXA PPP healthcare founded the Health Tech & You programme in 2014. 

“At AXA PPP healthcare, we are very proud to consider ourselves as playing a part in this ever-evolving nature of health technology to care for and support individuals, helping them to live life well not only today, but in the future. The theme of health tech in the past, today and in the future is explored at our Health Tech & You Exhibition opening today at The Design Museum.” 

The six award categories were developed to focus on health technology that can support specific needs in society with their own judging and entry approach. Partnering with AXA PPP healthcare on the categories were founding partners 2020health and The Design Museum as well as The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design – Royal College of Art, innovation accelerator The Bakery, design-led social movement The Age of No Retirement and Roy Lilley’s popular NHS blog – The Academy of Fabulous Stuff. With nearly 200 high calibre entries, the prestigious judging panels made up of leading figures from healthcare, design, technology and media had a challenging task with the six winners emerging as the best of this high standard. 

The Winners Are: 

Trending Award – Health tech that is making a genuine difference to people’s lives right now. This category looked at the health tech being discussed on social media. Through listening and identifying the health tech that was most discussed, the online public voted via social media for their favourite.

Winner – MyAsthma

An app designed to help people living with asthma understand more about themselves and their condition, and to help to manage it. The app works in several ways; the asthma control test (ACT) that helps people understand how well controlled their asthma is, tracking medicine usage and asthma attacks to help communication between themselves and their healthcare professional. It also connects to the user’s everyday life, learning what triggers their asthma from location, weather and air quality, and offering useful advice in these situations. MyAsthma is the first pharma-supported Grade 1 Medical Device as a smartphone app. 

The Future Award – In partnership with Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design – Royal College of Art, this category identified products, services, systems or devices that address future health challenges. It sought highly innovative ideas that pushed the boundaries of health tech and provided a clear vision as to how people’s lives can be supported in new and interesting ways. 

Winner – sensewear

A collection of clothes and accessories that emphasise the use of senses. Their primary purpose is to stimulate and improve awareness of our senses, while training us to better use them all. Some sensewear items are designed to mute physical sensations, some to sharpen them. The collection is inspired by therapies applied to Sensory Processing Disorders and developed with the technical support of therapists assisting people affected with autism. Anxiety, stress and panic attacks are the most typical symptoms of autism but, as many other people also suffer from these conditions, the collection is not only aimed at people with disabilities but for people living busy and often stressful lives. The goal for the project is to design an attractive, inclusive collection that can be worn by anyone and not stigmatising a person with a disorder.

AXA PPP Health Tech & You Challenge – For the third year, AXA PPP Health Tech & You highlights the most pressing current challenges and invites the health tech community to say how their innovations are best placed to tackle them. In partnership with innovation accelerator The Bakery, this category identified the next big innovation that will help people live life well by managing their own health – technologies that inspire people to stay healthy, get better or support them when they’re unwell. The category is looking for digital tools, applications and devices that will support people in sickness and in health – not only helping them get better but keeping them healthy in the first place.

Winner – Affinity

A connected device for people with cancer to monitor their blood cell counts from home. Low blood counts are a common side effect of chemotherapy. White blood cells defend the body from infection and low white blood cell counts can result in serious infection and problematic delays to chemotherapy treatment. From a simple finger prick test, Affinity can help people identify if blood cell counts are dropping whilst they are at home in between chemotherapy cycles. This can help avoid infection and keep treatment on track. Affinity provides a supportive link between patient and clinician by automatically sharing results. 

The Health & Care Professional’s Choice – This category aimed to highlight a health technology which is highly valued by health and care professionals. In partnership with Roy Lilley’s pioneering Academy of Fabulous Stuff, it looked for the person-focused health technology that professionals think has made a significant difference to care. It didn’t have to be high-tech but aimed at the patient. 

Winner – uMotif

A platform that captures high quality health data from patients through digital tools they love to use. The platform has been clinically proven through trials in the NHS and deployed through world-leading studies, capturing millions of data points. It is helping patients take control, improving clinical appointments and modernising clinical research trials.

The Health Tech & Age Award – In partnership with design-led movement for intergenerational social change, The Age of No Retirement, this category aimed to identify excellence in design innovation and technical adaption of health tech that can support independent living as we get older. 

Winner – MIRA Rehab

A platform that turns physical and cognitive exercises into video games, making therapy easier to follow. It asks patients to complete the recommended movements to progress through each game level. As a result, patients are playing while at the same time actually recovering. The patient’s performance data is tracked, storing all the repetitions, improvements or issues for therapists to adapt treatment accordingly. 

The Wow! Award – It was not possible to actually enter this category but instead it’s made up of the truly stand-out, disruptive innovations that didn’t quite fit in the other five categories but have everyone talking… 

Winner – HealthUnlocked

The largest social network for health in the world. Each month millions of people are supported to improve their health through online peer support and self-management in over 600 health and wellbeing online communities. HealthUnlocked partners with hundreds of patient advocacy organisations and charities within these communities, providing them with support, expertise and moderation, and offers a range of unique solutions to organisations and businesses, specialising in access to an active health-focused audience.

For more information on this year’s winners, the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards programme and exhibition, visit the awards page