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Medical App Award 2016 presented

New applications ease communication between doctor and patient. Winning app is suitable for nervous system illness sufferers

The “Predictable” app has won the Medical App Awards 2016. For the first time, the winners of the Medical App Awards and the additional category, Medical App Idea, were honored during the “Vernetze Gesundheit” (Networked Health) congress in Kiel on January 12, 2016. Last autumn, the north German industry network, Life Science Nord and FUSE GmbH issued a call to providers and developers of medical apps across Germany to submit their applications.

Patient education per mobile

The “Predictable” app, developed by the Therapy Box company, is built on written-language based technology with voice output. The application gives a voice to people who are unable to articulate themselves naturally. These include Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients and people with cerebral palsy resulting from strokes or head injuries. The runner-up, Dr. med. Urs Vito Albrecht’s iSign-IT-App, also makes communication easier for patients by translating medical texts into sign language. Thus, the app offers crucial support to the deaf or people who are hard of hearing when a sign-language interpreter is not around. Third prize went to Synmedico GmbH’s infoskop app. By showing patient data on a mobile, it offers a solution for educating and documenting people per mobile phone.

Support for insulin self-therapy

Three winners in the Medical App Idea category were also honored. This category aims to give start-ups and students an opportunity to present concepts for medical apps. The winning concept is the“Patchie” app by Birds and Trees UG. This app playfully helps chronically-ill children with cystic fibrosis, their parents and carers through therapy. The runner-up was the “HEAT” app which offers a reliable distinction between atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter and thus increases the number of accurate diagnoses and therapies in the area of cardiac arrhymthia. The idea was proposed by Fabian Müller, who applied in his function as founder of the start-up mathe.medical GmbH. Third prize went to Marlon End, of the HULT International Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the “DiAs – Diabetes Assistent“ idea. This helps Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics communicate with their doctors and with insulin self-therapy.

Target-group-oriented representation

Matthias Steffen, Head of Life Science Nord Medical Apps Working Group and Managing Director of FUSE GmbH, said: “We would like to thank all the developers and providers for their commitment and creative ideas some of which have already been turned into ready to use apps.” The jury was surprised by the range of the submitted apps and ideas. An interdisciplinary jury of experts examined the applications according to criteria such as target-group oriented representation of information, user friendliness as well as data and consumer protection.

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