Partnership to develop mobile health platform to support independent living

13 March 2014

HMA Digital Marketing, the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) at the University of Sheffield, and Tunstall Healthcare are collaborating to develop 'mHealth Assist', a mobile health platform.
mHealth Assist will support healthcare management and independent living for people with long-term conditions, providing personalised healthcare information and customised support.
The project is being funded through an investment from the Creative England NHS Digital Fund awarded to HMA Digital Marketing. The Fund is geared towards creative SMEs who want to take innovative concepts or prototypes into the NHS marketplace.
Early research at CATCH with potential users is defining what functions need to be included so that people can easily access the most useful support and information. This focuses on the needs of vulnerable people, including those living with dementia, visual impairment or needing solutions to resolve communication difficulties.

Dr Ceri Batchelder, Business Development Director and HMA’s lead on digital healthcare, said, “Creative England’s support and our partnership with Tunstall and CATCH are enabling us to accelerate the development of mHealth Assist and provide new digital approaches to improve quality of care”.
Richard‎ France, Centre Development Manager at CATCH said, “This is an exciting partnership where our expertise in researching new technologies to support health and social care complements the innovative digital design ideas at HMA and the commercial development experience of Tunstall.”
Jim Farmery, Director of Business Investment at Creative England, said: “We introduced the NHS Digital Fund in partnership with NHS England to help improve the health and wellbeing of patients using the very technology we have at our fingertips – mobile technology and app development. mHealth Assist is the perfect example of creative and innovative technology that can be developed with the right support.”


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