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AXA PPP Health Tech & You: The Professional’s Choice Award Shortlist: TickerFit

Thank you so much to Julia Manning and the team at 2020Health for their post about our shortlisting for the AXA PPP Health Tech & You, Professional's Choice Award! 

"TickerFit was founded by chartered physiotherapist Avril Copeland. Avril founded the company after becoming frustrated seeing the same patients readmitted to hospital due to a lack of follow on support.

TickerFit enables healthcare providers to deliver primary and secondary prevention interventions to patients remotely. Through a web based platform health professionals can customise a programme of exercise education reminders and patient reported outcomes.

The patient’s curriculum is delivered to them via the mobile application. The patient completes daily tasks to fulfil their personalised curriculum. In primary care GPs are using TickerFit to deliver physical activity interventions to patients at risk of cardiovascular disease. Two RCTs are underway. TickerFit is being piloted in cardiac rehabilitation. Patients who are unable to attend the traditional model of cardiac rehab are being prescribed TickerFit."

Judges Comments:

“A new way of rehabilitation for patients who cannot have the traditional type of cardiac rehab”

“Cloud based so easily accessible but safe for medical professionals to access”

“Easy monitoring of health condition and improvement through rehabilitation”

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The artificial intelligence revolutionising healthcare - Irish Times

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By 2019, all Irish maternity hospitals will be using advanced newborn-monitoring tech

Last year, it was reported that supercomputer IBM Watson diagnosed a rare form of leukaemia in a patient at a University of Tokyo-affiliated hospital whose case had baffled her medical team.

The cloud-based, artificial intelligence-powered supercomputer is capable of cross-referencing and analysing data from tens of millions of oncology papers from research institutes all over the world. From vast volumes of data, it can instantly pull out the information it needs, much faster than humans can.

The University of Tokyo reported that the 60-year-old Japanese woman was correctly diagnosed in just 10 minutes by Watson, after her genetic data was cross-referenced with the computer’s own database.

More and more, health technologies originally viewed as futuristic – like virtual avatars and chatbots – have become reality. These technologies use artificial intelligence (AI) to mimic conversation with people, interact on the internet and perform other tasks that would normally require human intelligence.

One example of this is Sensely, a mobile triage smartphone app currently being trialled by the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.

Olivia, Sensely’s artificially intelligent virtual nurse, guides patients naturally through their personal healthcare needs on demand 24/7, 365 days a year. The blue-eyed, dewy skinned young woman in blue NHS scrubs, gathers information by listening to the patient and asking questions, similar to a person-to-person interaction with a clinician.

Become a reality

Sensely was developed by a Californian start-up, but as Richard Corbridge, chief executive of eHealth Ireland points out, there’s no need to go to California to see examples of how AI is revolutionising healthcare. Five out of the top 10 start-ups in Dublin last year were in the digital health arena, he says.

Corbridge will be speaking at this week’s Dublin Technology Summit 2017 (February 15th to 16th) on the topic of “Health Reality, Not Science Fi”.

 

“Things are moving so fast that technologies we would have regarded as sci-fi last year, will become a reality this year. Over the last couple of years, Ireland has made some really big strides in digital healthcare,” he says.

“We are still the last ‘first world’ country not to have a national electronic health record (EHR) in place, yet we are way ahead in other areas, like DNA genome sequencing.”

The eHealth Epilepsy Lighthouse Project has developed the infrastructure to sequence the genome (figure out the order of DNA nucleotides in a complete set of genes) in patients and to record this information for clinicians to use in the delivery of care. The significance of sequencing the genome is that it can be used by healthcare systems across the world to predict what will happen to an individual patient’s health.

Corbridge remarks: “Take a patient with epilepsy who has had an epileptic seizure every day for 20 years at least. By taking a sample of that patient’s DNA, we can sequence the genome and enter the information into his/her EHR.

“The multidisciplinary team can then use this data to change or adapt the patient’s care plan. Within a week of one patient on the project changing his diet, he went a full day without having a fit for the first time in 20 years.”

Over the past few weeks, every maternity hospital in Ireland has been visited by teams from eHealth Ireland to identify where the gaps are in their digital health capabilities and to close them.

“Going forward, every newborn baby in hospital will have three devices in their cot, monitoring respiration, temperature and heart rate. All of this information is automatically transferred to the baby’s EHR.

Vital information

“Instead of constantly checking these levels in individual patients, each nurse has a tablet PC where they can see the vital information on all the babies in their care at their fingertips, including requests for tests and scans and results. Within the next two years, every hospital in Ireland will have this technology. It’s an amazing leap for Ireland in a short space of time,” says Corbridge.

With an increased emphasis on getting patients to self-manage their health where possible, rapid advances are being made in smartphone and wearable devices. Another eHealth project is an app for patients with bipolar disorder which uses a chatbot to engage with the user, monitor their mood and try to keep them on the right track. With the patient’s consent, the app can contact their carer or GP if it feels they need support.

Dublin-based start-up TickerFit enables health professionals to prescribe, educate and monitor a heart patient’s recovery from a distance through a wearable device. Founder Avril Coleman is another of the speakers at this week’s summit which brings global leaders in innovation, technology and business together to shape the future of global trends and technologies. The two-day summit will host 10,000 members of the tech community at the Convention Centre Dublin this Thursday and Friday.

Fabian Bolin, cofounder of War on Cancer, will be talking about waroncancer.com, an online storytelling community to help people deal with the mental challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis.

Music’s new role in healthcare and the evolving world of HealthTunes will be explored in a session entitled “When Medicine Rocks”, with the panel discussing the possibility of a time when music, given its undeniable influence on our emotions, could be prescribed along with conventional medicines.

To learn more visit dublintechsummit.com.

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TickerFit awarded Best Industry/Health System Collaboration by IMSTA

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TickerFit awarded Best Industry/Health System Collaboration by IMSTA

 
 

TickerFit were delighted to receive the award for Best Industry/Health System Collaboration by the Irish Medical Surgical and Trade Association, at their recent awards ceremony at Croke Park. The annual IMSTA awards celebrate the achievements of medical technology companies working in the Irish health system.  TickerFit were shortlisted for three awards on the night and were delighted to win Best Industry/Health System Collaboration. Sponsored by Prospectus Management Consultants, TickerFit were recognised for their work in both primary and secondary prevention in Ireland.

Founder/CTO Greg Balmer accepting the award for Best Industry/Health Care System Collaboration

Founder/CTO Greg Balmer accepting the award for Best Industry/Health Care System Collaboration

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Launch of Ireland's National Health Innovation Hub, 26th September 2016, Cork

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Launch of Ireland's National Health Innovation Hub, 26th September 2016, Cork

On September 26th, we had the great opportunity to be part of the official launch of Ireland's National Health Innovation Hub.  As part of the launch, we got to showcase TickerFit to the many notable attendees including, Minister for Health, Simon Harris and Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney.  A wonderful morning of excitement and innovation.

 

 

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eHealth in Revolution Conference, Dublin Castle, 15th - 17th September, 2016

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eHealth in Revolution Conference, Dublin Castle, 15th - 17th September, 2016

I recently had the honour of speaking at the eHealth in Revolution conference at Dublin Castle. The conference is the brainchild of Professor Ken McDonald and his team at The Heartbeat Trust, Ireland's National Heart Failure charity.  

The conference boasted an impressive line up of both national and international speakers, all of whom have the common interest of using technology to make the delivery of healthcare more effective and efficient. Notable speakers included Dr. Paul Grundy (IBM), Dr. Evan Muse (Scripps Healthcare) and Prof. Alan Maisel, (University of California)

Proceedings began on Thursday evening with a talk from Minister for Health, Simon Harris and from then on a steady stream of experts in ehealth took to the stage. Topics ranged from data protection to heart failure virtual consults to interesting panel sessions asking the question of what ehealth can and does deliver. 

Minister for Health, Simon Harris opens the conference

Minister for Health, Simon Harris opens the conference

I had the opportunity to speak on Friday the 16th and spoke to the audience of mainly health professionals, researchers and industry about, "eHealth in the Real World - Trials and Tribulations". Thankfully our talk was warmly received and it was great to meet and connect with so many enthusiastic attendees who really understood the need for our work.  

The ever inspiring and entertaining, Dr. Johnny Walker of Health Founders

The ever inspiring and entertaining, Dr. Johnny Walker of Health Founders

An incredibly well run conference with notable speakers from around the world and FREE to attend.  Whats not to love :) 

A must for next year's calendar.    

The conference programme can be viewed HERE

The conference was recorded for education purposes, therefore all the talks are available HERE.  Its free to register. 

eHealth in the Real World - Trials and Tribulations

eHealth in the Real World - Trials and Tribulations

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NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016, Manchester Central

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NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016, Manchester Central

This year we were delighted to be part of the 2016 Health and Care Innovation Expo.  On both days we had the opportunity to present TickerFit to a mixed audience of health professionals and NHS executives. There was a great atmosphere at the conference.  One of accomplishment about the advances the NHS has already made, excitement about current and future plans around implementing the Five Year Forward View, and finally, a feeling of true focus and synergy among the delegates, all on the same mission of making the delivery of world class care more efficient and accessible. 

 
 
New Care Models Zone at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016

New Care Models Zone at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016

Preparing for the first pitch of TickerFit at the New Care Models Zone

Preparing for the first pitch of TickerFit at the New Care Models Zone

Over the 2 days I had the honour of chairing the expert panel session "Accelerating Care: new-models.digital".  The Speakers included Dr Paul Grundy MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM, Chief Medical Officer and Global Director of Healthcare Transformation for IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences; Dr Nav Chana MA Ed, MBBS, FRSGP, Chair of the NAPC and GP in Mitcham, Surrey; Dr Junaid Bajwa, Director of Healthcare Services at MSD UK; and Claire Oatway, Chief Operating Officer at Beacon Medical Group.  

 

It was a really interesting session, where we heard from experts leading the way in primary care. Our first panelist, Dr. Paul Grundy is the chief medical officer and global director of healthcare transformation for IBM's Healthcare and Life Science Industry.  Also known as the “godfather” of the Patient Centred Medical Home movement, Dr. Grundy shared his learnings from his work in the US and also from the numerous countries he has been working with around the world.  

Avril and Dr. Paul Grundy, 'Godfather' of the Patient Centred Medical Home Movement

Avril and Dr. Paul Grundy, 'Godfather' of the Patient Centred Medical Home Movement

Dr. Nav Chana, Chairman of the National Association of Primary Care where they are leading the way on the "Primary Care Home (PCH)".  Dr. Chana informed the audience on his work in supporting the current transformation of Primary Care in England and how digital innovations are supporting this work.  Dr. Bajwa, GP and Director of Healthcare Services at MSD UK and Claire Oatway from Beacon Medical Group spoke of their work in implementing the Primary Care Home model, their experiential learning and the key insights they have gained.  Dr. Bajwa also spoke about how digital technologies can be used to accelerate and make more efficient primary care in England. Overall a really interesting and informative session from a very experienced and well respected panel of experts.  The enthusiasm for digital solutions like TickerFit was evident during the panel session, but also throughout the entire expo.  At TickerFit, we believe we can play a pivotal role in helping achieve the objectives outlined in the Five Year Forward View.  We look forward to working with NHS England to realise this. 

Thank you to all the speakers, Velocity Health, MSD UK and all the attendees of the Expo who showed such great interest in the Pop Up University and also our work at TickerFit.

 
 

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