NHS England’s medical director Professor Bruce Keogh recently predicted a ‘”revolution in self-care” with new developments in wearable technology at is heart.

The way that technology has developed over the last 30 years has impacted almost everyone on the planet. With the recent introduction of personal technology, this brings the revolution directly to individuals and one sector that will evolve dramatically because of this is healthcare.

For the first time we are seeing personal technology including apps, wearables and medical devices, being developed to help individuals change behavior to maintain and improve health. The AXA PPP Health Tech and You initiative is an attempt to put the health technology revolution into a wider context for the benefit of patients and consumers.

Commenting on the impact that design is having on the personal health technology sector, Siobhan Keely of the Design Museum (one of the three partners of AXA PPP Health Tech and You initiative) said: “ Each partner is looking at the rapidly growing health tech movement through the eyes of their own respective audiences. For our part, this means that great design is considered alongside technical advancements and evolutions in how people access healthcare”.

The AXA PPP Health Tech and You Awards were launched this year, open to developers, designers and innovators in the field of personal technology, and the shortlisted and winning entries are currently being exhibited at the Design Museum. Showcasing amongst other things: Babylon which aims to deliver personalized healthcare direct to the user, anywhere, anytime; Brush DJ which aims to encourage good oral health; Cupris Otoscope which is a smartphone connected otoscope that enables users to take still and video images of their inner-ear to share with healthcare professionals; and EyKos which aims to predict flare-ups in chest infections in those who have long-term respiratory conditions.

Demographic, clinical and economic forces are all combining to place extreme pressure on the NHS, and advances in health tech will play a vital role in transforming the future of our healthcare. 

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