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A smart glove that translates sign language into text and speech, a bracelet that automatically fends off menopausal hot flushes, a meal planning app using artificial intelligence to help users plan and shop for meals and a platform and tool that respectively monitor and assess people for early diagnosis of dementia. These are just some of the winners of the AXA Health Tech & You Awards 2018.
The winners were announced at a prestigious gala ceremony at the Royal College of General Practitioners in Central 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 who also delivered a keynote speech on how health technology is changing and impacting our lives, based on her own insights, experience and knowledge as a leading technology journalist.
AXA Health Tech & You is now in its fourth year and is led by AXA PPP healthcare, who have listened to customers to discover health technology that helps with their common and often unmet healthcare needs. This includes solutions to help support mental health in the workplace, health tech that better supports women as they reach the peri-menopause and technologies to motivate people attempting a positive lifestyle change.
For the first time, four of the six categories – the Challenge categories – had a different approach in discovering the finalists and winners: Working with innovation accelerator, The Bakery, the aim was to find innovators that have the potential to partner with AXA PPP healthcare, integrating solutions through its member health and wellbeing programmes.
The other two categories operated in a more traditional way, supported by category partners, allowing innovators to enter the Awards directly if they met the categories’ criteria. The Innovations in the Early Diagnosis of Dementia category was partnered with Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Women Entrepreneurs in Health Tech category partnered with Collider Health and Our Mobile Health.
The judging approach was tailored to ensure that each winner fulfilled the individual focus of their chosen category supporting specific needs in society. Each judging panel was made up of health experts, representatives from business, as well as journalists and public figures with a specialism in the category criteria. There were a total of 25 prestigious judges across the six categories.
To celebrate this year’s finalists and winners all 18 innovators attended both the Awards evening and a Media Preview earlier in the day, where they had the opportunity to showcase their shortlisted or winning innovation to invited guests and the media.
It gives us great pleasure to announce the worthy winners of the AXA Health Tech & You Awards 2018. For a fourth year, the programme has continued to discover and showcase the very best in health tech innovation, not just to integrate into our member health and wellbeing programmes, but for the greater good of consumers too.
The winners and finalists this year show how artificial intelligence is helping consumers tailor their individual health and lifestyle requirements and how wearables are playing an increasing part in monitoring symptoms for health conditions, or helping to prevent these conditions, by encouraging people to stick to their health and fitness goals.
At AXA PPP healthcare, we are looking forward to working with some of this year’s winning innovators as we continue our restless pursuit to offer the best technology to our customers, giving them better control of their own health..
In partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK, this category aims to identify excellence in design innovation and technology development that can support the diagnosis of diseases underpinning dementia.
Note: Aparito and Cognetivity are joint winners for this category due to the judges agreeing that both innovations equally fulfilled the entry criteria.
This category aims to support women who are changing the way people think about their health and how to care for others.
This category has an objective to better support employees’ mental wellbeing and is looking for solutions that can monitor day-to-day behaviours and flag up early signs of mental health conditions.
This category aims to discover technologies and solutions that can deliver an engaging experience to people who are attempting a lifestyle change and to motivate them to keep to their goals.
This category aims to find technologies which can help monitor and subsequently alert (in case of emergency) a caregiver when one of their users is in distress.
This category aims to find technologies which help give women better control, enabling women to easily track symptoms of peri-menopause, with relevant clinically-validated hormone levels, so they can better understand their experience and can get appropriate support and information.
For more information on this year’s winners and the AXA Health Tech & You Awards programme, visit www.healthtechandyou.com
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