5 Health Apps from DoH’s £2m Innovation Fund

5 Health Apps from DoH’s £2m Innovation Fund

A £2 million government innovation fund has lead to the development of five new apps aimed at encouraging health and wellbeing.

The apps were funded by the Department of Health through the Small Business Research Initiative, and aim help to help people tackle obesity and alcohol abuse issues.


1. Drink Coach

Developed by the Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol, the Drink Coach allows users to track their drinking over the course of an evening, delivering continual prompts reminding them to slow down their pace. The latest version, launched next spring, will also allow users to log any alcohol-related injuries or arguments and share their goals of cutting down drinking via social media.


2. DontBottleItUp

This is the second app that Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol have won funding for, enabling people to take tests concerning their drinking habits.


3. The Walk

Six to Start’s app encourages players to walk 10,000 steps every day, acting as a form of personal pedometer. The app launches in December, and from January will be included in a research project at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, examining how exercise can help treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis.


4. StepJockey

The StepJockey app and website work in tandem,allowing people to rate and label parts of their physical environment for ‘calorie burn’.


5. Chimp Shop

Attention Retraining Technologies “Chimp Shop” app uses psychological techniques to help players retrain their attention and behaviour to assist them in reducing their alcohol consumption.

Health Minister, Lord Howe said the government wants to encourage innovation.

“Small businesses drive innovation in this country and through competitions like this one, we can support and inspire businesses to grow and help address the healthcare challenges facing the NHS,” he said.

The government also plans to make a statement next month regarding how it will support small businesses. This will set out a range of measures to help budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses succeed.

Original Source EHI

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