ADI Wins Funding to Develop ‘Let Me Show U!’ App for Physically Disabled Children
ADI is delighted to be one of 3 Yorkshire and Humber companies to have received Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare funding to help develop innovations that support self-care and independence in children with long-term conditions.
The competition was organised and managed by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) together with the Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) Network on behalf of SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England initiative led by the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks.
With six percent of children in the UK living with disability, ingenious life changing solutions can ensure they have the best start in life. The successful technologies recognise the importance of encouraging independence and focus on restoring function to the disabled and providing appropriate support for self-care and remote monitoring.
The innovations also address a key challenge in developing technology for children and young people associated with growth and development. They have been judged to be age specific, versatile and adaptable to meet rapid physiological and anatomical changes.
Let Me Show U! (LMSU!) from ADI is an app to help physically disabled children explain to new carers the best way to address the child’s physical challenges. Built up over time within a secure personal health record controlled by the child and family, LMSU! uses digital media which is specific to each child, including videos, animations, audios, etc. Media snippets can be accessed at any time by the child or carers via apps running on standard phones and tablets.
Philippa Hedley-Takhar, Head of Investment & Partnerships for Yorkshire & Humber AHSN commented: “Children and young people with long term conditions spend much of their childhood in healthcare environments. This competition was designed to stimulate development of solutions to improve quality of life, promote independence and individual empowerment identified as a much- needed area of focus from families, young people and clinicians.”
Professor Paul Dimitri, Clinical Lead at TITCH said: “TITCH is a national network that has developed an approach to paediatric innovation to address the problems associated with the niche and often neglected market for technology in this field. The number, diversity and quality of applications received demonstrate the level of commitment to ensuring the best healthcare for children and give them the best opportunities in the future.”
SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England initiative, led by the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), that co-develops innovative products to address unmet health needs. The programme works with leading healthcare players to identify areas where technology can be applied to address major healthcare challenges. The successful projects have been selected on their potential value to the health service and on the improved outcomes delivered to patients. The companies will be supported and fully funded to demonstrate the technical feasibility of their proposed concept for a six-month development phase. Those businesses demonstrating best value and greatest technical feasibility at this stage (phase 1) will progress through (phase 2) to be further supported and funded to take their technologies through to commercialisation.