An innovative patient-centred mHealth App, called Pulse, has been selected as the winning health solution at the inclusive HealthCare Innovation (iHI) health hackathon that took place in Cape Town last week.

Health workers, entrepreneurs, designers, students and software developers collaborated in the 12 hour event at Groot Schuur Hospital to co-create innovative technological solutions that address real healthcare challenges.

At the end of the day, the teams pitched their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win an array of prizes and the opportunity to further develop their solution.

The idea behind the winning Pulse app was to incentivise patients to manage chronic conditions and stay healthy through a points system.

“Pulse will help patients to keep track of their health status and medication. It reminds users to take their medication or attend appointments, and users are able to add notes on their symptoms and response to medication,” said Project Coordinator at iHI, Eldi van Loggerenberg.

The app will also reward users for compliance through a points system. “Each time they visit the clinic or hospital, take their medication, or improve their health status, they accumulate points which can be redeemed at Pick ‘n Pay, Clicks or Dischem,” said van Loggerenberg.

The winning team behind the push app consists of representative from Replensih and Marie Stopes. eHealthNews would like to congratulate each of the team members for their contribution: Samuel Molahloe, Sello Lehong, Lazola Sifuba, Mbasakazi Magwegwe, Wadzie Muramba , Andrea Thompson, Snehta Goodur, Keoikantse Botlholo and Julia Wood.

For coming in at first place, the team will receive support to develop the app to the value of R10,000 and will have access to mentoring provided by PwC, Vula Mobile, Visions2Ventures and the Bertha Centre.

van Loggerenberg and her team consisting of fellow UCT medical students, a representative from Mobenzi, a medical doctor and a web consultant, came in second place for their app  CommunityConnect.

“The app aims to promote health through connecting communities to existing social resources, including counselling services, training and education services and wellness programmes. The app will collate all the social services and community resources in the Western Cape in one simple interface, making it easy to identify resources according to type and location,” explained van Loggerenberg.

Other eHealth apps developed during the hackathon include Medipoint, an app for patient held medical information; UPYA, an app to help patients recover after being discharged from physical rehabilitation services; MyHospital, an app to compile information about medical facilities in South Africa, including information for interns; and Diagnostic, an app to assist in patient management and diagnostics in rural areas.

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