Delivering mHealth solutions with impact

Our team of physicians, software developers, healthcare technologists and behaviour scientists will work with you to create high impact healthcare solutions supported by mobile devices.

Clinical expertise

DigitalStitch is founded and run by physicians who can advise you on how digital solutions can meet the needs of patients and health professionals.

Behaviour change

Our leading behavioural scientists have expertise in designing sustainable, evidence-based behaviour change interventions (including work into smoking cessation, obesity and medication adherence).

Outcome metrics

We have expertise in valuing the impact of health interventions, and can work with you to develop appropriate measures tailored to capture only the most relevant information.

Study design

Our clinical scientists can work with you in designing studies to determine the effectiveness of your software solutions. This will help you disseminate your findings to wider audiences.

Technology integration

We will help you introduce new technologies into clinical environments where complex regulatory and information governance requirements exist.

User-centred design

We  ensure that the products we develop meet the needs of our customers by taking a research-led and user-centred design approach to their development.

Software development

Our software developers work across the different operating platforms and have worked with a range of well known organisations developing award winning apps.

Latest work

Hark

Across an average hospital, thousands of individual clinical tasks take place everyday. These may include writing prescription order, inserting an intravenous cannula or undertaking a patient review. These requests are often given verbally with no auditable record of what orders were requested and when. We have set out at Imperial College London to challenge the current status quo and provide a robust software solution to facilitate clinical task management and clinical collaboration.

Hark is the result of three years of user centred research and development. We have published a number of peer reviewed academic articles detailing our research in this area including in detailing problems with current processes and requirements for a new software solution. Hark is undergoing clinical trials at 2 London hospitals before wider roll out. A video about the role Hark can play in enhancing task management and collaboration is available here.

MySurgery

Working with the Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC) we have developed a new app called MySurgery to help and support patients and their families undergoing surgery. More information can be found about MySurgery in this press release.

By using MySurgery patients and their families can access information and tips on areas such as hand hygiene, DVT’s, wound care and nutrition. The aim is that through a better understanding of the process, patients will be more likely to have better outcomes. The app has been developed in conjunction with clinicians and patient experts and is available from the iTunes store for iOS. An android version is under development.

Pinion

We have developed Pinion – an iOS and Android platform for collecting patient experience and survey inputs with an analytics platform to automatically analyse and saliently present the data in a dashboard format. Clients can choose between dozens of different survey tools and design templates to create a bespoke, cost-effective survey/questionnaire.

Using the Pinion platform we have developed a patient experience survey app for a large hospital group in the Middle East. This has now has been implemented across dozens of sites and been featured in a number of press articles including the Gulf Times. We are now developing an analytics platform to present the data back to clinical teams and hospital managers in a salient format.

 

 

TalkLab

The Better Life Experiment is a series of three workshops supported by this app, intended to support young people with long-term conditions as they transition to becoming young adults with long-term conditions. Through the workshops, the Better Life Experiment offers young people a safe space to explore taking on more of their own care, to learn how to have tricky conversations with the adults who care about them, and to get to know others who are going through similar things. The supporting app is intended to guide them through the programme and is also a place for participants to record their private thoughts and reflections.

The programme is targeted towards 12 to 16 year olds with long-term conditions who are interested in figuring out how to better manage their own care. The programme is designed to be easily replicated and run by organisations that support young people in transitioning to greater responsibility for their care.

We have developed this app for ‘The Better Life Experiment’ is a project of the Talk Lab Consortium, a collective of health care workers, artists, writers, and others working with young people to try to make the NHS a better place for everyone. It is available on android platforms at the Google Play store.

Usher

Patients often enter complex care pathways for management of their conditions. Many common patient pathways often require multiple hospital visits for clinic reviews and investigations. Often patients report poor understanding of the reasons for each step in the journey. We have developed an integrated platform to support patients in the process. Key resources include

  • High quality patient information videos
  • Appointment reminders
  • Two way communication with clinical team
  • Key information in an emergency

Our first solution is for bariatric surgery and has been developed in conjunction with the Imperial Weight Centre at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and will be released in Spring 2015. A video of a beta version of the app can be seen here.

CareReport

Working with a team from the Centre for Health Policy at Imperial College London, our designers have developed a bespoke iOS app that allows health professionals to submit structured information about patient safety incidents. In the UK, almost 10% of patients coming into hospital are exposed to some type of harm or error. In many countries no reporting system exists and CareReport seeks to provide a solution through which health professionals and organisations can learn from errors.

End of Life Guidance

The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People has published a new approach to caring for people in the last few days and hours of life, that focuses on the needs and wishes of the dying person and those closest to them, in both the planning and delivery of care wherever that may be. Colleagues from the HELIX Centre designed new learning materials for the Alliance and one output is the End of Life Guidance app which we co-produced. Available on both iOS and Android, the app provides guidance in a salient format that is ideal for busy clinicians.

Clinical Guidelines

One of the most common requests we get at DigitalStitch is for apps that can deliver clinical guideline support to health professionals. We have spent time developing a content management service that allows clients to edit and update guidelines themselves, reducing costly updates from developers. We can work on providing you with a bespoke front end including logo design, graphics and animations whilst using our sophisticated server side platform to manage your own data. An example of our work in this area is developing a guide o. how to reduce Surgical Site Infections, which has been developed for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

MyGP: Brook Green Medical Centre

Coming soon

MyGP: Brook Green is now available to download on the iTunes store

DigitalStitch are very excited at work we have done with Brook Green Medical Centre in Hammersmith in developing an innovative mHealth platform for primary care. Providing service users with a huge range of functions we are confident that MyGP will bring real value to primary care providers. MyGP allows two way communication between GP’s and their patients. Users are be able to:

  • Access appointment booking and order repeat prescriptions
  • Find and rate local health services including hospitals and dentists
  • Find out about services provided by their GP practice
  • Provide feedback to their doctors and receive push notifications about services
  • Monitor chronic health problems including blood pressure and blood sugars

 

Imperial IGHI

The Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London seeks to improve people’s health through innovation. We worked with staff at the IGHI to develop up to date information about the centre’s activities through a bespoke iOS IGHI app, optimised for both iPhones and IPad’s.

Latest News

An evidence based approach to mHealth

April 2015

Members of the Imperial College London and DigitalStitch team have published an article in the academic journal BMJ Innovations on their strategy to mHealth development. The Imperial ‘Clarify, Design and Evaluate (CDE)’ approach to the development of digital health solutions.  Despite great enthusiasm for mHealth, there have been ongoing concerns regarding a lack of clinician involvement, end-user engagement and the lack of a robust evidence base, underpinning the development of many apps. In the article we present the CDE framework that supports the structured translation of an initial idea through to an effective app. The article is outlines the development of two apps using this approach so that other digital health innovators are aware of the requirement for well-conducted research, design and evaluation methods when implementing their apps. The article can be read in full here.

DigitalStitch projects at WISH 2015, Doha

February 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

With our close colleagues at the HELIX Centre we displayed a number of our digital health solutions in the Innovators Forum at WISH 2015 in Doha, Qatar. The World Innovation Summit for Health brings together leading policymakers, academics, clinicians and innovators to discuss the greatest challenges facing healthcare. A number of our digital health platforms were on display including

  •  CareReport – an innovative digital solution to collect information on patient safety incidents
  • Pinion – our platform for collecting patient experience data developed for a hospital group in Qatar
  • Hark – our task management and collaboration platform

A number of high profile delegates took time to find out more about our products solutions including Don Berwick (in picture), Devi Shetty and Sheika Mozah bint Nasser

DigitalStitch at TechCrunch London Disrupt

October 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Dominic King from DigitalStitch took part on a digital health panel at the TechCrunch London Disrupt event. On stage with Dominic were Tim Kelsey and Peter Hames and the panel discussed the potential role for digital solutions in the NHS and more widely. Dominic discussed issues including the role for digital interventions in managing Ebola, the importance of talking the behaviours underpinning many of the challenges we face in health policy and current barriers for digital health entrepreneurs. A video of the panel can be seen on the TechCrunch blog and some of the issues were further explored in articles on the CNBC and MobiHealthNews sites.