An evidence based approach to mHealth

2 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

22 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

21 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.

mHealth at the 2014 World Economic Forum

10 October 2014








Video of presentation can be found here

Dominic King and Ara Darzi from DigitalStitch attended the recent 2014 World Economic Forum held in Davos. The World Economic Forum brings together top business leaders, international politicians, academics and journalists to discuss the most pressing challenges facing the world. With other academics from Imperial College London, they presented an IdeasLab to address specific issues of importance with a high profile audience.

Lack of clinician input in mHealth app development

10 September 2014

There are around 40,000 healthcare apps available for smartphones and there has been concern for some time that many apps do not have appropriate clinician input and are not evidence-based. In recent research we have undertaken and published in the journal Breast we looked at all apps available for breast diseases including breast cancer. Only a small percentage of apps (less than 13%) demonstrated any clinician involvement. Potential safety concerns were identified in 15% of apps. You can read more here.

DigitalStitch present at Apple event

5 August 2014

Apple held an event in July at their European Headquarters in London for mHealth innovators in the NHS. The exiting meet-up was opened by Professor Ara Darzi from Imperial College London and DigitalStitch who gave his perspective on how mHealth could meet many of the challenges we are facing in the NHS. We then heard from Mark Henderson the IT chief at the Mayo clinic who demonstrated how a hospital system could really use mHealth to enhance healthcare delivery. Presentations followed from a number of innovative Trusts and organisations in the NHS. Dominic King demonstrated a number of apps under development at Imperial and DigitalStitch, describing in detail the clinical handover platform that is now ready for testing.

Imperial/DigitalStitch Dragon’s Den for Healthcare Apps

13 November 2013

The winners of a competition for academic and NHS staff will receive help to develop their ideas for smartphone apps to improve healthcare. Clinicians and researchers from Imperial were invited to submit a 250-word design brief for an app that would transform how health services are delivered and how medical staff communicate with patients.

Two entries, an app that helps patients strengthen their lungs before undergoing surgery and another to help doctors share clinical images, were chosen as joint winners by the judges. The competition was organised in partnership between Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Imperial College London and DigitalStitch, a spin-out company from Imperial College London specialising in developing mobile technologies for healthcare.

The judging panel included Professor Lord Ara Darzi, Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and co-founder of DigitalStitch; Kevin Jarrold, chief information officer at the Trust; and Tim Kelsey, director for patients and information at NHS England. Peter Hames, CEO of Sleepio, an app which uses cognitive behavioural therapy to help people with anxiety and insomnia to sleep, was also on the panel providing industry experience. Tim Bunting, a partner in the venture capitalist firm Balderton Capital, examined the ideas from a funding perspective.

The creator of the winning applications will receive support and expertise worth £15,000 to design, develop and market their innovation. DigitalStitch will help the winner to bring their idea to market.

Imperial apps dragons den: panel announced

12 October 2013

An exciting event is taking place at St Mary’s Hospital in London on November the 6th 2013. Staff of Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust and Imperial College London have been asked to submit ideas for apps that could improve patient outcomes or experience. We have received over 60 high quality applications and 10 of these will be asked to pitch to our panel of experts on the day. Confirmed panel members are

Professor the Lord Darzi - Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London

Kevin Jarrold – Chief Information Officer at IMperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Tim Kelsey – NHS Director of Patients and Information

Tim Bunting – Partner, Balderton Capital

Peter Hames – Co-Founder and CEO of Sleepio

MyGP: Brook Green now available on iTunes

27 September 2013

DigitalStitch are pleased to announce the release of our primary care platform MyGP. Working with Brook Green Medical Centre in London we have developed an app that we think will really help patients using primary care. Using the app, patients can;

- Find out more about the different services provided at Brook Green
- Access appointment booking and repeat prescription services through your phone (an account is required)
-Search and rate local health services including hospitals, pharmacies and dentists
-Keep a record of blood pressure and blood sugar readings
-Receive updates and information from Brook Green Medical Centre

Primary care practices have been slow to develop apps due to the costs inherent in their development. Me have developed a platform that can be easily customised for different GP practices. If you want to find out more get in touch with us