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British Start-Up Helping Children To Control Their Asthma Shortlisted For Abilitynet Tech4Good Awards 2020 | NEWS-Line for Long Term Care Professionals

British Start-Up Helping Children To Control Their Asthma Shortlisted For Abilitynet Tech4Good Awards 2020


British digital health start-up Clin-e-cal has been shortlisted for the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2020 in the digital health category. Clin-e-cal has developed a free smartphone app, called Rafi-Tone, which makes using an inhaler with a spacer easier and more fun for young children with wheeze or asthma symptoms.

Rafi-Tone uses gamification principles to make the process of using an inhaler with a spacer fun and engaging. Rafi Robot, the star of the app, helps to engage the child whilst promoting effective inhaler technique through a series of fun games. Positive inhaler technique means that medication is far more likely to be effective.

The Rafi-Tone app was initially developed by University academic, Professor Tariq Aslam, to help his son, Rafi, who was diagnosed with viral-induced wheeze when he was four years old, and experienced considerable distress when taking his inhaler medication. His fear and resistance to his treatment meant that he wasn’t getting the correct dose of his medication, which exacerbated his condition and risked hospitalisation.

Professor Aslam comments, “I initially thought that perhaps it was just Rafi who got so distressed about using a spacer, but after speaking to a number of respiratory physicians I realised that it is actually a very common problem. That is how the Rafi-Tone app was born, because I knew how amazing it would be if it could help other parents and children out there who were struggling.”

The Rafi-Tone app is designed for young inhaler users, but it also helps parents to overcome the anxieties often associated with treatment, and allows them to log and monitor their child’s inhaler use. Rafi-Tone is underpinned by Clin-e-cal’s patented Sound Response® technology, which recognises auditory signals from the spacer mask to verify that it is being used correctly.

A 2019 study, completed with support from Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), saw improvements in the children’s acceptance of the mask and spacer, with knock-on improvements in parents reporting they used the spacer every time they give the inhaler and that they use the preventer inhaler every day. Reported symptoms and the need to visit the GP or A+E for their child’s asthma were also reduced.

The AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards recognise organisations and individuals who use digital technology to improve the lives of others and make the world a better place. Clin-e-cal is one of four shortlisted entries in the digital health category. The winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on 24th September 2020.

The AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards are supported by BT, Arts Council England, Charity Digital, Comic Relief, Crowdfunder, Do IT, Good Things Foundation, Google, iDiversity Consulting, Information Technologists’ Company, Lenovo, Microsoft and Recite Me.

About Clin-e-cal

Clin-e-cal is a digital health company, spun-out from the University of Manchester and Manchester Foundation Trust. Patent protected Sound Response® technology and an evidence-based approach underpins our apps which are specifically designed to address significant needs in the respiratory sector.

Clin-e-cal is dedicated to expanding the utility of our technology working with partners to make rapid improvements for patients through science, technology and clinical research. We have a diverse and highly experienced management team providing a breadth of expertise in the respiratory device, digital health and start-up sectors.

Source: Clin-e-cal

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