So, in September, IBM hosted a hackathon at one of its U.K. offices where teams of software engineers competed to design the best app for Emerson along with his family.
The winning team designed a dashboard inside form of an iPad mounted on Emerson’s wheelchair. The app would certainly monitor the toddler’s body temperature, heart rate along with sweat levels along with send out alerts if there were any abnormal readings.
Dearsley said the app would certainly allow her son to live a more normal life. “Emerson has complex needs yet they’re needs in which shouldn’t stop him by being a normal two-year-old or a normal child,” she said. “So with an app This kind of would certainly allow him to continue to follow his peers.”
Emerson’s story is actually just one example of how apps are transforming the digital health industry. A 2015 report by Monitor Deloitte cited mobile health apps as the fastest growing segment inside industry. The report estimated in which the U.K.’s mobile health app market will be worth roughly £250 million ($328 million) by 2018.
“The app itself is actually dependent on how This kind of links with additional things,” said Karen Taylor, research director at Deloitte’s U.K. Centre for Health Solutions.
Taylor said apps are most successful when they offer a program designed to track its specific user’s health, like the apps envisioned for Emerson.