Social Inclusion Award Winners 2019
We are proud to have been awarded a ‘Social Inclusion’ award at the inaugural Keele University Breaking the Mould Awards earlier this month. Held in the atrium of the recently opened and our new home, the Smart Innovation Hub. Liam and Jakub were at the celebration to pick up our stunning award.
Whilst putting it pride of place on the office bookshelf we nearly broke the award, turns out it’s a very sturdily made piece of kit!
It’s really good to be recognised for the work that we do. It gives us the opportunity to highlight the importance of working in collaboration to improve the lives of others. Bitjam’s purpose is not to profit but to use business as a force for good.
As Liam announced on stage at the awards ceremony, Bitjam’s next move will be into the satellite technology sector. Watch this space!
Digital Health Technologies
Collaborating is in our blood. Partnering with like-minded businesses is how we work, enabling us to improve lives, especially in the healthcare sector.
Funded by Innovate UK, Bitjam has partnered with a large hospital trust, and three innovative health technology companies to deliver ‘Smart with your Heart’.
The £1.2 million project at University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) is enabling heart failure patients to better care for themselves and prevent readmissions into the hospital.
With the support of community staff at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 300 patients are piloting 3 digital health technologies:
Florence is a telehealth SMS service powered by Bitjams software and Simpletelehealths methodology. It enables patients to respond to text messages asking how they are feeling compared to their last text message – same, better or worse, or ask how they are against a professionally designed symptom checker. Information is collated by the telehealth co-ordinator and circulated to clinicians if necessary.
Recap Health is an online health library holding videos and information tailored to patients’ need and condition, aiding self-managed care.
“Patients are better informed and better able to self care effectively”Recap Health
“So far, the technology is working. I’m still on the recovery path but using Florence and the Recap Health means I don’t have to keep going back to hospital and I feel that there is help and support should I need it.”Kelly, patient
he final tool in the box of these heart failure patients is i-Navigator . A social prescribing tool, which is a key component in the NHS vision of Universal Personalised Care. Patients can be easily referred to link workers from range of local health and public service agencies. Self-referral is encouraged.
We are living in an age where smartphones have become instruments for creating monumental change for individuals, social groups, cultures and communities around the globe. It is estimated that this project alone could lead to 24,000 fewer hospital admissions in the region, 240,000 fewer bed days and save the NHS £60m.
Bitjam was created to be a part of this positive change. From geeking out combining music with technology to working with Australian healthcare providers on important projects, using technology for social good is at the forefront of what we do. Our work with the public sector, including healthcare, charities and education, continues to inspire us. We’ve learnt about so many issues that affect many people around the world on a daily basis and had the chance to brainstorm with some incredible people to create simple technological solutions.
It was great to be working alongside the main partners of an innovative piece of work to make an impact on enhancing patient care. For more information on the Smart with your Heart project please contact UHNM.
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B Corporation: Application stage
Here at the Smart Innovation Hub we are looking to the future and using our expertise in business as a force for good.
Bitjam has strong ethical values and we are adept at utilising technology for social good. That’s why we are in the process of applying for B Corps certification. B Corp status is described as being the business equivalent to the Fair Trade certification for goods
The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose.B Corps
We are in the process of completing the rigorous questions on how our company interacts with workers, customers, community, and environment.
We believe the invest we are making into the application will shine a light on what we do and what we stand for as a company. Our commitment towards improving society and the environment remains strong and working together with Keele University and being based within the Keele Smart energy network demonstrator (SEND) will help us to continually improve.
The combination of third-party validation, public transparency, and legal accountability help Certified B Corps build trust and value. B Corp Certification is administered by the non-profit B Lab. For more information please visit their website.