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The NHS and the Digital Age: How is it accessible for visually impaired people? Free article.

2 May, 2019

The NHS is moving into the Digital Age with connected health apps and services. But is it accessible to all?

Bitjam has been working with Klaudia Suchowiak, a blind person studying her third year at Keele University. Klaudia has dedicated her time through an internship to reflect on her experience of digital health services, highlighting the challenges of accessing public services faced by visually impaired people.

Here at Bitjam we like to be challenged. Klaudia’s valuable work has helped us to better understand how our design principles and understanding can and will have a positive impact on end users.

You can access the 2nd article in the series, free via the link below, all we ask is you pay back with a Tweet or LinkedIn post saying thank you.

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We want to thank Klaudia for her all her amazing work with Bitjam, also Keele University for creating this opportunity plus Santander for their involvement in setting up the programme that has enabled this to happen.

The views in this article are personal to the author and reflect their experience, without bias from Bitjam Limited.

Interested in healthcare or education innovation? Call or get in touch with the Midlands-based Bitjam team, for all your software research and development needs.

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Digital NHS, perspectives from a sight impaired person: Free article.

18 Mar, 2019

According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People. “Every day 250 people start to lose their sight in the UK. As of 2015, more than two million people in the UK are living with sight loss that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives, such as not being able to drive.” Plus “As of 2014, there are around 350,000 people registered as blind or partially sighted in the UK. This is approximately 290,000 in England; 16,500 in Wales; around 8000 in Northern Ireland and 34,000 in Scotland (2010 figures). “

This impact also affects the individuals ability to access vital day to day health service.

We are witnessing a shift in how public sector is providing services for the public, the shift from physical services to online, digital connected services. Here at Bitjam we have been exploring this shift and attempting to understand it from the perspective of people with visual impairments.

To explore this area, we have been working with Klaudia Suchowiak who is a blind person studying her third year at Keele University. Klaudia has dedicated her time through an internship to explore this and create a series of articles highlighting the challenges of accessing public services faced by visually impaired people.

The articles will also draw on experiences of where public services and especially digital services have got things right.

You can access the article free via the link below, all we ask is you pay back with a Tweet or LinkedIn post saying thank you

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Over the next few weeks, Klaudia will be reviewing the applications and software we have designed and are currently working on, this will help us to better understand how our design principles and understanding can and will have a positive impact on end users.

We want to thank Klaudia for her amazing work with Bitjam, also Keele University for creating this opportunity plus Santander for their involvement in setting up the programme that has enabled this to happen.

The views in this article are personal to the author and reflect their experience without bias from Bitjam Limited.

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Bitjam shortlisted for Medilink WM Healthcare awards

31 Jan, 2019

We are pleased to announce we have been shortlisted for the ‘Partnership with the NHS award’ at the Medilink Medical & Healthcare Business Awards which will be held on Thursday 7 February 2019.

Our partners for the Beable project was Combined Healthcare NHS Trust working specifically with a group of patients managing their vascular wellbeing.

This project resonates with staff at Bitjam as it involved co-ordinating and collaborating with patients and NHS staff in the design and shaping of new digital services for the Trust.

We are only too aware of the challenges in engaging in true co-production and co-creativity, especially with the public and frontline staff who invest their valuable time to be involved in new digital service design. We are thankful for the time taken by the staff and patients to help shape the Beable project through the prototyping stage.

So, whether we bring back the award to Staffordshire or not, we feel the positive recognition so far should be something our partners should be proud of!

From Bitjam, thank you.

Previous award for Beable

Bitjam award winning company

DID YOU KNOW: The Beable project was also highly commended for innovation by the NHS at a previous award ceremony in 2018.