A new social enterprise supported through our GM Social Investment fund 'Access to Growth' have this summer launched an app designed to help adults take control of their health and reduce the high risk of falls during and after COVID-19 lockdown.
A team of researchers at University of Manchester have set up the Keep On Keep Up Health Community Interest Company (CIC). They develop digital health technologies that increase access, uptake and adherence to evidence-based methods to ensure healthy ageing.
Dr Emma Stanmore from The Healthy Ageing Research Group at The University of Manchester approached the GM Social Investment team at the end of 2019 to discuss developing an application for social investment (a mix of grant and loan) with our Investment Manager Gary Millar.
After the investment was approved at the start of 2020, Keep On Keep Up Health CIC received a £50,000 investment to support the salary costs required to scale up the roll out of the app through Greater Manchester housing associations, hospital trusts, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and to provide the technical support for older people to access the technology.
Following a very positive Orcha health app review it has been approved for NHS use. Pilots in the UK and Texas have been very positive. It is also now available in Norwegian and soon to be in Danish as well. Leeds City Council are using it in their digital public health work and Tameside Council are also working on implementing it too.
For further info about the Keep On Keep Up app and the background to the research that helped make and develop it, there is a full write up on the University of Manchester website, via this link.
To visit the Keep On Keep Up app website, click here.
To download the app on the Apple App Store, click here.
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