The eSexual Health Clinic app, which was designed by myself and Dr Kate Hone was announced last night as the winner of the Rosalind Franklin Appathon.
The Rosalind Franklin Appathon is a national app competition to empower and recognise women as leaders in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine).
The award is in memory of the British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin who pioneered research into DNA, viruses, coal and graphite.
The eSexual Health Clinic app is the result of the work of an all female multidisciplinary team led by a Public Health Specialist at University College London. The esti2 Consortium (funded by the Medical Research Council) created the eSexual Health clinic app with the help of researchers and healthcare professionals from Brunel University, UCL, Queen Mary University of London, St George’s University and Warwick University, in close collaboration with Public Health England.
This app enables a person testing for Chlamydia (the commonest Sexual Transmitted Infection) to get their results, and care online by following an automated clinical consultation ,leading to collection of antibiotics from community pharmacies.
This automated remote approach could improve uptake of testing, keeps people connected into care and eases the burden on traditional healthcare systems.
This is the first time in the NHS where an app allows someone to access their tests online, follow an online consultation and pick up their medicine completely remote from a traditional healthcare setting.
The user interface design and evaluation work for this app was led by Dr. Kate Hone and myself at Brunel University and I couldn’t be more proud with this award.