Irish start-up SilverCloud secures top health award

An Irish SME has been recognised as one of five companies at the forefront of healthcare innovation alongside some of the world’s most recognisable businesses including Apple and Uber.

Dublin-based SilverCloud, which provides online therapeutic programmes for a range of conditions including stress and anxiety, was named among the world’s most innovative companies by Accenture.

The recognition contained in the Digital Health Tech Vision 2016 report centred on SilverCloud’s role in improving the efficiency and ease of access of primary care.

“The SilverCloud solution is transforming healthcare. Having a clinical supporter integrated with our platform is critical to delivering solutions for mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and stress.

“With one in four people in the UK affected by mental health and one-third of GP appointments related to mental health concerns, intelligent solutions like SilverCloud can play a huge role in delivering care that is urgently needed,” SilverCloud chief executive Ken Cahill said.

In particular, the “intelligent automation” evident in SilverCloud’s solution is an example of how patient outcomes can be improved by “combining technology with people to get a job done — either in a more effective way or a more productive way”, according to the reports’ authors.

They also noted the flexibility SilverCloud presents allows patients to engage in and take charge of their own care and supplements the work of a psychologist to improve their care.

SilverCloud was set up in 2012 as a spin-out from Trinity College where it started life as a seven-year research project. 

Last year, it took home the emerging company of the year award from the Irish Software Association.

Apple’s proactive approach to securing users’ data, from which its HealthKit platform benefits, was recognised by Accenture for giving consumers confidence in the safety of their personal information.

HealthKit tracks users’ health and activity data, including their diet and vital medical information. Uber, meanwhile, was recognised for its first foray into healthcare with UberHealth which was trialled in the US late last year. 

The ride-sharing app took on flu-season across the US last November by delivering flu shots to users who booked the treatment, just as they would a lift.

The service saw Uber drivers ferry nurses to and from waiting customers who then had their shot administered in their home. 

The two other companies seen by Accenture as leading the way in the healthcare industry were Philips Health and UnitedHealth Group.


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