Life-saving app scoops top prize at digital awards


An online app which can help save the life of a person experiencing cardiac arrest won the top prize at the People Driven Digital unAwards, sponsored by the NHS Confederation, on 3 July. 

The app, known as Lifesaver, acts as an interactive crisis simulator which uses live-action film to teach the user how to perform CPR and use an automated defibrillator.

Improving health and wellbeing

The People Driven Digital unAwards were launched this year to uncover and champion digital technologies that are improving people’s health and wellbeing. The innovations have been developed by people accessing services, health and care practitioners, and students. 

The Confederation and four leading digital technology organisations were proud sponsors of the inaugural awards.


Patient-created apps

Other notable winners included Twitter Takeover, which won in the category 'Most stunning patient/people-driven online peer network'. is a social network for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MSers) aiming to reduce isolation and help share experiences. have allowed their Twitter community to be ‘taken over’ by MSers every weekend to provide a rich source of peer support from people who understand.

The award categories covered:

  • Most outstanding digital inclusion initiative, won by My Health Guide, a tablet app to help learning-disabled adults take an active role in their health care. 
  • Most innovative patient/people developed digital technology, won by Timesulin, which turns insulin pens into smart pens. It is a replacement cap that tells the patient how long since their last injection.
  • Most impactful practitioner developed digital technology, won by Lifesaver.
  • Most innovative student-driven digital tool, won by RADCARE, the first ever radiotherapy app aimed and designed for the patient pathway.
  • Most stunning patient/people-driven online peer network, won by
  • Most impressive digitally-enabled health/social care service, won by Locala’s Digital Journey, a whole organisation approach to adopt a digital culture.
  • Most impressive third sector digitally enabled service, won by Digital Talking Mats, a well-researched visual communication framework that uses a digital space and visual images to help people of all ages and abilities to express their views and be at the heart of decision-making.
  • Most innovative use of existing digital technology applied to health/social care, won by TryLife, an emerging communications format known as transmedia, which allows young people to experiment in a safe environment, make life choices on behalf of filmed characters and watch the consequences of their actions.

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