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A personal health tech revolution: AXA PPP healthcare, 2020health and the Design Museum launch AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards

Press Release   •   Sep 10, 2014 15:40 BST

AXA PPP healthcare, 2020health, and the Design Museum have come together with a programme that explores the latest innovations in personal health technology, and asks how this rapidly growing sector is influencing our behaviour. 

An awards scheme, forum and exhibition will take a snapshot of recent health tech developments, and examine what these changes could mean for designers, healthcare professionals and users of new technologies. Importantly, it will capture the potential influence and impact on the public’s approach to managing its own health. We are witnessing radical change in the way we access information about our health and wellbeing. By July 2014, 63% of visits to the NHS choices website were through a mobile device compared with 26% in 2011. There are already four times as many visits in 2014 as there were in 2011 (41.4m so far up from a total of 10.2m in 2011). We have been less adventurous about taking charge of our personal health online, but now a groundswell of portable, wireless health tech entering the market, along with electronic healthcare records, are inviting us to collect our own data, and integrate our healthcare into everyday life. A new generation is already adopting a wide variety of technologies to help them become healthier and more active. This presents a challenge to the more traditional methods of delivering health care. As well as identifying exciting new inventions and the designers behind them, these awards will recognise the organisations and clinicians who are developing effective new digital approaches to managing patients, whilst navigating the fears of those who question the security of the personal data that digital techniques can capture. 

The AXA PPP Health Tech & You Forum on 16 October 2014 will identify and explore the opportunities, along with the ethical, political and lifestyle issues, caused by this wave of change. 

The exhibition at the Design Museum in March 2015 will bring together a long-list of important health tech innovations from around the world, and present them in an engaging and accessible way to give everyone an insight into the nascent changes to our everyday lives. From this long-list of innovation, a series of awards will be made to individuals and organisations that represent the best of their kind in six categories: Staying Healthy, Managing Conditions, Signs and Symptoms Checker, Best R&D Product, Most Innovative Organisation, and a special category which will this year focus on Pregnancy, Birth and Early Years. 

The AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards will invite entries from everyone, including start-ups, multinational technology companies, public and private health organisations, academic research labs and individual entrepreneurs. A global call for entries will be announced at the Health Tech & You Forum on 16 October, when entries open online. which launches on 10 September, will become a goto place to see an up to date edit of the best and most interesting innovations reaching the market worldwide. It will be a much-needed source of information about the latest devices and technology to improve and maintain personal health. 

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About AXA PPP healthcare

AXA PPP healthcare has been helping people to access private healthcare services since 1940. Today it forms the UK healthcare arm of AXA and provides cover for medical and dental care for individuals and employers, and employee wellbeing, counselling, occupational health and rehabilitation services through its specialist Health Services division.  

About AXA

The AXA Group is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 160,000 employees serving 102 million clients in 56 countries. In 2013, IFRS revenues amounted to Euro 91.2 billion and IFRS underlying earnings to Euro 4.7 billion. AXA had Euro 1,113 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2013.

In the UK AXA operates through a number of business units including: AXA Wealth, AXA Commercial Lines and Personal Intermediary, AXA Personal Direct and Partnerships, AXA PPP healthcare, AXA Ireland and an independent distribution business Bluefin. AXA employs over 10,500 staff in the UK.

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About 2020health 
2020health is an independent, social enterprise think tank with a mission to ‘Make Health Personal’. Through research, evaluation, campaigning and building relationships we aim to enable improved individual and societal health and wellbeing. 2020health has been leading on health technology innovation for some years, with publications covering NHS IT, telehealth, use of technology by the US Veteran’s Health Administration and personal electronic healthcare records. 2020health research publications have covered alcohol, employment, the economy, school health and wellbeing, pricing of medicines, biotechology, NHS reform and fraud. 2020health believes public involvement in healthcare is essential for driving forward the changes required. Team members are regular commentators in the media. More information can be found at and via @2020health About The Design Museum The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design. The museum opened in 1989 and its work encompasses all elements of design, including fashion, product and graphic design. The museum has hosted exhibitions showcasing some of the most important pioneers of design including, Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive, and Dieter Rams. The Design Museum plans to relocate from its current home at Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington, West London. The project is expected to be completed by 2016. Leading designer John Pawson will convert the interior of the Commonwealth Institute building to create a new home for the Design Museum giving it three times more space in which to show a wider range of exhibitions, showcase its world class collection and extend its learning programme. For more information, please visit: