Can your phone save your life?
It can now, after Peter Annis-Brown chose Men’s Health Week to officially launch his new app PromptMate, through his company ManageHealth, and the backing of the NSW Government.
The innovative, and potentially life saving app is simple, recording a person’s age, and then storing a checklist with reminders for when appointments are, or should be made.
“The mission is to get men over 18 to have an annual lifestyle check up,” Mr Annis-Brown said.
“Men being men sometimes we think we are ten feet tall and bullet proof, until something goes wrong, so we are hoping to make men become pro-active about their preventative health, both physical and mental.”
“Regular health checks can pick up medical conditions early, saving our medical systems money and possibly making the difference between life and death.”
While there is a reminder every year to have a GP check-up, there is also a list for specialist appointments, as well as a list of all health checks men in the specified age group should be having.
“The last stats showed two thirds of us are overweight or obese, while a third of us have chronic disease, which includes things like obesity and type 2 diabetes, while only a third of us do any form of physical exercise,” Mr Annis-Brown said.
“If we can get one person to get the app and it saves a life, then it is a winner.”
Mr Annis-Brown is yet another success story to come out of the UNE Smart Region Incubator, which is a free space where like minded entrepreneurs can use to work, as well as bounce ideas of each other as their startups grow and develop.
ManageHealth was also the recipient of a Minimum Viable Product grant through Jobs for NSW.
He used part of the grant to employ young Armidale based app developer Dean McGrath, after finding out the hard way that developing apps takes specialist staff.
“I came up with the original app two years ago, but it was very clunky, so with the help of Jobs for NSW I got Dean McGrath to build the app. Eventually what took two years to develop took three weeks to build.”
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson welcomed the development of “pro-active companies like ManageHealth developing new technologies that can make a difference to our community’s health and well being.”
Jobs for NSW has a $190 million fund to be invested over four years in startups and fast growing SME’s.