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Dementia app secures NHS as first paying customer


6 Apr 2016

MindMate, set up by four graduates from Glasgow and Strathclyde universities with the help of two SFC-funded initiatives, won the business with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde after a two-month trial with the trust’s post-diagnosis dementia support group.

The interactive app – which comes in three versions for patients, carers or family members, and care homes – includes brain training games, reminder tools, advice on nutrition and exercise, music, patient information and a reminiscence timeline called My Story.

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde has bought the care home version of the app to run on 60 iPads.

MindMate co-founders Rogelio Arellano, Susanne Mitschke, Gabriela Matic and Patrick Renner started the business because Rogelio cared for his grandfather with Alzheimer’s for seven years and Patrick was a professional carer in Germany.

The team worked in consultation with the University of Glasgow’s geriatric medicine department to create the app.

MindMate won Digital Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2015 Converge Challenge and was the overall winner of the Young Innovators Challenge 2015-16. Both entrepreneurial development competitions are funded by SFC.

MindMate also has pilots running with Anchor Group, England’s largest not-for-profit housing association; Scottish Care, which represents 400 independent health and social care providers, and Sheffield City Council. The company, which was set up in March 2015, hopes its app will be actively used in 50 care homes by the end of this year and is aiming to sell 10,000 subscriptions of the app for family members over the same period.

A free version of the Mindmate app is available from the Apple App Store.