AppiDoc one of 20 innovative startup ideas nationwide selected for Student Startup accelerator
A third year Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) student is representing WIT this week at a weeklong student startup accelerator with a mobile app developed for the healthcare sector.
The idea for AppiDoc came to Jonathan O’Donnell while on clinical placement as part of his BSc Applied Healthcare course.
Earlier this year Jonathan entered the Solve-it Challenge, an innovation competition at WIT, and won first place with AppiDoc. AppiDoc empowers patients to manage appointments using mobile technology.
Jonathan is one of 20 students to be selected for the Student Startup accelerator based in the offices of Dublin's first Commissioner for Startups and will pitch to investors on Friday evening.
“In my own personal life had identified a problem with missed healthcare appointments and generally find the whole process of making, rescheduling and cancelling appointments to be outdated and difficult. I came up with the idea of developing a mobile device application which would allow patients to make, cancel and reschedule appointments, which would also remind them of their appointments allowing them to easily cancel if required.”
During his research he unearthed staggering statistics on how prevalent the problem of appointment “no shows” is in Ireland.
“The HSE estimates its loss through missed appointments each year is approximately €33 million, which excludes the cost for general practitioners. Other research found 1,300 appointments are being missed daily costing in the region of €8 million.”