QUiPP – King’s College / Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital.

Partnering with King’s College London & Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital on the development of a Class I medical device app designed to help reduce the risk of spontaneous preterm birth

  • Strategy

    Developing the medial device compliance plan and ‘Technical File’

  • App Design

    Creating a simple but effective UI aimed at healthcare professionals

  • App Development

    Building a robust healthcare mobile app and integrating the algorithm to enable the app to perform the medical calculation

  • Publishing

    Submitting the app and its associated assets to the app stores

Project Description

The key objective of the QUiPP project was to create a medical calculator app which would help doctors evaluate the impact of triaging women at risk of spontaneous preterm birth (sPTB).

This clinical tool was created for the Woman’s Health Academic Centre, Kings College London and is based on a study of over 1000 women in conjunction with Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Our Solution

The university’s predictive algorithm was refactored into the main engine of the QUiPP app to create a medical calculator that looks at different measures that can affect how likely it is for a woman to give birth early: quantitative fetal fibronectin (fFn), cervical length, and whether a woman has previously had a premature birth.

Working closely with the Medical Physics Department at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital we also took the medical device app through the CE marking process by producing the necessary paperwork and technical file that was required to support the app’s application for CE marking. This means that QUiPP is classified as software as a medical device (SaMD) and registered with the MHRA as a Class I device.

We also developed a web based version of the QuiPP application: https://quipp.org/

An Award Winning App

The QUiPP app won two prizes in 2016:

  1. 1st prize in the Health Innovation Award King’s College London Lion’s Den Challenge
  2. 1st prize in the Health Service Journal Awards in the category ‘The use of Information Technology to drive value in clinical services’

“Genetic Digital have been extremely flexible, efficient and reliable partners in working with our multi-disciplinary technologically-naive team to create a new healthcare app. They realised our brief to translate an advanced statistical formulae into an app to predict premature birth, ahead of predicted timelines. Their assistance with navigating the allied NHS, University and Government/EU policy and QUiPP that we built for King’s College / Guy’s and St Thomas’ has made it on to the #HealthTech Awards Shortlist for ‘Best App'”

Dr Helena Watson