Beats Med­i­cal ex­pands with launch of app for chil­dren with dys­praxia

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Sunday Business - Fearghal O’Con­nor Deputy Busi­ness Ed­i­tor

DUBLIN-BASED med tech firm Beats Med­i­cal is set to launch a new in­no­va­tive app for chil­dren with dys­praxia.

It will part­ner with the coun­try’s largest health in­surer, VHI, on the new digital ther­apy ser­vice. The com­pany al­ready has users across more than 44 coun­tries for a sim­i­lar app for suf­fer­ers of Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

The Beats Med­i­cal dys­praxia app brings tech-based ex­er­cises and in­ter­ac­tive games to chil­dren in the home daily, said Beats Med­i­cal CEO and founder Dr Ciara Clancy.

Dys­praxia is a brain-based con­di­tion that makes it hard to plan and co­or­di­nate phys­i­cal move­ment and it can im­pact the de­vel­op­ment of mo­tor skills such as walk­ing, jump­ing, speech and hand­writ­ing.

Re­cent re­search from the Dys­praxia Foun­da­tion of Ire­land found that 82pc of chil­dren with the con­di­tion are miss­ing out on cru­cial treat­ment and ther­a­pies due to long wait­ing lists and fi­nan­cial con­straints.

The new Beats tech­nol­ogy is not aimed at re­plac­ing spe­cial­ist care but will aug­ment ex­ist­ing care for a con­di­tion that it is es­ti­mated may af­fect one in 10 chil­dren — or up to 100 mil­lion chil­dren world­wide, ac­cord­ing to Clancy.

The app, which uses a game-based in­ter­face to appeal to chil­dren, can be adapted to suit the age of the child.

It will cost €330 per year, which in­cludes cus­tomer phone sup­port, but will be avail­able to all VHI cus­tomers for €50 per an­num un­der the part­ner­ship ar­range­ment.

Clancy said the de­vel­op­ment of the new app marked the com­pany’s next stage in ex­pand­ing its treat­ment range to other neu­ro­log­i­cal and de­vel­op­men­tal con­di­tions be­yond Parkin­son’s.

Clancy founded the firm in 2012 and she was named Ire­land’s Best Young En­tre­pre­neur in 2017.

“We are re­ally ex­cited to launch our new app which ad­dresses an im­por­tant need for fam­i­lies and chil­dren to help chil­dren with dys­praxia in their early years,” she said.

“The app acts as a sup­port for chil­dren in a fun and in­ter­ac­tive way.”

Dr Ciara Clancy, CEO and founder of Beats Med­i­cal, said the app marked the com­pany’s next stage of ex­pan­sion

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