Last week, Liopa won two new award recognitions for our lipreading SRAVI app.
Winner: Medilink ‘One to Watch’ Award for 2023
At the Medilink Healthcare Business North of England Awards, held in Manchester on Thursday March 23rd, Liopa was crowned the winner of the “One to Watch” category. This programme seeks to recognise the industry’s highly commendable innovations, giving them the recognition they deserve. It celebrates the achievements of life science companies and showcases the very best examples of collaboration between industry, academia and the NHS.
Liopa won based upon its partnership with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where SRAVI is being used with patients who are voice-impaired on the ICU and high dependency units.
Being a regional winner, Liopa will now be entered into the National Medilink Awards.
Winner: AAC Innovation Award
The following night, on Friday March 24th, Liopa was named the winner of the AAC Awards Innovation category. The AAC Awards are hosted by the Communications Matters charity.
About Communications Matters and the annual Awards programme:
“At Communication Matters we support and celebrate all forms of communication – the people who use communication aids, the professionals and families that support them, and the companies that provide them.
We know that there are many individuals, groups and companies who should be celebrated for their contribution to the world of Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC).”
Liopa’s CTO, Fabian-Campbell West, was on hand to collect the award, and he also gave SRAVI demos throughout the afternoon to the assembled delegates.
About the SRAVI lipreading app
Traditional communications devices for the speech impaired (e.g. GRID-based applications) are unsuited for patients in Critical Care environments. To use these complex systems, patients need to be relatively well. These devices require a very active degree of interaction from the users – training is required, and also levels of mental lucidity & manual dexterity uncommon in patients in Critical Care. In contrast, SRAVI only requires that the patient mime what they are trying to say, and is therefore a more natural solution in these environments.
In contrast, SRAVI is “ultra-easy” – and here’s why:
- Users can be up and running in seconds
- You simply aim a smartphone camera at the person, and it reads their lips from a defined set of phrases
- They can communicate with family members, doctors and nurses instantly, with basic but essential phrases like “I’m hungry. I need the toilet.”