Apps have gone from digital curiosities to big business in recent years, with people now relying on them for everything from organising their daily lives to entertaining them when they’re bored. In the health and wellbeing sector in particular, our dependance on apps has exploded in the wake of the pandemic. In the absence of in-person GP appointments, for example, people turned to online services such as Babylon, whose annual revenue jumped by 400% in 2020. A greater recognition of the need to look after our mental wellbeing also led to a big spike in people embracing mental health apps; two of the category’s biggest players, Calm and Headspace, generated 5 million in 2021.
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London-based product designer Steven O’Neil has also worked on an array of health apps over the course of his career, going from developing a health and wellbeing platform for over-50s company Saga in his previous role at agency Bow & Arrow, to joining healthtech startup Reset Health last year. While the startup’s focus is on helping people reverse type 2 diabetes based on guidance from clinicians and mentors, its app is simultaneously attempting to innovate the tried-and-tested format of doctor’s appointments.