Digital Health Software and Platforms

Improving global health through evidence-based digital technologies.



If you require a smartphone app, database or online clinician interface for your health research, we can help.

The Digital Health Software and Platforms team co-designs and co-produce smartphone apps, databases and web-based clinician interfaces for research into a wide range of different health conditions, including multiple co-morbidities.

Our collaborative approach involves embedding ourselves within your interdisciplinary research team. We have a strong track record of actively contributing to the overall goals of research projects, as well as significant experience of interoperability with other systems, including electronic health records and medical devices.




We create innovative digital platforms to advance health research with real-world applications through collaborations with patients, health professionals and researchers.

You can take advantage of an end-to-end service that includes:

  • contributions to grant applications;
  • requirements capture;
  • design;
  • software development;
  • technical support during research trials;
  • contributions to publications and other research outputs.

Get in touch to discuss your requirements, or read our case studies below to see how we have contributed to a range of research projects.



A proven track record

We have 15+ years developing web and mobile apps to improve healthcare.

We have expertise across health domains, including:

  • Respiratory;
  • Mental health;
  • Cancer;
  • Cardiovascular;
  • Musculoskeletal.

Our strengths

Committed to co-design
  • Virtual workshops
  • User research
  • Usability testing
  • Accessibility
  • UI/UX design team
  • Digital PPIE app
Team Science
  • Software development
  • Quality assurance Information governance
  • Digital health research
  • Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • NHS IT systems
  • Medical devices Smartphones
  • Wearables
Medical Device Regulation
  • Medical device compliance
  • Consultancy
  • Deployed in the NHS
  • Company start-up formed


Case studies

There are several reasons why we are well-placed to work with you on your digital health project.

Grant application experience

We are often co-investigators on research grants and can write all of the technical parts of grant applications. Our current portfolio has a total grant value of around
£7.5 million, including funding from the Medical Research Council, National Institute of Health Research and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Successful EHR integration

We have previously successfully integrated our software with electronic health records (EHRs), enabling clinicians to access all relevant patient data through a single EHR.

Data security

Our systems used for identifiable patient data are hosted in ISO27001-compliant secure environments. All of our staff are trained in information governance, data security and data protection, and we comply with relevant NHS data security guidance.

Cross-domain health expertise

We have worked across health domains and long-term conditions, from mental health to cystic fibrosis to cancer. We can also apply this to other areas as needed.

Medical device compliance

We have previously developed two software medical devices under the Medical Devices Directive, and can meet the more stringent 2021 Medical Device Regulations.

Strong values

Our core values of commitment, respectfulness, excellence, collaboration, empowerment and making an impact mean we take a collaborative, people-first approach to deliver to a high standard while always seeking to improve our work.




A digital self-care and behaviour change platform.


A CBT-informed app that delivers timely, personalised care.


A revolutionary smartphone app that tracks symptoms of psychosis in real-time




Our work gets mentioned in the news. Read articles to see what others say about our projects.

  • We presented a workshop at MIE 2021 on the challenges of developing and delivering digital health software (FBMH News)
  • We are part of the AFFIRMO Project consortium, awarded a EURO 6 Million funding award from the Horizon 2020 programme (FBMH News)
  • Our App REMORA has been awarded funding to be rolled out to 12 rheumatoid arthritis clinics (FBMH News)
  • Our Senior Technical Project Manager, Steven Antrobus, was interviewed by Health Tech Newspaper (HTN) about our work in Digital Health (HTN) 



Our team

The Digital Health Software and Platforms team is based at Centre for Health Informatics (CHI) at The University of Manchester and comprises digital health researchers, research software engineers, designers and project managers

Dr Pauline Whelan - Senior Research Fellow


I’ve been working in health informatics with Prof John Ainsworth at The University of Manchester for over 15 years.

I co-direct the CAMHS.Digital research unit with Prof Kathryn Abel and co-lead the Connected Health academic theme with Dr Sabine van der Veer.

I work across a portfolio of digital health projects, with a focus on digital mental health and learning health systems. I was the technical lead on the largest ever NIHR-funded cystic fibrosis trial in the UK, building the CFHealthHub digital platform to support adherence to treatment in adults with cystic fibrosis.

Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell - Information Systems Programme Manager (Operational Lead)


My role involves overseeing a number of digital health projects covering disease areas including mental health, cancer screening and other long-term health conditions.

I have an undergraduate degree in psychology and I have successfully completed AgilePM and PRINCE2 both at Practitioner level.

I have worked in health research for over 15 years, in a variety of roles and disease areas.

Philip Couch - Information Systems Programme Manager (Technical Lead)
Henry Tranter - Software Engineer

I’m a tech lover with a background in data science, artificial intelligence, and high performance computing. I create and support a range of software solutions.

I have previous experience in both commercial software development creating kiosk-based solutions and education, having taught computer science in a high school for two years. I’m also a hobbyist musician and photographer.

Simon Foster - Designer

I’m a graphic designer and front end developer, with a passion for producing user-centric, cross platform design.

Over the last 15 years I’ve been lucky to work with a multitude of businesses and organisations, across a diverse range of industries in both print and digital design. More recently I have focused on user experience, accessibility and using design to produce measurable outcomes.

Mike Bartlett - Quality Manager


My role as Quality Manager involves developing and managing the DHS team’s Quality Management System and supporting projects developing software as a Medical Device (SaMD) through the regulatory journey.

Before joining the university in 2017 I worked in multiple IT roles at AstraZeneca including 10 years in IT project management.

Henry Gorner - Software Engineer

I joined the digital health team in 2021 as a Software Engineer. Prior to that I worked as a mobile and full-stack developer in the sports performance management sector which ignited my interest in health and wellbeing and lead me to join this team. Outside the work I enjoy travelling and nature.

Xiaoxue Zheng - Software Engineer

I joined the digital health team in 2021 as a software engineer. I have been a software developer for 6 years and have experience in various projects, including Transportation Management System, Electronic Signature System, and Data Processing Platform

Prior to this role, I worked as a back-end developer in PayPal. I like problem solving and communicating with others. I completed my Master’s degree in Mathematics at Zhe Jiang University in 2015. In my spare time, I like reading and running. 

Gilson Tam - Junior Technical Project Officer

I joined the team in July 2022. My role involves quality assurance and technical support for digital health mobile apps/websites.

Prior to this, I’ve worked in software development with companies in IT consultancy and banking industries.

Naomi Lee - Software Engineer
I joined the digital health team in 2022. I work on software development. The current developing application is related to digital health projects. Before joining the team, I worked in banking industry and logistics company as a software developer.
Philip Asare - Software Developer

I joined the Digital health team in March 2023 as a Research Software Developer. I started my career as an IT personnel and switched to full time software development in 2021. Before this role, I worked with Amalitech Software company where I was responsible for managing the company’s ERP and working on several client projects.

I like playing football and listening to music in my spare time.

Gwen Zhou - Software Developer
I joined the team in the May of 2023 as a Research Software Engineer. I have been a software engineer for about 4 years, had two separated health-care related programming experience one in China, one in the UK. I worked as a full-stack software engineer and transferred from object-oriented programming to functional programming for both front-end and back-end developing. Outside of work, I enjoy playing guitar and watch movies.
Mehran Mirkhan - Software Developer

I joined the digital health team in 2023 as a software engineer. I have been a software developer for 5 years and have worked in retail, fintech and insurance industries.

Prior to this role, I worked as a backend developer in iHerb. I have completed my Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence at Amirkabir University of Technology.

Richard Williams - Senior Software Engineer

Richard Williams is a senior software engineer and research fellow in the Centre for Health Informatics. He has led the development and implementation of several award winning web applications for reducing patient harm, and has while working at the centre has completed a PhD titled “Applying software engineering principles to electronic health records in order to improve research and generate patient-specific actionable information”. Richard currently leads a team of data engineers enabling research on the Greater Manchester Care Record.

Edward Tempest - Senior Infrastructure Engineer

Edward Tempest is a Senior Infrastructure Engineer at the University of Manchester and has a research interest in developing and operating infrastructure, platforms and bespoke software applications that facilitate the research process in the Health Informatics and Clinical Data Science domains.

His recent assignments include developing infrastructure and applications for a clinical trial, investigating the use of dashboard websites as an intervention for optimising antibiotic prescribing in primary care. In November 2023 he placed “highly commended” by the British Computer Society Primary Health Care Special Interest group Hilde Franke Award, for his contribution to the implementation of a Knowledge Support System, currently in clinical trials in primary care centres in Greater Manchester and Cheshire and Merseyside. He is currently working in a team charged with developing and operating Data Analytics infrastructure for the NHS Secure Data Environment program.

Sanaullah Alam - Senior Technical Project Manager
Ben Green - Business Analyst
Scott Gilhooly - Software Engineer
George Tilston - Data Manager
Adedimeji Sebiotimo - Software Engineer
Andrzej Bosianek - Software Developer
Kate Wicks - Information Governance Manager



Our team regularly hosts events where we discuss research and news about all aspects of digital health.

Browse our upcoming and past events.



Contact us

If you would like to discuss how the Digital Health Software and Platforms team can help with your project, please get in touch by contacting our co-leads.

Philip Couch


Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell