Digital Health Software

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 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 team is based at the Health eResearch Centre (HeRC) at The University of Manchester and comprises digital health researchers, research software engineers, designers and project managers

Dr Pauline Whelan - Co-Lead


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

As well as co-leading the Digital Health Software Team, 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.

Matt Machin - Co-Lead


I co-lead the Digital Health Software Team with Pauline Whelan and specialise in the application of mobile technologies to healthcare research. I have over 20 years of software development, project and programme management experience.

Prior to joining academia, I worked for a range of different companies leading the development of software products with a particular focus on smartphones and telecommunications.

I am co-investigator and/or software development lead on a number of digital health projects across a range of health domains, including dementia, serious mental illness and cancer prevention.

Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell - Senior Project Manager


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 nearly 15 years in a variety of roles and disease areas.

Steven Antrobus - Senior Technical Project Manager


I work as part of the Digital Health Software Team and am responsible for delivery of a number of our mobile and web-application projects across cystic fibrosis, serious mental illness and wearable technology.

I’ve worked in software for 15 years in industry, consulting and now academia. My background is rooted in computer science and I’ve recently completed my postgraduate studies to gain an MBA at The University of Manchester.

Henry Tranter - Software Developer

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.

Jess Booth - Junior Technical Project Officer

I joined the team in December 2019 and have a background working in health research in the NHS, having previously worked as a clinical trials coordinator at the Christie Hospital. I have a good understanding of the regulatory processes around health research and the changes being faced by the NHS in the UK.

Prior to this, I was a part of the quality team at Health Education England, where I helped ensure high quality training for junior doctors and supported users of the web-based apps used to carry out surveys and collect data.

Dr Waleed al Mashhadani - Software Engineer

Since joining the digital health team in 2017, I have been involved in multiple software engineering projects. My current duty involves developing hybrid mobile applications, web clients and server back-end solutions for variety of projects such as Cystic Fibrosis Health Hub, Mental Health Support applications and wearable clinic.

I have over 6 years of combined work experience in healthcare software development and business data analysis. In addition to that, 5 years of academia and research associate experience in communication engineering. Prior to joining the digital health team, I completed my PhD degree in Multistatic RADAR simulation for complex target tracking at the University of Manchester in 2016. My earlier educational background involves master’s degree in Mobile Computing Systems from Staffordshire; PgD in Strategic Business IT from Manchester and BA in Information Systems and Strategic Planning from Jordan.

Paul Smitton - Software Engineer

During my four years as part of Digital Health Software, I have contributed to software projects and answered support emails. As part of my role within the team, I take part in daily stand-ups and sometimes attend project and departmental meetings. Before joining the team, I worked for an electronics company and as a delivery driver, after studying computer science. Outside of work I enjoy reading articles and going for walks.

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.

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.

Paul Lunn - Software Engineer

I have been an academic for 16 years specialising in Electronics and Software Engineering. I have a PhD in Music Technology obtained at The University of York. Prior to working in the Digital Health Software Team, I worked as a Senior Research Software Engineer at the Open University developing eHealth applications.

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. 



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 team can help with your project, please get in touch by contacting our co-leads.

Dr Pauline Whelan


Matt Machin