What was the scope of their involvement?
They developed an app and a web portal. The mobile app is for the patient, while the doctor or clinician connects to their patients through the web portal, which can have multiple patients in it.
We had an idea of what we wanted. We had well-defined user requirements and specifications on our end, but some things changed during the development process. BLAKIT did all development work on the app, the backend, and the web portal for doctors and the design as well. I believe they had contractors for the design as they're not a design company. They used Node and React for the frontend. The app is only for Android at the moment for budget reasons, but we do want to make an iOS version.
We are also continuing to develop the product. We have made hardware updates to the actual device to integrate wireless connectivity, but that's still in development.
What is the team dynamic?
There are five people from BLAKIT working with us. We worked in two phases and are now in the second phase.
How did you come to work with BLAKIT?
We work in a co-working space for small start-ups in the health, well-being, and medical device space. One of our co-founders knew the founder of another company here who had used BLAKIT.
Alexander, the CEO, came to Helsinki for Slush [start-up event] and we talked with him there. We ended up having a conversation for an hour and a half. We decided to go with them after considering a few other offers. We worked through the requirements, specifications, and user requirements together to develop them into more thorough and detailed specification.
How much have you invested with them?
We have spent around €25,000 [Approximately $30,000 USD] with BLAKIT.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in November 2016. The engagement is still ongoing.