A Cornish company based at the award-winning Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro has signed two contracts with NHS hospitals to trial its innovative online patient assessment system, with another three contracts in process.
MyPreOp is a visionary new online service launched by Cornish company Ultramed which allows patients waiting for an operation to log into a secure website and complete their pre-operative assessments online from the comfort of their own home, using a computer or even a smartphone. The online assessment saves time for doctors, nurses and patients, but still provides all the vital information needed ahead of an operation.
Ultramed has now signed contracts with North Middlesex Hospital in London and Hull to trial the system, and three other NHS trusts are expected to sign up imminently following major interest across the UK in the new technology.
Dr Paul Upton, co-director of Ultramed, said: “We are delighted to have our first two NHS sites live. We have also developed Ultraprep, which is a suite of integrated products to help in the assessment of patients needing procedures such as endoscopy or cardiac catheterisation.
“Patients are asked to provide the same information online that would conventionally take up to 45 minutes for a nurse to collect in person, so our system saves clinicians valuable time, as well as saving patients having to make more trips into hospital for appointments. The software is extremely easy to use and we are confident in the business, and hope we can help more patients in other UK hospitals.”
Ultramed launched MyPreOp in 2014 after moving into the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro, an award-winning business acceleration centre operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council.
The company was formed by Dr Upton, a former consultant anaesthetist, and Alan Sanders, co-founder and owner of digital production studio Sanders Shiers which has offices in both Falmouth and London, after the pair met by chance on a business flight.
MyPreOp was the company’s first product, and has already netted Ultramed two prestigious awards in the last few months with the software winning the South West Media Link award for the Best Innovation in Health and Science, as well as the Business Innovation Award at the Business Cornwall awards.
Ultramed has also been awarded a place on the Gov.UK Digital Market place, the G cloud 8 framework, which makes it easier for NHS trusts to purchase MyPreOp.
The Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre (HWIC) in Truro is one of three business acceleration centres operated through Plymouth University’s Cornwall Innovation programme to help dynamic businesses capitalise on their growth potential, and innovate and grow to create more high quality new jobs for the region.
Since opening in spring 2013 on the Treliske campus, HWIC has become home to 36 fast-growing companies, supported the creation of more than 33 jobs and helped its client businesses achieve growth of 46 per cent.
Together the three Cornwall Innovation Centres are home to 137 companies, and have helped support the creation of 369 new jobs in the last six years by providing targeted, tangible support to the businesses based in the custom-designed facilities.
Karen Murray, Manager of HWIC, said:
“We are very proud of Ultramed and the incredible success this young company has already enjoyed, winning prime awards for its innovative new technology and attracting international attention and acclaim. To have secured their first NHS contracts for My PreOp is a major coup for Paul and Alan and we wish them every success as they develop their business.”
Ultramed has also secured HMRC pre-approval with Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), and launched investment opportunities for further product development and is actively seeking investment funding.