Better communication for nurses and doctors thanks to new health tech app

Medic Bleep

With the NHS being told to ban old fashioned and inefficient pagers from all hospitals by 2021, the hunt is on for a more efficient way to communicate, such as using new apps or mobile phones.

A Stratford-upon-Avon company could have the answer. Medic Bleep has replaced pagers in one NHS Hospital in Suffolk and is used by 4,200 of their staff. It is saving each nurse and junior doctor an estimated 21 minutes and 48 minutes per shift. The company predicts that, if implemented across the NHS, it could free up the time to care for an estimated 11,000 nurses, which would be an estimated average efficiency saving of around £2.5 million per NHS Trust per hear.

Medic Bleep is secure and real-time communication. It enables doctors, nurses and the wider team to communicate more efficiently, reducing costs and improving patient outcomes.

With more than £2 million invested by its directors since the company launched in 2015, Medic Bleep has now raised a further £557,000 via the online crowdfunding site, CrowdCube – with the placement being oversubscribed.

The company was founded by Dr Sandeep Bansal, a doctor with a postgraduate degree in Paediatrics.

He is an Innovation Mentor at the Royal College of GPs alongside advisor for Harvard Medical School for Postgraduate Teaching for Surgical Leadership.

He saw the challenges in communication and patients having to repeat information to the doctors and nurses. Although the NHS is one system, he saw that it clearly was not one system for its patients. With empirical evidence of NHS staff using WhatsApp (which is non-compliant with NHS data regulations), he was passionate about delivering the right information to the right healthcare professional at the right time and to connect the world of health and social care.

Sir Professor Bruce Keogh, a former NHS England Medical Director and presently Chair of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, is an advisor to the board.

Medic Bleep’s research suggests that poor inter-team communication is the primary cause for 21 per cent of patient harm; meaning a possible 400,000 episodes of potential harm a year, in the NHS alone.

The company’s aim is to solve this challenge for more than 30 per cent of the NHS in the next 3 years and work with healthcare providers globally.