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‘Doctor on your arm’ firm wins £1m NHS deal

Snap 40 team: David Bowie, Chris McCann and Stewart-Whiting

Snap40, the “doctor on your arm”, has been awarded a £1 million contract by NHS England to further scale its technology.

It will also fund two clinical studies with NHS Fife and with NHS Lothian’s Emergency Medicine Research Group Edinburgh (EMERGE) based in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Snap40 uses a predictive analytics software platform to identify, in real-time, those who are at risk of health deterioration.

The company uses a single medical wearable device, worn on the upper arm, to continuously monitor more health indicators than any other single device on the market, transmitting this data continuously to its software platform.  

The company was founded on its co-founder & CEO, Christopher McCann’s own experiences of working in hospitals while studying medicine.

He said: “In an ideal world, we’d all have our own dedicated doctor sitting with us, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“But, with increasing pressure on healthcare systems and challenges in prioritising competing demands, access to doctors and nurses is at a premium.

“Our society simply cannot afford one-to-one care – snap40 changes that. It allows our world-class healthcare staff to care for many more patients by helping them to prioritise who needs attention most.

“This contract from NHS England is a recognition of the value our product can bring to health services all over the world.”

NHS Fife, which worked with snap40 on the company’s first clinical evaluation last year, is continuing to collaborate with the company.

Dr Amanda Wood, NHS Fife Assistant R&D Director said: “NHS Fife has a long history of supporting new technology that can improve patient care and help us improve delivery of services.

“We are delighted to continue collaborating with snap40. Their product has the potential to change how we deliver healthcare.” 

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