Rebecca Wayman

Local tech startup bags major Northumbria Hospital deal to support vital medical management

A Northumberland-based tech startup has won a contract at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital to support the management of medical equipment there.

FloKi Health has won a contract to implement technology at the hospital, giving staff the power to find, track and manage essential medical equipment.

The Northumberland-based company has developed Bluetooth tracking technology, including a mobile app and intelligent dashboard, that allows hospitals to track, maintain and manage medical devices from the ward.

FloKi has been awarded a contract to roll-out the technology to The Northumbria hospital, which first opened its doors in summer 2015.

Ward staff should now be able to find tagged devices, such as bladder scanners and ultrasounds, using an app installed on hospital devices.

Fenwick Smith, chief executive of FloKi Health, said: “It’s a pleasure to be working with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

“FloKi’s technology solves a huge problem the NHS has dealt with for a long time. Now, staff are able to track, manage and maintain valuable medical devices across the three-storey hospital, freeing up valuable resource to maximise patient care.

“We’re looking forward to rolling out the FloKi technology to other hospitals soon, bringing technology to the forefront of the Trusts’ evidence-based decision making.”

The hospital is said to be embracing the opportunity to save time and money by implementing FloKi Health’s tracking and monitoring processes.

Veronica Gingell, general manager for estates and facilities at Northumbria Healthcare, added: “We’re delighted to be working with FloKi Health to enable our staff to have quicker access to essential medical equipment, saving time previously spent searching for it.

“As hospital management, we also have insight into the location, compliance and value of all medical devices. We can now make smart decisions on everything from procurement to recruitment. We’re looking forward to rolling out FloKi hospital-wide.”

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