A Newcastle-based clinical software firm has secured deals which will see its products used by two major NHS Foundation Trusts in Nottingham and Colchester.
Newcastle Science City-supported Cievert, a spin out of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was set up three years ago by former NHS radiographer, Chris Kennelly, who wanted to create innovative products for the health sector.
The firm’s CaS-per product is a web-based patient management system for radiotherapy and chemotherapy patients.
It manages the registration and referral process for all radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment - from the point of first contact with a patient- through to completion of their treatment.
The software gives oncologists the ability to refer patients from any NHS facility in the country, to a specific cancer treatment centre. It reduces patient waiting times, and creates efficiency savings that give clinicians time to perform more clinical duties.
Cievert, which turned over £88,000 in the first quarter of this year, has received business support from Newcastle Science City on how to sell its CaS-per software into the NHS.
The Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) also supported Cievert in taking on its first member of staff earlier this year, with a second employee in the pipeline, due to start in September.
Russell Hart, radiotherapy services manager at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “This is a fantastically intuitive and easy to use product, the long-term benefits of which were clear to us from the start.
“By creating a secure, online system to manage the patient journey from start to finish, this will not only create efficiency savings for our Trust, but will also
provide a full and easily accessible audit of our patient’s treatment journey.”
Chris Kennelly, managing director, said: “I’m delighted to have secured contracts with two large NHS Foundation Trusts. It was always my aim to create a product which would be innovative and, ultimately, beneficial to the end user – the patient.
“With so much pressure on the NHS currently, I truly believe that this software can make a difference. It is a proven concept, having been piloted in the North East
already. Now I aim to make sure that as many cancer patients as possible can benefit from the efficiencies that this software can bring to their treatment.”
Mr Kennelly added: “I wouldn’t have been able to get to this exciting stage without the support I have received from both Newcastle Science City and the AHSN NENC. They helped to lay the foundations for our future growth which looks very promising.”
CaS-per has attracted the attention of a number of Trusts, and will be rolled out on a three year contract to Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, this Summer.
Cievert estmate that some 30,000 patients across the UK have benefitted from their software, and the NHS has saved a projected £100,000, around £3.50 per patient, based on 15min saving band 5.