App for frontline hospital staff closes £1M funding round

The UK app aims to resolve facilities and equipment issues for staff.
By Sara Mageit
04:29 am
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London-based digital platform and app, MediShout has closed a £1 million seed round, led by Episode 1 Ventures.

Founded by NHS surgeon, Ash Kalraiya, the app was inspired by his experience of procedure delays caused by faulty equipment or not having the right stock.

The MediShout app is being used in six NHS hospitals to connect staff, equipment suppliers and service maintenance teams.

WHY IT MATTERS

During the pandemic, frontline staff are more reliant than ever on functioning equipment, logistics and infrastructure to treat patients.

According to the Journal of Nursing Times, a third of nurses wasted two hours per shift looking for missing kit or stock.

By using data and AI, Medishout predicts and prioritises issues in the hospital’s facilities and equipment to ensure that patients can receive the most efficient care. The app also allows frontline staff to report and resolve operational issues.

With this new round of funding, the team plans to expand to over 20 hospitals in 18 months.

Independent research conducted by health economists, suggests that using MediShout could save NHS hospitals £1 million every year.

THE LARGER CONTEXT

With the same aim to assist the frontline workforce during the pandemic, Navenio scored a $1.1 million investment for an intelligent workforce solution which helps mitigate cross-contamination in hospitals.

ON THE RECORD

MediShout founder, Ash Kalraiya said: “As a surgeon, I have all too often been delayed by items like lightbulbs in the theatre being broken, faulty equipment or not having the right stock when I need it. We founded MediShout to stop such frustrating issues from getting in the way of patient care. Our ultimate vision is to use AI and digital technologies to transform our hospitals into smart-buildings that run smoothly.”

Carina Namih, partner at Episode 1 Ventures said: “Hospital facilities have been left behind by digital innovation for too long. As doctors and product designers, this team really understands how technology and AI can help frontline hospital staff be more effective. We are hugely excited by the positive impact that MediShout will have.”

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