HealthBeacon named official supplier to NHS
By Maurice Garvey
DIGITAL health technology company HealthBeacon has been named as an official supplier to the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain.
The appointment gives the Naas Road-headquartered medtech company direct access to the UK healthcare market and comes as the NHS is seeking more companies to provide remote monitoring solutions to support Covid-19 patients and those with long-term conditions.
SOLUTIONS: HealthBeacon – launch of their Naas Road premises in 2018
HealthBeacon has developed a technology platform that helps patients adhere to their medication schedule with digital reminders.
Its flagship product is a smart sharps bin for use by patients who inject medication at home.
The bin is digitally connected to an individual’s smartphone and is used for the disposal of injector pens and syringes, as well as to track individual patients’ adherence to medication regimes and remind them to stay on track if necessary.
In June, the company applied for planning permission from Dublin City Council for the development of a small-scale healthcare waste management facility at their Naas Road Business Park HQ.
The medtech firm intend accepting its own waste bins on-site at their Naas Road premises, which they will supply to domestic customers for processing and sterilisation.
Speaking to The Irish Times, co-founder and chief executive Jim Joyce said the approval process to become a supplier with the NHS had been exhaustive.
“Getting approval really opens up the market for us because clinicians in the UK can now enter a buyer process to use our tools, which is something many already wanted to do but were restricted from being able to do so,” he said.
Founded by Mr Joyce and Kieran Daly in 2013, the company currently employs 40 people in Dublin, Boston and Montreal and intends to take on up to 30 more employees by the end of 2021.