When Feedback PLC (LON:FDBK) started trialling its app for doctors at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in December 2019 it could not predict the opportunity arising from the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Bleepa is a communication tool for healthcare professionals, which allows them to share and discuss medical images and patient cases. It means that chest X-rays and CT scans are more easily accessible for consultants, doctors and nurses both on-site and remotely.
Pennine turned the pilot programme into a roll-out dedicated to COVID-19 cases, while Feedback added new features such as the option to see whether a patient is on ventilation.
Feedback shares rose 12% to 1.05p this week on news that Bleepa will now be used by the Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as well.
“The launch of Bleepa at Papworth is further evidence of the changing needs of front-line clinicians around their interaction with medical imaging and with colleagues, something that we are uniquely positioned to enable,” said Feedback’s chief executive Tom Oakley.
The med-tech group has applied for a CE mark, which would provide European regulatory sign off for the device. Once this comes through, the plan is to distribute Bleepa across as many hospitals as possible.
Feedback, which specialises imaging software and systems, has made the platform available free of charge during the pandemic. But the firm sees potential even after the crisis is over, as most types of medical specialties use imaging,
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