Manchester company showcases pioneering telehealth services in California

A Manchester company, who help connect patients to fully-qualified and certified GPs, nurses and pharmacists via remote video and telephone consultation or live chat triage service, will be showcasing their innovative technology in California this week (23-28 September 2017).

Now Healthcare Group, based at the Digital World Centre at MediaCity UK, Manchester, are among a number of British medical device companies taking part in the unique MedTech Mission, which is supported by the UK government. It aims to strengthen export links between the UK and California and create demand for UK designed healthcare technologies.

The award-winning company has a growing portfolio of products including the Dr Now, Now GP and Now Patient smartphone apps and integrated Now Pharmacy solution. Users can arrange to have medicines delivered directly to them and manage their medicine usage with repeat prescription reminders. The Now Patient app and pharmacy service is completely free for NHS patients, providing that they have selected Now Patient as their nominated pharmacy.

The apps offer users complete choice of male or female doctor, with live video chat or telephone GP appointments available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now Healthcare Group’s aim is to provide people with more convenient and accessible healthcare, which is more suitable for today’s on-the-go society, and relieve the strain on global health providers.

Throughout the seven-day trip, the UK companies will exhibit their innovative technologies at the MedTech Conference, the leading conference for MedTech officials in North America. The objective is to forge lasting relationships and to drive sales for UK products.

The trip has been arranged by the UK’s medical technology industry body, the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and the UK’s Department for Industrial Trade (DIT).

CEO and founder of Now Healthcare Group, Lee Dentith, said: “The MedTech Trade Mission to California is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our international credentials and incredible technology, innovation and services to a relevant audience. We are hoping to use the mission to help establish ourselves as an exciting proposition to the US market.”

The UK’s Medical Technology (MedTech) sector has been identified as a key driver of economic growth post-Brexit, with the U.S. viewed as a primary region for enhanced trading relationships.

As the UK enters a new era for trade and business, the UK government has highlighted MedTech, and the broader Life Sciences sector, as having a critical role in its Industrial Strategy – to propel UK productivity once it leaves the EU.

MedTech is now worth over £17 billion to the UK and is part of a £64 billion industry that is UK Life Sciences. A recent report entitled Life Sciences: Industrial Strategy‘, has been welcomed by senior government ministers, and provides the framework for increased funding and support for the sector.

Already, government funding has been awarded following the report and UK companies will be seeking new trading partners with renewed vigour as they explore the Californian market.

ABHI’s International Managing Director, Paul Benton said: “The trade mission has been designed to help UK companies such as Now Healthcare Group build their network and introduce them to the right organisations and hospital systems in California to accelerate their growth. It is a valuable networking opportunity between the UK and the US that will hopefully be the start of significant export opportunities between the two countries.”

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