Awell Health, the healthcare technology startup, has raised £1.9m in funding to bring unique collaboration and productivity tools to the healthcare industry. Early stage VC investor LocalGlobe led the round, with involvement from Moonfire.
The investment will see Awell Health, an NHSX approved supplier, come to the forefront of the healthcare technology market with a software platform that enables healthcare organisations to create, implement and continually update care pathways to improve patient outcomes.
“Technology has enabled teams in almost all industries to digitise and reinvent their workflow, but healthcare is still largely stuck in its old ways, using outdated traditional paper-based processes,” comments Thomas Vande Casteele, Co-founder and CEO, at Awell Health.
“As consumers, we are led to believe the industry has rapidly transformed – with news of innovations in robotic surgeries, new treatments, apps and wearables – but the way care delivery is organised has changed very little.”
Healthcare organisations have had to use tools like text-based PDFs to create and implement complex guidelines, clinical protocols and care pathways. This all makes the path of progress from evidence to practice incredibly slow. In fact, one study reveals it takes on average 17 years for scientific knowledge about the best care to be applied to clinical practice.
Thomas adds: “New evidence is generated at a rapid pace yet takes ages to be included in the standard of care. In the Netherlands, for example, certain guidelines have a maximum validity of five years before they should be reassessed, in practice, we see many guidelines older than five years’ old. The reality is they should be updated much more frequently as clinical research is published which has been rising exponentially over recent years. Existing solutions are not built to support these complex needs.”
Julia Hawkins, Partner at LocalGlobe, comments: “Awell was started with a vision to improve patient outcomes at its core – while at the same time creating a modern workflow tool for care teams.
“Awell caters for such variety while allowing for more consistent delivery of care. We believe the fantastic team at Awell are building the digital healthcare system of the future: organising care teams and their patients in pathways, leading to better outcomes, more transparency, greater productivity, and most importantly – a supportive and clear experience for patients.”