New firms seek to merge personal health and technology

New firms to be based at the Alexander Graham Bell Centre in Elgin

A NEW VENTURE that is expected to create seven jobs and reach a turnover of £1.4million has been launched in Moray.

Two companies who are developing new technology that will deliver healthcare to patients via laptops, mobile phones and tablets have been established at the Alexander Graham Bell Centre.

They have been set up with the help of a £130,000 investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise which will assist in the establishment of the new project, which operate in an area of research that has become the speciality of the centre since it opened two years ago.

Healthfit Digital will developing the new platform that will help patients with information via their IT equipment, allowing them to better manage the condition.

The second company, AllsWell, will develop a whole-health management system using a combination of wellness clinic and digitally-enabled support.

Jamie Hogg from Healthfit Digital said: “We are a new company that is creating information for patients through a digital channel format.”

AllsWell’s June McGuire added: “We are delighted to be running the research and pilot phases of our community-based healthcare model from the Alexander Graham Bell centre.

“It is a perfect context for our programme which is investigating the combination of self-health care practices with digital health trackers and BIG data analysis. We are currently in phase two of our pilot.”

HIE’s manager in Moray, David Oxley, said that Life Sciences was a growth sector for the Scottish economy and a priority for HIE: “The sector has seen rapid growth in the Highlands and Islands over the past 10 years – with significant future potential.”