Scottish healthtech startup, Infix Support, has secured contracts with NHS Highland and NHS Forth Valley health boards to implement its cloud-based software to drive operating theatre efficiency.
The company has already rolled out the system for NHS Lothian, where it has enabled an additional 570 operations, equivalent to savings of approximately £2m, while also significantly reducing waiting lists.
Infix, founded by consultant anaesthetist, Dr Matthew Freer, in 2019, has developed cloud-based software, Infix: Schedule, which improves the efficiency of surgical operating theatres and tackles patient waiting list backlogs; and a virtual portal, Infix: Preop, to optimise the patient pathway.
An independent review by the University of Stirling in 2022 found that Infix: Schedule can improve operating theatre efficiency by close to 40%.
Dr Freer said: “Eye cases are only one area where our technology can have transformational impact, so as we roll the tech out across other operations, we’re going to see the easing of waiting lists on a much-larger scale, with associated cost savings.”
Calum Campbell, chief executive of NHS Lothian, added: “The support of the Infix scheduling system and the transparency within which it presents system improvement opportunities is excellent.”
Infix is also announcing a partnership with InterSystems.
Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and with 36 offices in 26 countries worldwide, InterSystems is a leading provider of next-generation solutions for enterprise digital transformations in the healthcare, finance, manufacturing, and supply chain sectors.
A global market
The partnership with InterSystems will extend Infix’s integration capabilities and enable Infix to access global markets.
Dr Freer said: “The partnership with InterSystems is a validation of our best-of-class technology and is the first step in an exciting tie-up between the two companies aimed at internationalising our technology.”
Chris Norton, managing director for the UK and Ireland at InterSystems, added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Infix and working with the business to help support its customers on a global level.
“Our integration capabilities will allow Infix’s customers to benefit from advanced interoperability within healthcare settings and we look forward to seeing this relationship continue to grow in the future.”