VICTORIA, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Induction Healthcare, a leading virtual care platform driving digital transformation of healthcare systems worldwide, has acquired Attend Anywhere Pty Ltd, the Australian developer of the award-winning video consultation system purpose-built for healthcare and used by 90% of NHS Trusts throughout the UK. The acquisition creates a well-resourced, UK listed technology provider, focused on helping healthcare systems deliver more flexible care options for patients and staff. The transaction provides services across the UK and Australia that already use both companies’ technologies, with the immediate benefit of improved services and support, dedicated to integration projects and partnerships.
COVID-19 has forced healthcare systems around the world to accelerate already-underway digital transformation, and the drivers have been particularly strong for healthcare systems that deliver specialty care services. The pandemic placed increased pressure on physical space and resources of hospitals and healthcare practices, forcing rapid rescheduling or cancellation of appointments, adding delays to already strained operating waiting lists, impairing the mobility of patients and their ability to physically attend clinics and impacting the availability of doctors who frequently are required to be in two places at once. The integrated offerings of Attend Anywhere and Induction Healthcare enables a future flexible state for healthcare that allows care or support to be provided in person, over the phone, over video, or asynchronously – with patients and healthcare staff able to work together without having to be in the same room.
Attend Anywhere’s solution compliments Induction Healthcare’s existing product suite, including Induction Switch, an app based solution used by over 210,000 doctors across UK and Australia to streamline communication with colleagues; Induction Guidance, which allows staff at over 126 hospitals across the UK, Mexico and New Zealand to access controlled treatment information and guidelines irrespective of their location in the hospital (via intranet) or working remotely (via app); and Induction Zesty, a portal used by 280,000 patients to book and access their appointments, read their clinical letters, store a copy of their clinical record and provide data to their care teams remotely. These solutions, brought together and integrated with third party applications and the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) through Induction’s HealthStream integration engine, make a future of flexible care options that build on pre-existing investments in healthcare information technology possible.
Chris Ryan, CEO of Attend Anywhere said: “Our union brings together two teams with a common ethos and complementary products and services. It allows Attend Anywhere to accelerate our integration within hospitals and other IT systems, and delivers a significant boost to our operational capabilities in the UK and Ireland, as well as expanding opportunities across the globe. While the pandemic saw a rise in the need for remote care, it has long been our clients’ desire to digitise the UK’s healthcare offering. This partnership will help maintain the momentum of change for healthcare systems, which have seen a significant increase in remote consultations, even after local restrictions have been lifted. I am excited to remain actively involved in the business going forward.“
NHS Wales said: “As part of the emergency COVID response, Attend Anywhere supported NHS Wales to rapidly scale video consultations across all Health boards in a variety of Health Care settings. It now forms part of a safe and assured toolkit for patients and clinicians, that allows them to work flexibly and meets their needs to deliver safe and timely care to the people of Wales.”