SA-based tech company lands R66 million contract with UK's NHS

SA-based tech company lands R66 million contract with UK's NHS

- A South African-based technology company has landed a massive R66 million contract with the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS)

- An app was developed by SA healthtech startup Healthcent, which was founded by ex-Mxit COO Andrew Davies

- The app was launched three years ago and it will work by providing a service communication platform

- Despite the international attention the app has been receiving, the SA Department of Health has not shown interest in it

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Healthcent, a Cape Town-based healthtech startup company founded by Andrew Davies, just bagged a massive contract with the British National Health Service (NHS).

The company's app, called Signapps, secured Healthcent a massive R66 million contract for the next two years.

Healthcent was founded by Andrew Davies with the aid of The South African Department of Trade and Industry, and the Gauteng Innovation Hub.

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Davies started the tech company three years ago with a total of R6 million. Now, the app will be used by the UK's NHS as part of their plan to phase out the use of pagers by the end of 2021.

SA based tech company lands R66 million contract with UK's NHS

Healthcent founder Andrew Davies explains how Signapps works. Photo: Signapps.
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Business Insider reported Davies said the contract is a "major coup" for them and it proves that local tech companies can compete with the best in the world.

Briefly.co.za learned Healtcent originated in state-owned hospital Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg General.

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Before landing the contract with Britain's NHS, the app was tested in several hospitals in Mzansi - including Chris Hani Baragwanath Paediatric Burns Unit, stroke units within the Life Hospital group and in the sub-acute care for the Intercare Group.

According to Ventureburn.com, the major developments of the app will be conducted locally, which would provide job opportunities, especially for individuals with background in software engineering and development skills.

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However, although Davies plans on doing the developments in SA and despite the international attention the app has gotten, the SA department of health has not shown interest in the app.

“Over the last three years we have reached out on a few occasions to the National Department of Health to discuss the possibility of rolling this out into other hospitals, without success,” he said.

In other business news, Briefly.co.za took a look at the success of billionaire Reed Hastings. Hastings, the founder of Netflix, first started out as a salesman and eventually became a billionaire.

He started a few businesses before finally developing Netflix and his success story is massive. The Netflix platform now has over 193 million subscribers worldwide.

Netflix was then founded in 1997 along with entrepreneur Marc Randolph. The company had 239 000 subscribers within one year and users liked the fact that they could keep the films they rented as long as they wanted without having to pay a late fee.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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