29 Sep 2012

Entrepreneur makes a business out of making notes

iPad technology will soon be sweeping the consultation rooms of physiotherapists and sports rehabilitators across the UK thanks to a new product designed in the North East.

Ben Snook of Darlington hit upon the idea of developing a new, faster way for clinicians to manage their patient notes while studying sports rehabilitation at university in 2001.

He progressed the idea while working as a sports rehabilitator within sports clubs across the country and now, after recruiting the expertise of the business support team at Newcastle Science City, he has developed the concept into a new piece of software called Mobile Patient Notes. A beta version of the tablet application is due to be released for Android in mid-June, with the full version and iPad app expected later this year.

The software has been designed to reduce the amount of time clinicians spend recording the notes they take when assessing patients, to simplify the way they do it and in doing so, allow more time for patient interaction. Unlike other text-based software currently on the market, Mobile Patient Notes is based on an intuitive design using simple sliders, scroll bars and drop down boxes to record assessments quickly and easily.

This information is then stored on MPN’s secure, encrypted data servers and can be accessed from any tablet via the web-based server using the practitioner’s security password.

Ben said: “This unique, intuitive and paperless way of recording and accessing patient notes brings the world of physiotherapy up to date with advances in technology. It will save practitioners time and address security and privacy issues with the storage of notes.

“The tap and track system allows clinicians to be mobile as they can access their notes using wireless technology, and the Patient Histories timeline feature is especially useful in practices where more than one clinician may need to treat a patient.”

Middlesbrough College lecturer Ivan Whitfield, who delivers anatomy research and sports therapy for Teesside University degree programmes, helped Ben develop the technical and factual content to ensure the application would be targeted at addressing challenges faced by today’s practitioners.

Ivan is among a series of clinicians currently trialling the beta version and has given the software a glowing recommendation.

He said: “Modern professionals need modern approaches and MPNotes provides the most detailed and interactive platform currently available.

“It  also provides a thoroughly modern teaching tool. Lecturers can take advantage of the structured approach to the assessment process and students can practice sections at a time until they are confident in their understanding of the need for deep knowledge linking theory to practice.”

Simon Green, head of business support at Newcastle Science City, said Mobile Patient Notes has an exciting future ahead of it.

Simon said: “Having worked in the industry, Ben has real insight into the challenges faced by practitioners on a daily basis and has developed a practical solution to tackle some of these issues. The beauty of Mobile Patient Notes is in its simplicity and its intuitive design is what will make it a real success.

“Newcastle Science City started working with Ben when Mobile Patient Notes was an idea on paper. The support we have provided has allowed Ben to turn this into a fully working product and launch his business.”

Mobile Patient Notes is one of hundreds of products and services Newcastle Science City has helped bring to market as part of its work to support the region’s science and technology sector.

For more information on Mobile Patient Notes visit www.mobilepatientnotes.com

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