LEADING provider of Digital Services and Digital Platforms firm Kainos has announced a multi-million pound R&D investment to develop new software which will transform the way healthcare is delivered through the use of mobile technology.
The investment includes £3.1m from Invest Northern Ireland, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the EU Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020, to support R&D, marketing and the upskilling of staff.
Making the announcement, Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest NI said: “Kainos has an excellent reputation as a leader in electronic medical records management in the health sector.
“It has long recognised the value of investing in R&D to stay ahead of its competitors and has already used Invest NI’s support to develop highly innovative software that transforms the way our healthcare system operates.
“In addition to this investment, Kainos will create 17 new jobs and bolster existing skills and talent development across its workforce.
“It is also using Invest NI’s marketing assistance to support a global sales drive, particularly in the US.
“This is a very positive announcement for the ICT sector in Northern Ireland, both for driving economic growth and fostering development of skills that will provide an important boost to the local NI talent pool.
“We encourage all Northern Ireland companies, large and small, to follow the example of Kainos and to consider focussing more on R&D to strengthen their global competitiveness.”
Brendan Mooney, CEO of Kainos said: “Our Evolve Integrated Care software will allow healthcare professionals to access, amend and store patient information as they undertake their work, all with the required degree of security to protect patient confidentiality.
“We have a partnership agreement with Apple which will ensure our software can be used on iPhones and iPads, making our service much more efficient.
“We’ve benefitted from a range of support from Invest NI over the years which has helped us grow and build our product portfolio; create new jobs; and upskill our experienced workforce.
“This partnership approach has allowed us to scale quickly and increase our competitiveness. Over the coming months we will focus on accelerating this growth even further by expanding sales outside Northern Ireland.”