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Apple and Kainos launch new healthcare platform

By Margaret Canning

Northern Ireland's newest plc Kainos has worked with global giant Apple to launch a new healthcare platform for mobile phones.

Belfast-based Kainos said the new platform from KainosEvolve would give healthcare providers and carers access to patient information, regardless of location.

The firm said the new platform builds on its existing electronic medical records (EMR) technology - and can be accessed using mobile apps that have been developed exclusively for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch.

Kainos said the partnership between the firms had been confirmed during Apple's quarter three conference call in July, when chief financial officer Luca Maestri confirmed that Apple is working with select mobility partners, including Kainos.

Brendan Mooney, chief executive of Kainos, said: "We are delighted to announce this new platform which will help deliver better healthcare outcomes at a lower cost.

"This is an important step for Evolve towards realising our vision to make healthcare delivery easier through technology, and we are pleased to be working with Apple at this time.

"As we grow our traditional customer base in the NHS and expand into new geographical markets, we see the opportunity to enable fundamental change in the delivery of care through this next generation of mobility."

Kainos listed on the London Stock Exchange in a deal worth around £161m in July.

The company is a spin-off from Queen's University and now employs 405 people in Belfast.

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