Belfast firm partners with Apple to launch patient records software for doctors
Doctors could soon be using their iPhones to update patient records in Northern Ireland.
It follows a major investment by a Belfast-based company in developing new software to transform how healthcare is delivered through mobile technology.
Kainos, which provides digital services, said a partnership agreement had been signed with Apple.
CEO Brendan Mooney 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."
Although the total invested has not been disclosed, it includes £3.1 million from Government jobs creation agency Invest NI, partly-funded by the EU.
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."
Kainos will create 17 new jobs and bolster existing skills and talent development across its workforce.