Forbes Features ANCON: A Tale Of Two Startups
When Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital after three days in intensive care, he wasted little time in lavishing fulsome praise on the treatment he received from Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).
But the NHS – like healthcare systems almost everywhere – is struggling to cope. It still faces shortages of personal protection equipment (PPE) and just at the moment admissions to hospital are expected to peak, many key members of staff are stuck in self-isolation having displayed COVID-19 symptoms. The problem of staff absence is exacerbated by a continuing shortfall in testing to confirm whether or not individuals actually do have the virus. Meanwhile, more widely, it seems unlikely that Britain’s public health authorities will hit their testing target any time soon. Without widespread testing, it will be difficult to come out of lockdown.
So what role, if any, can entrepreneurs working in the healthtech sector play in helping the NHS – and indeed providers – cope with the pressures created by the pandemic?
Wesley Baker interviewed.