Meet the Innovator
Pictured above R – L: James Flint, Co-founder and CEO with Neville Dastur, Co-founder at Hospify.
Tell us about your innovation in a sentence
Available for free in the Apple and Android app stores, Hospify puts a simple, affordable alternative to non-compliant consumer messaging services like WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram and Messenger directly into the hands of healthcare professionals and patients.
What was the ‘lightbulb’ moment?
Meeting with the Head of Health for the Information Commissioner’s Office in 2015 and discovering that, while a very big chunk of the NHS was using WhatsApp to communicate while at work, once GDPR arrived in 2018 they were going to have to stop doing this.
What three bits of advice would you give budding innovators?
- Be prepared for the long haul. And I mean long.
- Keep it simple.
- Never miss lunch.
What’s been your toughest obstacle?
Getting sufficient funding, without a doubt.
What’s been your innovator journey highlight?
Getting on the NHS digital heath accelerator last year. It felt like we’d finally been given the official stamp of approval.
Best part of your job now?
Meeting nurses and hearing directly from them what a difference Hospify can make to their working lives.
If you were in charge of the NHS and care system, what’s the one thing you’d do to speed up health innovation?
Implement and support proper health data interoperability standards. I know this Is finally happening, but it’s still the most important single thing that needs to be done.
A typical day for you would include..
Answering a lot of email, talking to my development team, meeting or calling potential investors, networking or promoting Hospify at some kind of health event, answering customer support questions about the platform. Usually all on the same day and sometimes all at the same time!