AI healthcare startup awarded £1M NHS contract

Edinburgh based tech company snap40, has announced that it has been awarded a £1 million SBRI healthcare development contract by NHS England.

The company state that the contract will support its efforts to further scale its technology. It will also provide critical validation funding for two clinical studies with NHS Fife and with NHS Lothian’s Emergency Medicine Research (EMERGE) based in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

snap40 uses predictive analytics to help identify those at risk of health deterioration. Users wear a medical device to continuously monitor health indicators, the data of which is continuously sent to the snap40 predictive analytics software platform.

The company recognises health deterioration by using machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms. These algorithms help convert the data collect by snap40 sensors into vital signs, which are analysed for signs of change and potential risk.

snap40 can then determine how serious the risk of health deterioration is. If the risk is considered to be sufficiently high, the system will provide an alert to clinical staff.

The early alert system can help doctors and nurses take action early, potentially saving lives, improving outcomes and reducing unnecessary hospital admissions.

The company was founded based on its co-founder & CEO, Christopher McCann’s experiences working in hospitals while studying medicine.

McCann said: “In an ideal world, we’d all have our own dedicated doctor sitting with us, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But, with increasing pressure on healthcare systems and challenges in prioritising competing demands, access to doctors and nurses is at a premium. Our society simply cannot afford one-to-one care – snap40 changes that. It allows our world-class healthcare staff to care for many more patients by helping them to prioritise who needs attention most. This contract from NHS England is a recognition of the value our product can bring to health services all over the world.”

Karen Livingstone, national director SBRI Healthcare said: “ People are increasingly taking control of their own health, using tools to inform their behaviours and decisions. Artificial intelligence technology is becoming more and more powerful, and will play an increasing role in healthcare over the coming years. We’re excited to be working with snap40 to explore how application of the technology can monitor patients’ vital signs and help predict patient deterioration.”


Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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