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Connell C - LB Mar 2022

Proximie partners with Vodafone Business

London-based Proximie, a platform that allows surgeons to advise on operations remotely around the globe, has partnered with telecommunications company Vodafone Business to accelerate the roll-out of its platform as it looks to grow more rapidly in 2022.

In late December, Dr Nadine Hachach-Haram, founder and chief executive of Proximie told HealthInvestor UK that the company has ‘big plans for 2022 in the UK and internationally.’

The new partnership will advance access to digital surgical solutions for both patients and healthcare professionals. It will build on the existing relationship between the two companies bringing its surgical care software together with technologies from Vodafone Business, including 5G, IoT, and Edge Computing.

With the new partnership, Proximie aims to address two of the main challenges in healthcare: making healthcare service delivery more efficient and providing better training for the healthcare workforce – both vital in addressing current surgical backlogs and improving patient outcomes.

The company points out to the need for solutions like Proximie. Current estimations suggest 2.4 million operations will have been cancelled by 2021 year-end, and a report by the British Medical Association forecasts that by 2043, medical workforce shortages could be up to over 80,000 doctors.

Proximie was founded in 2016. Over the last 18 months, it has conducted tens of thousands of interactions in over 50 countries and 500 hospitals. It has access to 90% of operating rooms and diagnostic suites in the UK, US, and EU. It has moved from 30-40 members of staff to 137 people today.

Hachach-Haram said in a press release: “Proximie has started 2022 with huge momentum with this latest partnership announcement. Having the best connectivity is imperative for delivering digital health services at scale, so we are thrilled to partner with Vodafone Business to leverage its 5G capabilities and cutting edge technologies such as Edge Computing.

“Building on our existing relationship will accelerate the roll-out of our platform in the UK and across Europe. We will be able to provide connected surgical care to a wider audience and continue delivering impact by sharing the best clinical practice and ultimately saving lives.

“It further consolidates Proximie’s position as best-in-class and extends our existing lead in the HealthTech space. We are hugely excited to continue the collaboration with Vodafone Business.”

Mark Allinson, business development director, Vodafone Business, added: “This partnership with Proximie cements our existing relationship and will be an enabler of their connected surgical care solution through increased access to Vodafone’s technologies and platforms. The Vodafone Centre for Health with Deloitte is committed to helping more people gain access to healthcare by increasing the number of connected solutions for both patients and healthcare professionals.

“We understand the critical role technology will play in transforming healthcare and, by bringing together Proximie’s expertise and Vodafone’s capabilities, we can accelerate the innovation needed to the drive efficiencies and improve patient care.”

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