Healthera has developed an app to send out NHS prescriptions and allow patients to keep track of their medication or access clinical services. This eases some of the strain on GPs and pharmacists, who are increasingly overworked.
There are 1 billion prescription items sent out in the UK every year, Healthera says, for a population of around 65 million: This equates to almost half of all UK adults being on some form of long-term medication for an existing health problem.
The company was founded in 2015 by three Cambridge University students, Quintus Liu (CEO), Martin Hao (Managing Director) and Jin Dai (Vice President, Product) in their final year of study. The three are computer scientists and medical researchers who noticed a gap in the market where outdated pharmacies could be brought into the digital age via an app-based approach. The company has previously raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding to go alongside this Series A round, and now plans to expand to more pharmacies across the UK, with the aim of eventually covering the whole country.
CEO Liu stated: "Over the past months, Healthera's platform has won the confidence of the market as shown by the speed of adoption among patients, healthcare professionals, and NHS organisations. With this investment, led by keystone investors ADV, Cambridge Enterprise, and Future Care Capital, we will be accelerating our expansion into every household, and soon, multiple healthcare verticals."