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Digital health medtech company HealthBeacon, the developer of a smart bin for the disposal of medical sharps, has been named as an official National Health Service (NHS) supplier.

HealthBeacon has developed a platform to help patients keep up with their medication regime through digital reminders.

Its flagship smart sharps bin is designed to be used by patients who need to inject medication at home. It connects digitally to a patient or carer’s smartphone and is used to dispose of syringes and injector pens and to track the patient’s adherence to their medication regime, providing reminders if needed.

In June, the Dublin-based company applied to Dublin City Council for planning permission to develop a healthcare waste-management facility at the company’s headquarters in the Naas Road Business Park. The company is looking to accept its bins on-site and supply them to customers for processing and sterilisation.

The NHS has been actively looking for companies to provide it with remote monitoring solutions as it looks to support patients with long-term health conditions, as well as COVID-19 patients, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Having been named an official NHS supplier, HealthBeacon will now benefit from direct access to the UK’s healthcare market.

Co-founder and CEO Jim Joyce said: “Getting approval really opens up the market for us because clinicians in the UK can now enter a buyer process to use our tools, which is something many already wanted to do but were restricted from being able to do so”.

HealthBeacon, co-founded by Joyce and Kieran Daley in 2013, has a presence in Dublin, Boston and Montreal. It currently employs 40 staff and is looking to take on up to 30 more by the end of next year.

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