A Glasgow health tech startup is deploying its operating theatre scheduling platform with two additional health boards after saving £2m in running costs for a fellow board.

Infix, which works to find efficiencies for surgeons’ workloads and improve pre-op care, has secured contracts with NHS Highland and NHS Forth Valley.

Its product has already allowed eye surgeons in NHS Lothian to complete an additional 570 operations, generating savings of approximately £2m while significantly reducing waiting lists.

Founded by consultant anaesthetist Dr Matthew Freer in 2019, the company has developed several solutions that help enhance surgical management and patient care.

Its cloud-based software, Infix: Schedule, focuses on improving the efficiency of surgical operating theatres and tackles patient waiting list backlogs, whilst a virtual portal, Infix: Preop, optimises the patient pathway.

Dr Matthew Freer, CEO and founder of Infix Support, said: “Eye cases are only one area where our technology can have transformational impact, so as we roll the tech out across other operations, we’re going to see the easing of waiting lists on a much larger scale, with associated cost savings.”

Calum Campbell, chief executive, NHS Lothian, said: “The support of the Infix scheduling system and the transparency within which it presents system improvement opportunities is excellent.”

Infix is also announcing a partnership with InterSystems. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with 36 offices in 26 countries worldwide, the company is a leading provider of next-generation solutions for enterprise digital transformations in the healthcare, finance, manufacturing, and supply chain sectors. The partnership with InterSystems will extend Infix’s integration capabilities and enable Infix to access global markets. 

Dr Freer said: “The partnership with InterSystems is a validation of our best-of-class technology, and is the first step in an exciting tie-up between the two companies aimed at internationalising our technology.”

Chris Norton, managing director UK and Ireland, InterSystems, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Infix and working with the business to help support its customers on a global level. Our integration capabilities will allow Infix’s customers to benefit from advanced interoperability within healthcare settings, and we look forward to seeing this relationship continue to grow in the future.”  

In May, Infix won one of Scottish Edge’s top awards at a ceremony hosted by Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf and Sir Tom Hunter at RBS Gogarburn in Edinburgh. 

John Waddell, the former CEO of Edinburgh-based investment firm Archangels and an experienced non-executive director, was appointed as Infix’s chair earlier this year, while Angela Brown joined the Infix team as CFO; David Freer is in place as head of product, and Forrit CEO and founder Peter Proud is on the company’s board.