R&D Expertise Helps TOMCAT Mark Export Territory

Mar 16, 2005

R&D expertise, coupled with support from Invest Northern Ireland has helped local firm TOMCAT Clinical Systems win a £300,000 contract supplying specialised cardiac information management software to the NHS in Scotland.

Assistance from Invest NI enabled TOMCAT to develop unique software which will provide cardiac surgeons with fast, easy access to all relevant patient information.

Improved access to patient records is a strategic aim of the NHS Scotland eHealth Programme. The new TOMCAT Cardiac Information System will assist Scottish hospitals in the management of cardiac surgery data all across the country; assisting in the production of clinical reports, scheduling, risk analysis, ad-hoc statistical analysis and GP letter production.

“The key to winning the contract was our ability to offer software which can be fully integrated into a variety of existing information management systems,” said Stephen Gunning, managing director, TOMCAT. “R&D support provided through the Invest NI Compete Programme was crucial in assisting us to differentiate our product portfolio and create advanced software with a distinct competitive advantage in niche markets.”

“We are now looking to international markets and are utilising Invest NI assistance and support as we move forward with new product offerings and exploit global opportunities.”

John Cooke, Compete programme manager, Invest NI added: “This is a perfect example of a company which has recognised the importance of innovation in an increasingly competitive modern marketplace.

“If local companies are to succeed in moving up the value chain and compete internationally, they must increase R&D spend and boost levels of innovation and design. The Compete Programme is one of a number of Invest NI initiatives designed to help companies take advantage of research opportunities and achieve commercial success.”

The Invest NI Compete Programme is part funded by the EU Building Sustainable Prosperity fund.

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