Portable Medical Technology launches decision-support app for oncologists

7 February 2013

Portable Medical Technology has launched ONCOassist, a new smartphone app developed specifically for oncologists to bring vital clinical decision support tools to their mobile device.

Traditionally, oncologists have spent many hours searching for academic papers and complex formulae online. 
ONCOassist will eliminate this repetitive time consuming task by delivering oncologists the required clinical decision support tools at the point of care, and save time searching.

Dr Richard Bambury, Eoin O’Carroll and Kevin Bambury are the founders of ONCOassist. All graduates of University College Cork in Ireland, the team were recently selected out of hundreds of other applicants as a high potential startup company to participate in the prestigious Healthbox Europe startup accelerator, located in central London.

Dr Bambury, a specialist registrar in medical oncology working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, became acutely aware of the need for a point-of-care  application designed specifically for oncologists and teamed up with his brother Kevin and Eoin O’Carroll to develop the application.

“I saw a pressing need for a high-technology mobile application that offered me all the tools I needed as I did my rounds,” said Bambury. “For example, in order to assess how much benefit patients are likely to receive from chemotherapy, we have traditionally used estimates based on prior clinical trial data that may or may not be applicable to each patient. There are a limited number of online tools available to help with this, but none of these are in smartphone format.”

ONCOassist is only the first Irish and third company worldwide to take the step of getting a CE mark, which is the European Union quality control regulation analogous to the FDA in the US.

“As our application falls within the definition of a medical device, we felt having a CE mark was of the utmost importance in order to demonstrate compliance with Regulatory Requirements” said Kevin Bambury.

Currently available in the AppStore for download to the iPhone and iPad in the UK and Ireland, the company plans to roll out the platform for use on android devices by Q3-4 2013.

For more information see: portablemedicaltechnology.com/


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