Healthcare app used by British Army to connect deployed medics

Health tech supplier Pando has partnered with the British Army for its clinical communications app to keep deployed medical staff from the Defence Medical Services connected whilst in the field.

The trial of Pando is part of Project LARA, an initiative to develop a suite of telemedicine capabilities to reduce the medical risk associated with the nature of many military deployments.

The app was designed by NHS clinicians to streamline communications in the NHS, and is now used by over 60,000 healthcare professionals.

For deployed medics, the app connects them to their seniors and specialists in the UK, enabling them to seek advice on the best course of action, such as whether someone needs to be evacuated by helicopter.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Booker, Army General Practitioner and leading the Army trial of Pando said: “Faster access to specialist advice for deployed personnel through Pando is improving healthcare quality, hastening medical evacuation for those who need it, and enabling others to be treated closer to the point of injury or illness, so they can safely continue their vital work on behalf of the nation.”

Philip Mundy, co-founder and co-CEO of Pando, said: “It’s been an honour to work with the Defence Medical Services on this project. Connecting clinicians creates better healthcare.”

“We’ve seen that throughout the NHS when teams ditch pagers and WhatsApp to embrace Pando instead. And, over the last 6 months, we’ve seen that across the world thanks to this project.”

“We’re delighted to see Pando supporting our deployed medics with all manner of clinical situations and bringing gold standard care to every medical situation.”

The app is now used in over 50 countries worldwide and was recently announced as part of the NHSX Clinical Communications Procurement Framework.