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Thursday 10 June 2021

Northgate Public Services acquires Vantage Health

NPS logoNorthgate Public Services (NPS) has strengthened its position in healthcare through the acquisition of Vantage Health. This is an important deal for the business and the first under new CEO Tina Whitley. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Vantage was founded by David Ezra and Adiel Benyahu in 2006. The company has developed Rego, an AI-powered solution that is designed to transform the referral process, helping operationalise care pathways, reduce waiting times and improve patient outcomes. It works closely with clinicians and managers from primary, secondary and community care, along with commissioners, to integrate care pathways into the platform. Rego reviews all referrals against local criteria and pathways, helping to ensure patients are directed to the most appropriate care.

The company started selling Rego into dentistry in 2015, where it has established a strong market position, before moving into optometry and primary care. In 2018, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) invited GPs to review options for new referral systems, with Rego proving most popular. The CCG contracted Vantage to rollout their platform across 20 sites and the system went live last year. Rego now supports in excess of 30,000 users across the medical, dental and optometry sector, and connects over 3,000 practices, 2,000 pharmacies, 500 primary care providers, and 50 hospitals.

The need to reform outpatient care was clear prior to the emergence of COVID-19, but the pandemic has increased greatly the pressure on the system. There was a significant decline in outpatient attendance last year, creating a backlog of increasingly urgent care needs. The latest consultant-led referral to treatment data shows the number of people waiting more than 52 weeks for treatment increased from 3,097 in March 2020 to 436,127 in March 2021. Technology has the potential to play a vital role in helping the NHS recover from the pandemic and systems that can help direct patients to the most appropriate care in the timeliest manner will be in high demand.

NPS already has a strong presence in this sector, following its acquisition of Medical Imaging UK, MIDRSS and Digital Healthcare, which comprised the eye screening business of EMIS in 2019. The Vantage team will report to Lydia Saunders (Executive Director of Health, Environment and DMS) who joined NPS as part of the EMIS deal.  

NPS also supports Scotland’s Diabetic Screening Programme and the Newborn Hearing Screening Program in England and Northern Ireland, as well as a number of medical registries, such as the National Joint Registry (NJR) and Spine Tango.

The acquisition of Vantage Health adds scale to its healthcare business, should open opportunities for expansion in adjacent sectors, and is well timed to benefit from the pandemic recovery and structural changes to NHS commissioning i.e. Integrated Care Systems.

Posted by: Dale Peters at 09:18

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