Planning to build new healthcare software, Kainos is pumping millions of pounds into its Belfast operation, with 17 jobs on the way.
Backed by £3.1m worth of state funding, Kainos has big plans for its growing business, and recruitment is part of its new project.
A provider of digital services and platforms, the company is looking to develop new software to target how healthcare is delivered through mobile.
To do this, it’s pumping money into R&D as well as recruitment, aiming to create 17 jobs.
“Our Evolve Integrated Care software will allow healthcare professionals to access, amend and store patient information as they undertake their work, all with the required degree of security to protect patient confidentiality,” said Brendan Mooney, CEO of Kainos.
“We have a partnership agreement with Apple, which will ensure our software can be used on iPhones and iPads, making our service much more efficient.
“We’ve benefited from a range of support from Invest NI over the years, which has helped us grow and build our product portfolio, create new jobs and upskill our experienced workforce.
“This partnership approach has allowed us to scale quickly and increase our competitiveness. Over the coming months, we will focus on accelerating this growth even further by expanding sales outside Northern Ireland.”
Mooney might be familiar to a few people as he was named the 2016 winner of the Irish leg of EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.
The programme is run in 145 cities around the world, with country winners eventually competing for the overall award in Monte Carlo, which is where Mooney was when Murad Al-Katib, president of CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients, took the global prize.
“Kainos has an excellent reputation as a leader in electronic medical records management in the health sector,” said Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest NI.
“It has long recognised the value of investing in R&D to stay ahead of its competitors and has already used Invest NI’s support to develop highly innovative software that transforms the way our healthcare system operates.
“In addition to this investment, Kainos will create 17 new jobs and bolster existing skills and talent development across its workforce. It is also using Invest NI’s marketing assistance to support a global sales drive, particularly in the US.
“This is a very positive announcement for the ICT sector in Northern Ireland, both for driving economic growth and fostering development of skills that will provide an important boost to the local NI talent pool.”