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Canterbury-based Shearwater Systems designs, develops and deploys the Rapport Clinical range of software products, which provide electronic health records to the NHS.

Shearwater technology also offers applications at work, at home or on the move, and the Rapport Patient Portal allows people to view and manage their own records – such access is a key part of the government’s information strategy for the NHS.

Rapport provides electronic clinical applications and health records for the NHS, care professionals and patients across all computers and mobile devices, enabling clinicians and care professionals access to medical records.

Thanks to the Expansion East Kent loan scheme, Kent County Council provided £860,000 of funding to support the growth of the fledgling company in 2013. Shearwater Systems also successfully raised £1.3m start-up capital from a number of private investors, including owners Markus Bolton and Dr Ian Denley. The additional funding has helped to accelerate growth with a further 15 new staff. 

Commenting on the company’s operations in Kent, Dr Denley, said:

“When we created Shearwater Systems from scratch we considered a number of locations across England and Wales.

“Kent stood out because of the availability of high level IT skills, a range of graduate employment programmes from local universities, and a genuine enthusiasm on the part of Kent County Council to attract high-tech businesses to the area with the support of the Expansion East Kent regional development fund.”

Shearwater Systems recently announced news of a major contract for UK software firm Graphnet Health. Their contract is to adapt its portals to be used with Graphnet’s CareCentric electronic health record software.

www.shearwatersystems.com

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