News release

Date: 25th October 2011

Duke of York visits healthcare communication specialist DocCom

HRH sees how DocCom are using social networking to revolutionise communications for healthcare professionals

October 25th 2011 - Prince Andrew last week visited DocCom to find out how its healthcare communications model for the Facebook generation will save countless lives.

On a tour of the company's Bristol offices, the Duke of York met the team of medics and software developers behind the UK's first secure and private social networking platform exclusively for healthcare professionals.

He learned how the highly mobile frontline NHS workforce, in particular, was still heavily reliant on outdated media such as fax machines, bleeps and legacy email systems. The result, he was told, was increasingly poor and inefficient internal communications which jeopardised patient safety and quality of care.

Co-founder Dr Jonathan Bloor then explained how DocCom was reversing this trend with focused and innovative software that combined the ease and familiarity of Facebook-era networking with the security, exclusivity and specific applications demanded by the healthcare profession.
Dr Bloor said: “It was a real privilege to meet His Royal Highness and tell him more about DocCom and the global healthcare communication issues we are tackling. He was very insightful in his observations about the challenges entrepreneurs face in UK, and I was particularly impressed with his commitment to helping small businesses grow and prosper.”

The Duke, whose role includes recognising and supporting innovation, excellence and high-tech enterprise, was in Bristol to visit the SETSquared Centre which has helped many of the city's start-ups become global players.

DocCom is a cloud-based secure and private networking platform for healthcare professionals. Founded by two doctors who experienced first-hand the difficulties of communication in healthcare, DocCom harnesses the latest networking and communication technology to solve long-standing problems that jeopardise safety and efficiency.
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Notes to editors

This company is a member of SETsquared, the enterprise collaboration of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Working through its business acceleration centres across the South of England, SETsquared supports over 250 early stage high-tech, high growth potential businesses. In the past five years, £750million in investment funding has been raised by the partnership’s spin outs and incubated companies. SETsquared also supports student enterprise, helps industry to access academic ideas with commercial potential, and promotes the economic and social impact of its institutions’ research and enterprise activities.
For more information on SETsquared and the support we provide, please visit or email karen.brooks[at]setsquared[dot]
Twitter: @SETsquared

For more information please contact:
Rebecca Shiel at DocCom
Tel : 0117 9031131
Email: Rebecca.Shiel[at][dot]com

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