Published 15th April 2016

Imperial spinout Hark Health Solutions sold to Google DeepMind

Imperial Innovations Group plc (AIM: IVO, "Innovations", "the Group"), the technology commercialisation partner for Imperial College London, is pleased to note the sale of Imperial spinout Hark Health Solutions (“HHS”, or “the company”) to Google DeepMind.

HHS is developing an app that helps clinicians in hospitals to manage their workloads. The app allows doctors and nurses to input details of clinical tasks (ranging from routine blood tests to reviews of critically unwell patients), then delegates tasks to the most suitable clinician with the adequate urgency. Currently, most hospitals use a “pagers and paper” model to communicate patient needs, which can result in delays and poor care to patients.

hark appThe Hark app was developed by Prof Lord Ara Darzi, Dr Dominic King, and colleagues from Imperial’s Institute of Global Health Innovation with funding support from the NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. The inventors were given guidance and support during the early stages of commercial development of the app by Imperial Innovations’ company formation, acceleration and incubation unit Co.Create.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Dr Mark Hammond, Co.Create Manager, said:

“Hark is an exciting innovation with the potential to make hospitals safer for both patients and clinicians. We are proud to have supported Professor Lord Darzi and Dr King in their work to develop the technology so far and are delighted to note the acquisition of Hark Health Solutions by Google DeepMind”