UK Health Tech Startup Enters USA Physical Therapy Market


US Healthcare professionals and their patients with MSK related issues such as sprains, strains and bad backs are set to benefit from new technology from a UK health tech startup. It follows the announcement of a partnership between EQL, part of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator and Google for Startups programmes, and Raintree Systems Inc. one of the world’s largest providers of specialist practice management and clinical documentation tools to the Physical Therapy market.

Under the terms of the global alliance EQL’s innovative AI-driven physiotherapy assessment tool, Phio, will form part of the patient engagement platform provided by Raintree Systems. This will give its clients, which include some of the largest Physical Therapy providers in the world, access to EQL’s innovative physio app which uses AI and machine learning to enroll and onboard patients, determining the severity of their condition and recommending next stages, as well as the ability to check eligibility and online booking of appointments.

Phio is the debut product from EQL which launched in June, initially providing an agile triage tool that signposts users to suitable MSK care pathways.

Accessible 24/7 and available in any language, Phio can complement existing services and is a strong alternative for many telephone-based and remote physical therapy services. It also offers dramatically improved customer journeys and has the potential to radically improve health outcomes.

EQL is currently developing its Digital Injury Management tool, a solution that will harness Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to evolve and adapt its behaviour. The “patient as a partner” approach reduces the need for human intervention thereby increasing efficiency and fast-tracking patient care.

Jason Ward, CEO of EQL, who along with Peter Grinbergs co-founded the company, said: “EQLs mission of delivering user centric, clinically robust digital healthcare is a perfect fit for the often unengaged and inefficient USA healthcare system, proving once again that great technology breaks down traditional barriers. Since our launch we have been inundated with interest from organisations including NHS providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), global insurance companies and Occupational Health providers. As a result, we are in the process of signing MOUs with over 30 organisations worldwide.”

Terrence Sims, President and COO at Raintree Systems said: “At Raintree Systems we are committed to working with partners that can help our clients to improve patient care and medical outcomes. Phio is the perfect fit for us and we believe that it will bring real value to the provider, practice and patient. This is part of the company’s commitment to bringing the power of software and technology to specialist medical fields to enhance and extend the skills of healthcare professionals in serving their patients.”