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Former Rangers player turned surgeon backs Glasgow-based medical app

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Former Rangers player turned surgeon backs Glasgow-based medical app

by Scott Wright

A GLASGOW-based company that has developed an app that records medical interactions between doctors and athletes has raised several hundred thousand pounds of investment to fuel its plans for global expansion.

ScribePro was created by sports and emergency medicine consultants, including Jonny Gordon, Scottish Football Association men’s team physician and emergency medicine consultant at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, to improve the well-being and safety of players.

The technology provides a portable digital solution that records clinical interactions between athletes and medical staff, eliminating the need for paper records, with the information instantly accessible and transparent to all clinical staff anywhere.

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The platform is said to improve communication between medical teams and serve as a tool to improve care, as players can be tested without the need for face-to-face contact with a doctor.

ScribePro is being used by major sports associations such as the SFA, FIFA and the Scottish Rugby Union, as well as teams in the Scottish Professional Football League and Scottish Women’s Premier League. National associations in Europe and the Middle East have also adopted the app, while last month ScribePro worked with 20 of the 32 Rugby League World Cup teams to improve medical care for players competing in the tournament.

Now, following a £400,000 investment from orthopedic sports surgeon and consultant Gordon MacKay and his wife Jackie, the company is looking to accelerate its expansion plans as it targets international markets.

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Further investment in product research and development is planned, with the company forecasting revenue of £4.5m in 2025.

Dr Gordon, who co-founded ScribePro with David Lowe, an academic consultant in emergency medicine and co-director of EmQuire Research, said sports clubs and associations have described the system as a “game changer” when it comes to tracking trends. and the player’s history of injuries. and rehabilitation, noting that it can be used to detect mental health problems and physical injuries.

And he said the investment “came at exactly the right time for us.”

Dr Gordon, who has been working with FIFA on the World Cup in Qatar, told The Herald: “The company is ready to expand, but without the capital investment this would have been delayed, thus inhibiting our growth potential and market penetration.

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“We now have opportunities that we may not have been able to take advantage of, such as presenting ScribePro to 250 doctors at the UEFA Medical Symposium in Frankfurt in January next year. This is a great opportunity for us to raise the profile of ScribePro, generate sales and also get crucial feedback from users and potential users that allows us to prioritize our next workflows, so we are constantly developing features that improve the user experience. ”.

Professor MacKay, a former Official Surgeon for Celtic and Rangers, SRU, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, said ScribePro can make a significant advance in player safety and treatment.

The surgeon, whose own football career was cut short by injury in 1990, said: “When I was a footballer, I realized the insecurity of injuries and how devastating they can be. Simple problems can become serious disabilities if they are not addressed or identified at the right time.

“He was also very aware of the lack of continuity or record or evidence-based advice for players, not just in the world of football, but in other sports and other disciplines.

“So when I heard about ScribePro and what Jonny was trying to do in the world of sports medicine, I immediately saw the potential and importance of it. I have great confidence in Jonny’s clinical ability and when he explained the vision for ScribePro, he was very interested in doing whatever he could to support his company.”

“The vision is also very timely: The sport is looking for someone to take the lead in this arena and provide something that allows medical information to travel with the player, to ensure that continuity. If clinicians have instant access to that information it can drastically improve the outcome for those involved in the sport and ScribePro will really address this with great success.

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if, in due course, it becomes the norm that clubs and associations expect people to be able to provide that kind of information and I think ScribePro will clearly lead this area of ​​sports medicine.”

ScribePro currently employs five people and Dr Gordon said the investment would allow the company to “expand faster”.

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