A BURNLEY-based company has secured a vital investment boost of £500,000 for its digital messaging platform dubbed the “WhatsApp of healthcare” that could be critical to the efforts to contain coronavirus.

Hospify is a free messaging app that allows healthcare professionals to communicate with each other and share information about patients safely and securely.

Set up in 2014, the app is already being used in 150 hospitals with many more soon to join them as the battle against Covid-19 intensifies the need for efficient communication.

Hospify CEO and co-founder James Flint said: “Timing has accelerated the adoption of the Hospify platform across the NHS in the UK, and we couldn’t be prouder that our app is playing a vital part in enabling clinicians and patients to communicate across the battlefield of Covid-19.”

The app was first developed by Mr Flint, a medical technologist, and NHS surgeons Neville Dastur and Charles Nduka.

Having secured £250,000 from private investors three years ago, Hospify’s new half- million pound investment boost has come from Bethnal Green Ventures, which is intended to support the company as it rolls out the Hospify Hub, a service designed to support clinical teams and communities.

Toby Harper, CEO of Harper James Solicitors, which supported Hospify in its latest funding round, said: “This innovative communications platform is a brilliant example of how ‘tech for good’ can thrive during the most challenging times for business in a generation.”

Hospify works in a similar manner to WhatsApp and Facebook messenger and allows users to send text and pictures.