First of all, how are you and your Family doing in these COVID-19 Times?
Tim Weil: We’re well, thank you.
Tell us about you, your career, how you Founded or Joined Navenio
Tim Weil: I have always had an interest in science, hard problems, and have been involved in technology-related businesses in some way or another from my outset.
After being introduced to (our now CTO) Professor Niki Trigoni, leveraging this technology with a view on efficiency in healthcare is where we went.
At the time, nothing suitable existed in terms of infrastructure-free indoor location technology. Niki and the team at the University of Oxford were working on this amazing bit of science, and what really appealed to me was the potential it had to transform any industry, but in particular, healthcare.
How does Navenio Innovate?
Tim Weil: We provide infrastructure-free location technology to enable new capabilities indoors, in a similar way to how GPS opened up new capabilities outdoors. Our focus is on helping healthcare teams become more efficient and in so doing improving patient care.
Hospitals, for example, can use Navenio’s AI-led ‘Intelligent Workforce Solution’ to assign tasks to healthcare teams based on their location. This helps prioritise workload in real-time on the basis of ‘right person, right time, right place’.
We’re not only creating a more efficient working environment but also providing improved transparency of movements around hospitals. Our tech uses smartphones, with no need for investment in new infrastructure from hospital management.
How the Coronavirus Pandemic affects your Business and how are you Coping?
Tim Weil: Our team is very flexible, and for the most part we’ve adapted well to working remotely. It’s naturally a very busy time for us; the volume of discussions with healthcare teams about how we can help them has increased quite dramatically.
As lockdown restrictions lift in the UK, hospitals are facing a strategic challenge in how they reschedule the elective surgeries that they had to unfortunately halt at the start of the lockdown.
This is just one area that Navenio can really help with in terms of helping to speed up the flow of patients’ stays in hospitals.
Did you have to make Difficult Choices and what are the Lessons Learned?
Tim Weil: We’ve learned how important it is to maintain focus in trying times. There are so many organisations approaching us to learn what we do and how our technology can help them make better use of their resources; it requires a focused plan to ensure that we can properly engage with everyone. It goes without saying that clear, open communication with all parties underpins this.
How do you deal with Stress and Anxiety? How do you Project yourself and Navenio in the Future?
Tim Weil: I am very excited about the future of Navenio. We’re going to continue growing the business across the UK, and begin expanding operations into the US and Southeast Asia.
We have a great technology that is relevant to the challenges we’re all going to be facing for a long time to come. We are at the forefront of advances such as automated mapping which really has the power to transform facilities management.
Who are your Competitors? And how do you plan to Stay in the Game?
Tim Weil: In the indoor location space, we typically find that our competition comes from infrastructure-heavy providers – be that Bluetooth Beacons or RFID. However, as these require investment in hardware, our solutions are far easier to implement and manage. We don’t just provide a technology platform – we give healthcare teams a solution they can use very easily in the real world.
Your Final Thoughts
Tim Weil: For healthcare teams, the number one priority is always going to be giving care to those in need. Covid-19 has demonstrated the importance of efficiency and transparency in patient care, but this need doesn’t simply exist during a pandemic; it’s permanent, and that’s what we’re here to support.