Klinik is taking the next steps in its mission of entering new markets. At the moment, the biggest leaps are happening in the UK, where the first UK-based recruit for the team has started in his new position.
Ben Wood, you have just started in your position at Klinik. Tell us a little bit about your previous work history.
I’ve worked in healthcare for over ten years, in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector, I worked for the UK Government to help healthcare companies build relationships and develop technology with the NHS, at both a regional and a national level. My work in the private sector was with Panasonic Healthcare, where I worked with NHS hospitals to develop ultrasound diagnostic tools and surgical monitors for operating theatres.
How did you first become interested in a job at Klinik?
I first met Klinik at a trade show in Helsinki. We started a conversation about whether the company was interested in looking at the UK market and how we could help them make contacts with the NHS, and in particular GP practices. After working with Klinik as a client for the last six months, it became apparent quite quickly that they are an innovative company with a very logical approach to a challenge for which the NHS has been looking for solutions. When Hannu and Jari asked if I was interested in joining Klinik, it was an easy decision to make, because I already had a good working relationship with them.
What will your work at Klinik consist of?
My task will be to set up a business in the UK. I will be helping the rest of the team understand the UK market, and developing and implementing the UK strategy.
What are you looking forward to most in your new position?
Working for a very innovative company that has a great opportunity in the UK.
How do you see the future of artificial intelligence and healthcare in the UK?
The NHS is going through a digital transformation. This presents opportunities for smaller, agile companies to access the market with innovative technology, especially in the area where Klinik operates. The NHS has a lot of pressure on it to reduce costs and burdens on resources, and the best way to relieve some of this pressure is through digital technologies. So Klinik are in the right place at the right time.
Will Klinik have a lot of competition conquering the UK?
There are some companies with similar ideas, but they go about them in different ways. I think the unique selling point for Klinik is their platform and its easy use, both from the patient’s point of view and from the point of view of the medical staff.
What do you do to relax in your free time?
I spend most of my free time with my family. We have a little daughter who just turned three. We live in a beautiful coastal location, so I like to surf, swim, and walk along the coast.