Nobody wants to be prescribed the wrong drugs in a crisis. Hence the attraction of a system that offers hospitals a database of patients’ medical histories.

Stephen Critchlow created a secure site that can be accessed by British health professionals through the internet.

His firm, ASC Computer Software, has gone on to develop software that pharmaceutical companies can use to monitor what their customers are buying. Based in Lancashire, ASC has boosted its sales 90% a year, from £665,000 in 1998 to £2.4m in 2000.

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Company details
Year2001
Rank49
CompanyASC Computer Software
ActivityMedical software developer
LocationBolton
Average 3 year sales growth90.39%
Latest sales £000s2,409
Staff44
Founded1989
Websitewww.ascribe.com

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