Chris Wright (founder) developed the first beetroot product – RheMOS or Rheumatology MOnitoring System as it was affectionally known in 1995 in his garden shed. A friend (and clinician) approached him with a dilemma. He was spending too much time at the end of the day checking paper blood test results for patients taking the potentially toxic drugs he had prescribed them. It was a worry for him – an adverse reaction to the drug could lead to hospitalisation, or worse. He thought it was possible to get electronic copies of blood tests from the hospital laboratory.
And as he knew Chris was a programmer perhaps he could ‘knock up’ a programme to collect the electronic results and check them for him? As Chris was always up for an interesting challenge and only three young children and a mortgage to pay left him plenty of ‘free time’, he thought … why not?