About K2


“Thank you for taking the opportunity to learn more about K2 Medical Systems. We care deeply about the health and wellbeing of women and babies throughout pregnancy and develop technology aimed at continuously improving maternity care for all – women, babies, their families and all that care for them.

I recently joined the company from another Harris healthcare technology business dedicated to genetic information management systems. Within hours of meeting the K2 Medical Systems team I’ve been impressed with the passion, dedication and expertise that accompanies a strong desire to continuously enhance the products and services we provide.

Our success is built upon extensive research by its founder Dr. Robert Keith who remains engaged with the business even though he’s stepped down from leading the day-to-day operations.

I’m proud to be involved with K2 Medical Systems and look forward to many more years of providing high quality products and services to improve maternity care.

We welcome your feedback on any aspect of our business and I encourage you to contact myself or one of the team.”

Mark Hawtin
Managing Director

A message from our Founder

“K2 Medical Systems are an innovation and technology company dedicated to improving maternity care for all; women, babies, midwives and doctors and the hospital and community. We began life as a research group within a busy maternity department in 1989 and started K2 Medical Systems in 1999 to take the proven research to market where its potential could be realised. We commenced the research and have stuck to our vision over the past 28 years because we are passionate about what we do.

K2 Medical Systems is different. It is a great strength of the company that all employees care deeply about what we do and why we do it. We are an organisation that obviously needs to generate revenue to thrive but it is also true to say that financial objectives are not our primary concern. Our raison d’être has always been, and will always be, to improve care.”

Dr Robert Keith
Founder and Non-executive Advisor

Our Staff

It is a great strength of our company that all employees care deeply about what we do and why we do it. With a large team of Software Developers, Clinical Design Specialists, Project Managers and helpful Support Contacts, your project is in safe hands.

UK Contacts

Kerri Watson - Kerri Watson

Kerri Watson

VP Operations


Jack Philpotts - Jack Philpotts

Jack Philpotts

Head of Professional Services


Robert Bawn - Robert Bawn

Robert Bawn

Customer Liaison Manager


Rob Whitney - Rob Whitney

Rob Whitney

Sales Manager


Liam Minter - Liam Minter

Liam Minter

Sales Manager


Mandeep Singh - Mandeep Singh

Mandeep Singh

Customer Support Manager



K2 are honoured to have been selected as finalists and winners in a number of prestigious awards over the years, and are extremely proud that the hard work and achievements of the K2 team have been recognised by independent, professional bodies and institutions.

K2 continue to make significant steps in innovation and technological advance in the healthcare sector and the below awards and accolades show our unrelenting dedication to improving maternity healthcare for patients and clinicians alike.

IET Innovation Winner 2011

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Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2007

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The K2 Story

The Plymouth Perinatal Research Group – 1989 – 1999

The story began when the Plymouth Perinatal Research Group came into being in July 1989 with a vision to look at how new technology could be applied to improve patient monitoring during childbirth. The group had no support funding initially but certainly had the joint good will of Plymouth Hospital’s NHS Trust and the University of Plymouth. The PRG grew to become inter-disciplinary with a mix of doctors, midwives and engineers.

The group developed computer based training software to help improve skills and we commenced development of INFANT®, a decision support system to interpret fetal monitoring in real time and support subsequent clinical management. We also undertook research into umbilical cord blood gas analysis, fetal pulse oximetry and fetal ECG waveform analysis.

The computer based training was evaluated in a scientific controlled trial and was found to be able to significantly improve the knowledge of clinicians. In 1995 an INFANT® prototype went on permanent exhibition at the National Science Museum, London.

K2 MEDICAL SYSTEMS – 1999 to present day

K2 Medical Systems came into being in August 1999 when the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Hospital’s NHS Trust transferred ownership of all IPR generated by the Perinatal Research Group into the company in return for a small shareholding. The work then commenced to convert the research into real products that could be transferred into clinical practice. We had to learn how to market and sell them, and to run a business that generated enough funds to sustain the required personnel and infrastructure.

Over the years K2 has grown quickly. We now have subsidiary companies in Australia and the USA and have representation on the ground in the Middle East and South Africa. We have customers all around the world using our products from London, New York and Sydney to Shetland Isles, St Helena and Gibraltar.

The Future

Our work is far from complete. We have a number of development programs underway that we believe will make significant breakthroughs and represent our greatest achievements in both medical software and patient monitoring devices yet. We are committed to continued innovation and look ahead with much excitement at the new developments we have underway.

Electronic Health Record (EHR)

K2 Athena™ provides an electronic Personal Health Record system spanning the whole of pregnancy, covering: Community Services and Remote Connectivity, Antenatal Hospital Services, Labour and Delivery Services, Postnatal Services, Support, CNST and Governance.

Athena™ - Electronic Maternity Health Record | K2 Medical Systems
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Intrapartum Care

K2 INFANT-Guardian® is an intelligent system that offers comprehensive Risk Reduction Technology for Labour and Delivery, ensuring the capture of quality data to hospital and national guidelines, supporting clinicians in best practice so to reduce errors and poor birth outcomes.

INFANT-Guardian® - Electronic CTG Interpretation | K2 Medical Systems
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Education & Training

K2 PTP™ (Perinatal Training Programme) is an interactive, online, e-learning tool, offering certification for fetal monitoring and maternity crisis management, with a CTG training simulator, Competency Assessments and Learning Pathways, enabling tailored learning to improve core knowledge and test skills.

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