A UK company with big ambitions to transform healthcare with its music technology, claims that by using artificial intelligence to craft playlists suited to an individual patient, it can reduce anxiety and pain.

The Hull-based health tech start-up MediMusic has created an app and a streaming device called the MediBeat that dispenses personalised playlists to reduce anxiety and pain in patients using a ‘digital drip’ to administer the most calming music.

Initial clinical NHS trials at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, found the use of MediMusic saw an up to 22% reduction in heart rate in patients with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The MediMusic app analyses the patient’s age, gender, nationality, and ethnicity and based on sociological and psychological science, it then compiles in seconds the perfect 20-minute playlist of soothing music to calm them.

Dr Jacqueline Twamley, academic research and innovation manager at the Centre for Health Research and Innovation at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The results have been very impressive. We believe that dispensing music as medicine could revolutionise the treatment of dementia and other similar neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

“The initial findings are so positive that we’re now looking at how it can help ease anxiety and stress in doctors and nurses working in critical care on the frontline of caring for Covid patients.

“A lot of critical care staff are keen to participate in the MediMusic trial. They have been under significant pressure over the last year dealing with successive waves of Covid.”

Gary Jones, CEO and co-founder of MediMusic claims the company have developed algorithms which generate a playlist of up to 400 tracks designed to have a measurable effect on a patient. “We’ve always felt the music can soothe our soul but now we have compelling evidence that it can help our mind and body too,” he says.

“With MediMusic, we’ve managed to digitally fingerprint the DNA of music so we can prescribe the right type of music as medicine.”