NUI Galway has announced details of a new spin-off company called Qpercom. The software and services company is based in the university's business incubation facilities.

Qpercom is involved in providing an online assessment system to replace any kind of paper-based form or checklist. Its initial target market is medical schools across Europe.

There are around 140 medical schools with well more than one million students. The university says Qpercom has already secured as customers the Medical School at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and NUI Galway's School of Medicine and its School of Nursing and Midwifery.

NUI Galway's Dr Thomas Kropmans is one of the founders of the company and developed the technology with his colleagues at NUI Galway's Medical Informatics and Education group in the School of Medicine.

Until now, the performance of medical students during their clinical examinations has been recorded on paper forms. The company says this results in a delay in providing results, as thousands of forms have to be compiled, manually calculated and keyed into a database.

Last month, medical students at NUI Galway were successfully examined using Qpercom's technology.

Qpercom says its products and services also have potential in other markets where instantaneous results from forms or check-lists would be of benefit - including industrial education, sports education, agriculture and health and safety.