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By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2016
King's Health Partners, an academic science center, and health wearable company Buddi, both UK-based, are testing a combination of a wearable device and a mobile app to help keep at-risk patients from developing Type 2 diabetes. The randomized control trial, which starts next month, will follow 200 patients with prediabetes over the course of a year in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark...
By Jonah Comstock August 29, 2016
Tim Kelsey, who served as the first National Director for Patients and Information for England's National Health Service (NHS) has moved down under to serve as CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency, a new governmental body that will become the system operator for My Health Record, the Australian government's e-health record system, as well as setting the national agenda for other health IT...
By Jonah Comstock August 22, 2016
Asthma UK, a British nonprofit dedicated to fighting asthma, has released a report highlighting the role connected health has to play in treating asthma and reducing the number of preventable deaths from the disease.  "At Asthma UK we are determined to stop asthma attacks." Asthma UK CEO Kay Boycott writes in the introduction to the report. "Outcomes have plateaued in recent years and this must...
By Heather Mack July 5, 2016
DeepMind, a UK-based subsidiary of Google, today announced a new research project with National Health Service specialist Moorfields Hospital to use artificial intelligence to detect and treat blindness-causing eye diseases.   The project is DeepMind’s second collaboration with NHS, although earlier projects did not use AI. Using a million anonymous eye scans, the research partnership will...
By Jonah Comstock February 25, 2016
Google DeepMind, a UK-based artificial intelligence subsidiary of Google, has entered the healthcare space with a new partnership with the UK's National Health Service. Google acquired the UK-based DeepMind in January 2014. While DeepMind is known for AI, the partnership so far is built around two apps that don't use AI at all. "[A]rtificial intelligence is not part of the early-stage pilots we’...
By Aditi Pai October 14, 2015
Hands Up Therapy, app from NHS library The National Health Service in England will complete its two-year pilot of the NHS health app library this week, on October 16th, and the organization plans to relaunch the offering as a series of "app stores" that focus on specific diseases and conditions. When NHS's pilot first began, in March 2013, the company said in a post that a key focus for the...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2015
Dr. Nick Terheyden Last week San Francisco public radio KQED's publication Future of You posted a must-read report on the growing trend of California medical school graduates joining digital health startups instead of continuing their training and pursuing residency programs. The report was anchored with data from physician network Doximity, which found that medical students from Stanford and...
By Jonah Comstock June 22, 2015
Sense.ly, a San Francisco-based "virtual nurse" company that spun out of mobile operator Orange in 2013, has raised $2.2 million. New investors in the round include Fenox Venture Capital and TA Ventures. Launchpad Digital Health, an accelerator that Sense.ly participated in, also contributed. The company raised $1.25 million last September and a small round of seed funding previously, which...
By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2015
A London hospital is the latest to put the Apple Watch to use within its walls, this time to improve medication management and adherence for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. According to a report from Wareable, King's College Hospital will be the first to pilot an app from Medopad, a British company that also makes tablet-based mobile health technology. "Cancer treatment is a challenging...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2015
Ieso Digital Health, one of the apps in the NHS's new library. The National Health Service in the UK is taking steps to create a curated database of government-approved mobile health apps, starting in the area of mental health. NHS England launched a library of five approved apps on its NHS Choices website, which gets 40 million visits per month, according to the NHS. As a large public health...