Sophie Porter

Credit: Mindler

By Sophie Porter 01:51 amApril 8, 2020
Mindler, Sweden’s largest digital mental health platform, recently succeeded in raising €8 million in Series A funding. The company, which noted a steep increase in demand for psychological services since the COVID-19 outbreak, has secured backing from Ventech and Schibsted Growth to aid in their European expansion. WHAT THEY DO The startup, founded in 2018, aims to make psychological help...

Credit: Hospitech Respiration

By Sophie Porter 01:28 amApril 1, 2020
Hospitech Respiration, an Israeli startup that designed and manufactures a device to prevent health complications caused by ventilator usage, is offering their product to Israeli hospitals battling the coronavirus free of charge. The AnapnoGuard device AG100s was developed to work alongside a ventilator in order to improve patient safety by preventing ventilator-enabled infections and limiting...

Credit: Medbelle

By Sophie Porter 04:07 amMarch 31, 2020
Digital hospital Medbelle has announced it will be selling COVID-19 test kits to private patients at cost in an attempt to aid the NHS in its efforts to better understand the virus and to expand testing capabilities in the UK. The kits cost £225 each, inclusive of laboratory, packaging and advisor fees. Purchases are limited to two per household to control demand, but the organisation has an...

Credit: Livi Care Connect

By Sophie Porter 04:22 amMarch 30, 2020
LIVI, the UK branch of Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider KRY, has launched a free web-based platform that will enable healthcare professionals to connect with patients via video consultations. LIVI Connect - which operates as Care Connect by KRY elsewhere in Europe - is available to all practicing medical professionals free of charge, regardless of whether they already have a LIVI...
By Sophie Porter 02:48 amMarch 27, 2020
Public Health England (PHE) informed the UK government that (25 March) home-testing kits that identify whether a person has ever been infected with COVID-19 could soon be available to order online and from chemists,. The simple finger-prick test should take no more than 15 minutes and will see members of the public extract blood from home and send their sample off for evaluation. It will not test...
By Sophie Porter 04:12 amFebruary 26, 2020
Technology-powered home care provider Cera Care has announced today the launch of its SmartCare technology in the UK after securing a $70 million financing boost. Cera, who specialise in digitally-enabled care services for the elderly, believe the rollout of their new technology and analytics platform could “potentially [save] the NHS millions”. WHAT IT'S FOR SmartCare utilises machine learning...
By Sophie Porter 11:10 amFebruary 18, 2020
US medical technology provider Medtronic has announced the acquisition of Digital Surgery, a UK-based company specialising in surgical AI and digital education and training. The purchase integrates Digital Surgery into Medtronic’s Surgical Robotics business, a subset of their Minimally Invasive Therapies Group. WHY IT MATTERS Medtronic is the largest medical device supplier in the world. By...
By Sophie Porter 06:55 amFebruary 12, 2020
A study published in the BMJ has advised against the use of apps to assess the risk of skin cancer. Primarily targeted at catching early-stage melanoma by photographing suspicious skin lesions on a smartphone, the apps were found to be subject to “poor and variable performance”, in spite of one having gained CE marking. The discrepancy has led the authors to condemn the European regulatory...