Sophie Porter

Respiray’s wearable device

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By  Sophie Porter 12:59 am February 25, 2021
Estonian UV technology company Respiray launched a wearable air purifier that the company claims can kill more almost 100% of bacteria and viruses, this week. The device, which is worn around the neck, disinfects air coming towards the wearer through an internal filter and a germicidal UV-C light before it is ventilated towards their face. WHY IT MATTERS The device, which was developed with...
Robotics, Klinikum Chemnitz, laparoscopic surgery

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By  Sophie Porter 01:55 am February 17, 2021
Cambridge-based medical device company CMR Surgical (CMR) are celebrating an important landmark as their Versius Surgical Robotic System is brought to the German healthcare market. The tool, which provides top quality technological assistance to surgeons and medical teams in minimal access surgery (MAS), has been adopted by Saxony hospital Klinikum Chemnitz, where it will be used to perform...
NHS Covid-19 app, test and trace
By  Sophie Porter 02:33 pm February 9, 2021
A recent statement by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) claims the NHS COVID-19 app has alerted over 1.7 million users of potential exposure to the virus since its release in September. This comes with the decision to start releasing regular data updates from the app from 18 February as part of the wider NHS Test and Trace data, which is already being reported weekly. WHY IT...
digial triage, eConsult


By  Sophie Porter 01:19 am February 8, 2021
Digital triaging service eConsult has closed a new funding round of £7m which will support the growth of the platform, both in its existing services and into new areas. Currently used to triage primary and secondary care patients, the service will expand into urgent care with a triaging service for Emergency Departments. The funding was led by Gresham House Venture and Calculus Capital, a leading...
Telemedico, Flashpoint VC, remote health
By  Sophie Porter 03:21 am February 4, 2021
Polish telemedicine company Telemedico has closed a Series A funding round of €5.5 million to expand the functionalities of its SaaS platform. The platform offers services including chat, video and telephone consultations with a doctor, AI-powered triaging, medical data storage and an online booking system for in-person appointments and blood tests. The funding was led by Flashpoint Venture...
Itamar Medical, Spry Health, sleep apnea, remote monitoring
By  Sophie Porter 03:33 am January 13, 2021
Leading Israeli sleep apnea digital health company Itamar Medical has announced its acquisition of Spry Health in a bid to expand its product offerings into remote monitoring and support for the condition.  Itamar Medical CEO Gilad Glick identified Spry Health as a “perfect fit” to aid the company’s expansion. Of particular interest was Spry’s patented Loop System technology, a wearable device...
Brexit, MHRA
By  Sophie Porter 02:09 am January 6, 2021
Following its recent departure from the EU, the UK has introduced a new medical device information system (MDIS) that requires all medical devices available on the UK market to be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) using official global medical device nomenclature (GMDN). The new system came into effect on 1 January 2021, with certain devices allowed a...
Virti, COVID-19, AI, workforce, medical training, NHS

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By  Sophie Porter 12:58 am December 10, 2020
Virti has released a new AI-powered “virtual patient” in an effort to aid remote clinical training for medics and trainees across the NHS and throughout hospitals in the US. The technology, which has been named one of TIME’s best inventions of 2020, creates a realistic patient profile for interactive role-play scenarios to help users develop soft skills remotely.  WHY IT MATTERS  With in-person...
Omron, childcare, asthma

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By  Sophie Porter 06:49 am December 7, 2020
Health monitoring solutions company OMRON Healthcare has created the world’s first clinically-validated medical device that accurately detects the presence of wheezing in young children. By providing clear, reliable results, WheezeScan removes the uncertainty of potential misdiagnosis, ensuring children with asthmatic symptoms can access appropriate treatment plans.  The device, which is...
AI, HvNL, Klinik Healthcare Solutions

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By  Sophie Porter 02:06 am December 7, 2020
Two European healthtech providers have joined forces to expand the capacity and improve the experience of GP services in the Netherlands. Huisartsen van Nederland (HvNL) and Finland’s Klinik Healthcare Solutions have partnered to offer a suite of solutions that will consolidate primary care services. This will include an online, AI-supported 24/7 hour triaging system for patients. The solution...