Sophie Porter

By Sophie Porter 02:48 am March 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 am February 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 am February 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 am February 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...