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By Leontina Postelnicu 11:16 amAugust 19, 2019
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on social media companies to take action against the spread of misleading claims about vaccines as figures show more than 230 cases of measles were reported in the UK in the first three months of the year. Measles can be prevented by having the MMR vaccine, given in two doses through the NHS childhood vaccination programme, but the UK has seen a decrease in...
By Leontina Postelnicu 10:00 amAugust 16, 2019
People aged between 40 and 74 in England could be offered “intelligent, predictive” health checks that take into account their age, lifestyle and risk factors in a review of the NHS Health Check programme announced by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock today. WHAT HAPPENED At the moment, the NHS Health Check service is based on a consultation where a health professional asks people...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:57 amAugust 15, 2019
German startup secures funding. Berlin-based digital health startup mika has landed a seven-figure financing deal from venture capital firm Ananda Impact Ventures and VC Fonds Technologie Berlin, managed by the IBB investment company. The exact sum was not disclosed to the media. The startup, founded in 2017 by Dr Gandolf Finke and Dr Jan Simon Raue, has developed an app to support cancer...
By Leontina Postelnicu 05:13 amAugust 13, 2019
Nearly two million NHS patients in England will have access to LIVI’s digital services after the Swedish startup inked new partnerships with local GP federations. LIVI’s app first became available to patients registered with GP practices in north west Surrey and the north west of England last year. Now, it will expand to Birmingham, Shropshire, Northamptonshire and the southeast, as well as...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:09 amAugust 8, 2019
NHSX, the new unit for digital, data and technology, and the Accelerated Access Collaborative, the umbrella organisation for UK health innovation, are setting up a national AI lab in what is seen as the latest effort to move the NHS into the digital age. WHAT HAPPENED Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock unveiled the plans this week, with the new lab set to be supported by a £250m fund...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:57 amAugust 7, 2019
Munich-headquartered startup inveox, maker of an AI-enabled system developed to digitise processes in pathology laboratories, has secured an investment of €17m. The new funds will be used to support their “forthcoming series production and expansion into new markets”, according to managing partner Maria Sievert. The names of the investors were not disclosed.  The system is reportedly currently...
By Leontina Postelnicu 10:40 amAugust 6, 2019
Munich-based venture capital firm Wellington Partners has closed its largest life sciences fund to date, at €210m, it was announced last week. German insurance company Talanx, KfW Capital, a subsidiary of KfW Group bringing together 20 VC experts, and the University of Texas/Texas A&M Investment Company participated in the fund, along with the European Investment Fund and European Investment...

Credit: Oxford Medical Simulation

By Leontina Postelnicu 04:28 amAugust 6, 2019
VR healthcare training company Oxford Medical Simulation (OMS) has unveiled this week a partnership with Oxford University that will see medical students use its technology. HOW IT WORKS Their platform will now enable them to practice treating patients in interactive scenarios using Oculus Rift VR headsets, and receive feedback on the actions taken to improve their performance. The system is ...

Credit: Flow

By Leontina Postelnicu 07:49 amJuly 24, 2019
Malmö-based medical device startup Flow has landed $1.5m (approximately €1.35m) in funding in a round led by Khosla Ventures, it was announced this week. The new funds will be used to support the European rollout of Flow's brain stimulation headset and therapy app, developed to treat depression, which were launched in the UK and Sweden earlier this year. “The Khosla Ventures investment will...

Credit: Vodafone UK

By Leontina Postelnicu 11:24 amJuly 22, 2019
Vodafone has partnered with UK charity Mencap to launch an initiative that aims to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities through the use of technology. During the past year, the Connected Living project has been trialled in 48 of Mencap’s supported living services in Hampshire, Sussex, Somerset, Cornwall, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk. The aim is to make...