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May 20, 2019
Co-op returns to the health sector. After acquiring health tech startup Dimec last year, the UK’s Co-op has unveiled a digital pharmacy offering, the first in a series of initiatives expected to be launched by its new Health business.  The app reportedly links patients to their GP surgeries and allows them to order medication that is then dispensed from their distribution centre in Lea Green,...

Mariusz Gralewski, CEO and founder of DocPlanner; Credit: DocPlanner

May 14, 2019
DocPlanner has closed an €80m Series E funding round, it was announced this morning, bringing the total amount raised by the company to around €130m. The round was led by London-based One Peak Partners and Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing, with participation from Piton Capital and ENERN Investments, existing investors. DocPlanner, founded in Poland in 2012, is one of a number of players in...
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May 13, 2019
The Duke of Cambridge unveiled last week the launch of text messaging helpline Shout in the UK, a digital mental health service aiming to provide help for people in moments of crisis. Shout is part of a series of initiatives supported and launched by the royal family in recent years to break the stigma around mental health conversations, following the Heads Together campaign. The service is...
May 13, 2019
There are plenty of health apps out there, but recent studies continue to indicate that only a small number are backed by evidence. In March, an analysis published in the Nature Digital Medicine journal found that only two out of 73 mental health apps studied offered “direct evidence associated with app use” – and even these fell short “of high-quality evidence obtained, for example, from...
May 9, 2019
Health tech startup Closed Loop Medicine has raised £2.1m in a pre-Series A funding round from Longwall Venture Partners, IQ Capital and Martlet, it was announced this morning. The Cambridge startup, which describes itself as a "new breed of therapeutics company", says its approach is based on using data and insights about how patients are responding to treatments to tailor drug and non-drug...

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May 9, 2019
Transplant clinics in Sweden will see digital health startup Pilloxa’s innovation be deployed in a new collaboration with Novartis division Sandoz Nordics to improve medication adherence, announced today.   Founded in 2015, Pilloxa has developed a platform that consists of an intelligent pillbox, an app and a cloud solution, along with data driven services, that aims to help patients take their...
May 3, 2019
Fibre optic internet for the NHS and a new unit for health innovation. Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has announced this week that fibre optic broadband will be rolled out across all hospitals and GP practices in England in a new bid to improve access to digital services. "(...) We need clinicians and other healthcare professionals to feel confident they can access fast, reliable...

Prototypes of inkjet-printed sensors under development; Credit: Anglia Ruskin University/ Professor Ala'aldeen Al-Halhouli

May 1, 2019
Researchers from the German Jordanian University and the Anglia Ruskin University in the UK are developing a respiratory rate wearable sensor for infants to enable quicker and more accurate identification of conditions in areas with limited access to health care services. Professor Dingchang Zheng from the Anglia Ruskin University and Professor Ala’aldeen Al-Halhouli from the German Jordanian...
May 1, 2019
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched this week an online resource to support the development and adoption of health technologies in the UK. The new HealthTech Connect resource, which is free to use, has been created by NICE and partner organisations, including the Academic Health Science Network and the Office for Life Sciences, with funding from NHS England....
April 25, 2019
Fast, efficient technology has become the norm this century. It’s no surprise that consumers have high expectations when it comes to ease, but, while e-commerce and banking continue to make strides, for some, healthcare technology is often the stodgy counterpart. Just take comments from a recently-published evaluation of the three-month NHS App pilot in England, where patients expressed their...