Leontina Postelnicu

By Leontina Postelnicu 10:59 amAugust 27, 2019
There is no shortage of fertility apps out there for women looking to get - or not get - pregnant. However, when it comes to figuring out the best options for fertility, one-size-fits-all might not be the best method. New research out of Nature Digital Medicine found that only 13% of women had menstrual cycles that are 28 days in length. Authors of the large-scale study, published this week,...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 11:38 amAugust 23, 2019
A new app for asthma sufferers promises to provide another means of improving training and awareness of correct inhaler technique by using gamification and an augmented reality functionality released by Google (ARCore) and Apple (ARKit). Called MySpira, the app, which aims to help children aged six to 13, was developed by UK-based digital agency Orbital Media in conjunction with the University of...
By Leontina Postelnicu 08:20 amAugust 23, 2019
Israel-headquartered MDClone, maker of a Synthetic Data Engine for healthcare, has raised $26m (€23.5m) in a Series B funding round led by aMoon, a VC fund focused on health tech and life sciences, it was announced this week. Existing backers OrbiMed Israel Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners also participated in the raise. WHAT THEY DO According to MDClone, its engine examines original...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:34 amAugust 22, 2019
Few days left to apply for the DigitalHealth.London Launchpad programme. Innovators have until 26 August to submit their applications for a three-month programme of support announced at the beginning of this month by DigitalHealth.London, dubbed the Launchpad. The initiative will initially focus on helping between five to eight companies based in the capital develop and bring to market products...
By Leontina Postelnicu 11:15 amAugust 20, 2019
Amsterdam-based startup Shleep, maker of B2B sleep coaching technology, has raised €1.4m to further develop its existing platform, it was announced today. The raise came from investors including Global Founders Capital and Health Innovations. Shleep, which boasts names like Spotify and Deloitte in its client base, aims to help employees and teams change their sleep habits in order to tackle ...
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...