Leontina Postelnicu

By Leontina Postelnicu 06:45 amSeptember 19, 2019
When it comes to health apps, concerns around data transparency and privacy or the lack of scientific evidence or peer-reviewed studies to back up their use have long plagued the digital health world. Only last week, period tracking platforms came under fire after a report from UK-based research group Privacy International found that some apps were sharing users’ personal information with...
By Leontina Postelnicu 10:53 amSeptember 12, 2019
Fifteen startups providing solutions to help people with dementia or frailty and to improve the delivery of primary care and outpatient services, as well as prevention and public health, have been selected to take part in a new accelerator supported by the NHS and tech and pharma companies. Launched by Up Ventures, MediaCityUK, Health Innovation Manchester, the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust...
By Leontina Postelnicu 01:49 pmSeptember 6, 2019
High street pharmacy chain Boots UK has unveiled this week a partnership with Swedish startup LIVI, known as KRY in the Nordic markets, to provide an in-store digital GP consultation service to its customers and NHS patients. LIVI will initially be piloting an NHS service in a Boots store in north west Surrey, where it has already partnered with GP federations, followed by a private service in...

Credit: Novartis

By Leontina Postelnicu 12:02 pmSeptember 6, 2019
Home to around 40 museums, including Fondation Beyerel, Basel is famous for its vibrant art scene. But for the past 250 years, the country’s third largest city has also established itself as a hotspot for chemical and pharma innovation. It hosts the headquarters of two of the largest pharma companies in the world, Novartis and Roche. In fact, two predecessor companies of Novartis, Sandoz and Ciba...
By Leontina Postelnicu 11:19 amSeptember 2, 2019
There is a vast array of health apps that we can turn to nowadays, but how many of those are backed by evidence remains unclear. Only in March, a study published in Nature Digital Medicine found that only two out of 73 mental health apps provided evidence from a study associated with their use. And in June, a paper released in the same journal pointed to the lack of standardised measures for the...

Credit: Sheba Medical Center

By Leontina Postelnicu 06:18 amSeptember 2, 2019
Israel’s Sheba Medical Center and Telesofia Medical, provider of personalised videos that aim to improve patient engagement, are introducing a telemedicine programme to help cancer patients talk to their doctors straight from their homes, enabling oncologists to better monitor their condition and offer support. The initiative is starting as a pilot in the oncology department at the hospital,...

Closed Loop Medicine cofounders (from left to right): Dr Paul Goldsmith, Dr Hakim Yadi, Dr Felicity Sartain, Dr David Cox

By Leontina Postelnicu 05:49 amAugust 30, 2019
In recent years, it has become clear that the growing availability of health data and advances in genetics and technology are starting to support a shift away from the “one-size-fits-all” model for treating a condition, as we learn more about the impact of tailored medical interventions.  Let’s take one example. An area where new approaches will increasingly enable care to be managed according to...
By Leontina Postelnicu 02:42 pmAugust 27, 2019
Cambridge, UK-based company Ieso Digital Health, provider of an online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service, has carried out a study that sought to determine psychotherapy features associated with improvements in patient symptoms after applying deep learning to large-scale clinical data from its platform, published in JAMA Psychiatry. TOPLINE DATA According to the researchers, findings...
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,...