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By Leontina Postelnicu 01:30 pmJuly 3, 2019
Telecoms giant Vodafone has launched its 5G network in seven cities across the UK earlier today, switched on by five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton in London. From expanding virtual reality training to telemedicine or remote monitoring, experts say 5G will accelerate adoption and stimulate innovation in healthcare in the coming years. WHY IT MATTERS “Everyone talks about speed and...
By Leontina Postelnicu 08:45 amJune 28, 2019
Funding news. UK social care employment marketplace Florence has announced it raised £5m in a series A financing round led by SEEK. Waverly Capital and Rianta Capital also participated, as well as a network of early stage angel investors not named. Florence aims to help healthcare professionals find local jobs, and, since 2017, it says over 20,000 nurses have registered on its platform. The new...

The Landing tech incubator, MediaCity UK

By Leontina Postelnicu 12:42 pmJune 24, 2019
After a new Innovate UK and EUREKA competition aiming to support medtech projects and a programme supporting women-led healthtech startups in Europe, another accelerator in the space is returning to Salford in England later this year. Fifteen health and medical startups will be chosen to participate in the second edition of the Greater Manchester Future of Health Challenge programme, organised by...
By Leontina Postelnicu 09:45 amJune 24, 2019
Last year saw record amounts of investment be plugged into European tech startups, according to the 2018 State of European Tech from investment firm Atomico. However, 93% of that funding went to startups with all-male founding teams, and the findings resemble data compiled by market research firm Pitchbook in the US, which indicates that women-led ventures secured just 2.2% of venture capital...
By Leontina Postelnicu 12:59 pmJune 21, 2019
UK companies can now apply for funding to work on R&D projects with businesses in Singapore in a £1m competition supported by Innovate UK and the intergovernmental EUREKA network. The contest is open to all sectors, but Innovate UK is encouraging SMEs to focus on medical technology, as well as smart mobility, logistics and advanced manufacturing, with up to £350,000 available for each project...

Dr Sunita Sharma (on the far left) looking at the digital postnatal discharge system displayed on a screen; Credit: Lumeon

By Leontina Postelnicu 10:17 amJune 21, 2019
All jobs in the NHS will require “some element of digital skills” within the next two decades, the Topol Review published earlier this year cautioned.  And while it is well-known that bringing innovation into a system as complex as the NHS is tough, many argue that is now starting to change. According to Dr Sunita Sharma, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Chelsea and Westminster...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:20 amJune 20, 2019
Funding news. Berlin-based digital health company Cara Care has secured $7m (€6.2m) in Series A funding in a round led by Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Asabys Partners. Existing investors Atlantic Labs also participated, bringing the total amount raised to over $9m (€8m). Cara Care was founded by André Sommer and Jesaja Brinkmann in 2016, and it has developed a mobile app aiming to help...
By Leontina Postelnicu 05:04 amJune 19, 2019
This morning, data science company IQVIA unveiled a partnership with EMIS Health, a Leeds-based primary care software provider, to enable GPs in England electronically 'prescribe' apps evaluated against NHS standards to patients. The partnership will see IQVIA help populate the EMIS App Library, bringing together their AppScript digital health prescribing and monitoring platform and the EMIS Web...

From left to right: Wojciech Radomski, StethoMe CEO and cofounder, Dario Mazzella, META Group innovation expert, Friedrich Lämmel, Thryve CEO and cofounder

By Leontina Postelnicu 03:36 amJune 12, 2019
Last week, Santosh Mohan, managing director of the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, cautioned during an Enterprise Insights Series event in Boston that the digital health market was still in its “early days”, with many expectations unfulfilled as of yet. “I want to say we are not in an investment bubble. I think the digital health solutions have started to show value and we are moving beyond...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 04:21 amJune 6, 2019
According to data from Public Health England released this week, the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) increased by five percent in England in 2018 in comparison to the previous year.  Although there are many factors at play here - including cuts to sexual health services - it is clear that some people might not be seeking the help they need because they feel embarrassed to do so....