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By Leontina Postelnicu 09:39 amMay 31, 2019
London-based startup Feebris, which is part of this year’s first Google for Startups Residency cohort, has raised £1.1 million in seed funding including a grant from Innovate UK and investment from 24 Haymarket. Feebris, which has been supported by the HS. health tech accelerator and the Social Tech Trust charity, was founded in 2017 by Elina Naydenova and Adam Bacon. WHAT THEY DO The British ...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 11:17 amMay 24, 2019
NHS Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published this week the independent evaluation of the Babylon GP at Hand service, undertaken by Ipsos Mori and the York Health Economics Consortium to understand the impact of the digital-first model on patients and staff, as well as the wider system. It follows the release of the Care Quality Commission’s report that saw GP at...
By Leontina Postelnicu 12:58 pmMay 23, 2019
Innovation and tech company Satellite Applications Catapult and the NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) announced this week that they have agreed a formal partnership that looks at leveraging the potential of satellite technology in the digital transformation of healthcare. Oxfordshire-based Satellite Applications Catapult, which was established by Innovate UK in...
By Leontina Postelnicu 08:01 amMay 23, 2019
It is well-known that there are some situations in which physicians continue to resist the use of mobile health solutions, and a recent study published in JMIR at the beginning of May sought to identify some of the factors that play a key role in the adoption of a free oncology decision support app.  Oncology is a growing space in digital health. CE-approved ONCOassist, launched in 2012, gives...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:25 amMay 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

By Leontina Postelnicu 03:49 amMay 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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By Leontina Postelnicu 07:38 amMay 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...
By Leontina Postelnicu 03:00 amMay 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...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:16 amMay 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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By Leontina Postelnicu 04:37 amMay 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...