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By Leontina Postelnicu 10:53 am March 3, 2020
XRHealth has announced that it is working with Israel’s Sheba Medical Center to offer virtual reality (VR) telehealth services to patients exposed to coronavirus who are quarantined at the hospital, and to monitor their return home. The partnership will see the patients be provided with access to VR headsets equipped with the company’s extended reality technology solutions and data analysis, as...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:18 am March 2, 2020
London’s Middlesex University has turned to Oxford Medical Simulation in a bid to provide training for nursing students using the company's virtual reality (VR) platform. The institution has bought five VR headsets that will help students practice treating patients in interactive scenarios and receive feedback on their work.  “This technology is allowing students to make mistakes without...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 07:10 am February 28, 2020
Digital health company Zesty has announced a partnership with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) in England’s West Midlands to introduce a patient portal as part of a push for the use of digital. The news comes a little over a month after the NHS organisation revealed that it would also be working with London-headquartered Babylon to launch a model of ‘digital-first integrated care’. WHAT...
By Leontina Postelnicu 04:16 am February 28, 2020
Update: The HIMSS Global Conference in Orlando has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. As healthcare systems around the world come to the realisation that they need to take action in order to become sustainable and provide the services that citizens now expect, many have turned to the use of digital, data and technology. But it’s no secret that it's tough to crack the challenges...
By Leontina Postelnicu 05:57 am February 27, 2020
The Nordics are seen as the drivers of innovation in many industries, and digital health is no different. According to a recent HIMSS study, professionals in the field look to the Nordics, as well as the Netherlands, to advance their own digital agendas and provide patients with better, more convenient services while putting a bigger emphasis on prevention.  But even the most highly-regarded...
By Leontina Postelnicu 03:56 am February 24, 2020
The NHS in England has announced that it is piloting home testing for coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK went up to 13 on Sunday (23 February). Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director for coronavirus, said this would help limit the spread of the infection. But those concerned are advised to contact NHS 111 and the public cautioned to follow public...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 06:04 am February 21, 2020
After partnering with LIVI and launching the Reboot Quiz, Boots UK has announced that it is piloting the Doctor Care Anywhere (DCA) ePrescription service in 20 stores across central London. Its introduction means that patients will be able to have their prescriptions sent electronically to a Boots pharmacy “within moments” of their consultation. DCA, which is registered with the Care Quality...

The Okadoc team (pictured above) made the announcement at the STEP conference earlier this month

By Leontina Postelnicu 06:11 am February 20, 2020
Okadoc, maker of a doctor booking platform, has raised $10 million from the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, Ithmar Capital Partners and other institutional and private investors, the startup announced earlier this month. WHAT THEY DO Okadoc previously secured $2.3 million in a seed funding round in 2018, the year it was founded. Its platform, which is free for patients, can be used to book and...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:23 am February 14, 2020
Alzheimer’s Research UK is launching a project to improve early detection of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's through the use of technology, the charity announced on 11 February. Having already secured funding from Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, as well as the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation, the plan is for the initiative to attract up to £100m over the course...

Left to right: Barnaby Perks, CEO of Oxford VR, and Ash Patel, Optum Ventures principal; Credit: Oxford VR

By Leontina Postelnicu 10:01 am February 12, 2020
British firm Oxford VR has secured £10 million in a Series A funding round led by Optum Ventures, with support from Luminous Ventures. Existing backers Oxford Sciences Innovation, Oxford University Innovation and GT Healthcare Capital Partners also participated. WHAT THEY DO Oxford VR, a spinout from the department of psychiatry at the University of Oxford, was founded in 2017. It builds on two...