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By Leontina Postelnicu 05:28 am November 7, 2018
Researchers have called into question claims made by health tech company Babylon Health that its diagnostic and triage system performed better than doctors on a subset of the final exam for trainee GPs in the UK. Babylon said its technology had demonstrated the ability to provide health advice that was “on par with doctors” in June, publishing an internal study to back the claim. The company said...

UK Business Secretary Greg Clark; Credit: Chris J Ratcliffe/ Getty Images

By Leontina Postelnicu 09:25 am November 6, 2018
Business Secretary Greg Clark has unveiled today the successful consortium groups that will create five new digital pathology and imaging centers leveraging AI to speed up disease diagnosis in the UK, bringing together representatives from academia, the charitable sector and industry. The network will be developed through a $65 million investment from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Data...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:13 am October 30, 2018
A Swedish digital health firm is launching its doctor-patient video app in the UK this week after signing two partnerships with NHS GP federations that will see it become available to patients registered with GP practices in North West Surrey and the North West of England - the NICS GP Federation and SSP Health. The Livi app, known as Kry in the Nordic markets, can be used by patients aged 16 and...

The new 'Tried and Tested' digital health tools library; Source: Our Mobile Health/ Parkinson's UK

By Leontina Postelnicu 07:52 am October 29, 2018
Parkinson’s UK and Our Mobile Health have launched an apps and devices library to help people living with Parkinson’s manage their symptoms in response to increasing demand for trusted digital health tools. Following an independent assessment process, six apps reviewed against ten key attribute areas, including interoperability, patient safety, and regulation, have been approved so far. Recent...

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham earlier this year; Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/ Getty Images

By Leontina Postelnicu 12:04 pm October 17, 2018
The UK government has released today a new policy paper outlining Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock’s vision to transform the use of technology across health and care, setting out plans to introduce a set of national open standards that all IT systems purchased by the NHS will have to meet, while existing solutions will have to be upgraded. The Future of Healthcare document reiterates...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:38 am October 16, 2018
The Netherlands has announced that it will be taking part in an initiative launched by the European Commission in April to deliver cross-border access to genomic information, joining 17 other EU member states that have pledged their commitment to collaborate by signing the declaration to make one million sequenced genomes accessible in the EU by 2022.  The European Commission said the project...
By Leontina Postelnicu 08:52 am October 15, 2018
NHS long term plan IT update. NHS leaders working on the long term plan for the health service have estimated that between £10.9bn and £12.9bn in IT spending over the next five years would be needed for the implementation of proposals across 15 workstreams, according to the Health Service Journal [paywall]. While the total sum is expected to fall during the next few weeks, sources told the...
By Leontina Postelnicu 09:44 am October 12, 2018
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it is backing the implementation of Ireland’s eHealth programme with a €225m loan to help drive improvements in the delivery of healthcare services during the next ten years. After providing more than €14bn for health investment in Europe in the past decade, this is the first eHealth project that the EIB is supporting, according to Vice...
By Leontina Postelnicu 08:11 am October 12, 2018
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has estimated that the WannaCry attack cost the NHS £92m in "lost output of patient care" and additional IT support provided to organisations affected during and in the aftermath of the incident. The May 2017 cyber attack disrupted operations at approximately one-third of hospital trusts and around eight percent of GP practices, with 19,000...

Great Ormond Street Hospital in London entrance; credit: Wael Alreweie/ Shutterstock.com

By Leontina Postelnicu 04:45 am October 11, 2018
London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is looking to become a “research and innovation exemplar for the wider NHS and internationally” with the launch of a centre called DRIVE – Digital, Research, Informatics and Virtual Environments - set to transform the use of technology across health and care. Launched through a partnership with University College London, NHS Digital and leading experts...