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By Leontina Postelnicu 07:15 am October 2, 2018
Croatia has become the latest EU member state to sign a declaration driving efforts to link up access to existing and future genomic databases across the EU and make at least one million sequenced genomes accessible by 2022, joining 16 other countries that have committed to collaborate.   Unveiled in April, the initiative, described as a "game changer for European health research and clinical...

Source: NHS Digital

By Leontina Postelnicu 07:00 am October 2, 2018
The National Health Service (NHS) in England is introducing a new app that will allow patients to access NHS services on their smartphones and tablets, to be gradually rolled out across the country starting from December this year. Developed by NHS Digital and NHS England, it will be available through the App Store and Google Play for patients aged 16 and over, who will be able to use the app to...
By Leontina Postelnicu 12:39 pm October 1, 2018
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Bupa £175,000 after an investigation found the health insurer failed to have "effective security measures in place to protect customers' personal information" in the wake of an incident that saw an employee extract data of 547,000 global customers during January and March 2017 and put it up for sale on the dark web.  The employee accessed...
By Leontina Postelnicu 10:12 am October 1, 2018
[Birmingham, UK] UK Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has asked Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, to draw up the first formal guidance limiting the amount of time young people spend on social media platforms.  Hancock told the Observer ahead of the annual Conservative party conference in Birmingham he hoped the advice would set a “norm in society”,...
By Leontina Postelnicu 09:19 am September 14, 2018
Babylon has announced that it is investing $100 million (75 million pounds) to double its London team of scientists and engineers, expand its capabilities, and apply artificial intelligence to assist with management of chronic diseases. Babylon CEO and founder Dr. Ali Parsa said the investment was a "strategic catalyst in helping to support and foster the necessary R&D ecosystem for Britain...
By Leontina Postelnicu 03:22 pm September 4, 2018
A UK hospital is giving parents-to-be a more immersive look at what introducing labor and birth may entail. The Hull Women and Children's Hospital project allows future parents to virtually see the experience of a woman using a birthing pool and ‘join’ an operating theatre where a patient is undergoing a caesarean section. “The [virtual reality] headsets mean people feel like they are in the room...
Natural Cycles app.

Source: Natural Cycles

By Leontina Postelnicu 10:53 am August 29, 2018
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has found a Facebook ad describing Natural Cycles as a "highly accurate contraceptive app" and a "clinically tested alternative to birth control methods" to be misleading after receiving three complaints about the paid-for post. The Swedish company said it removed the ad, which ran for approximately four weeks in mid-2017, as soon as it was notified...
​Robotic technology used to smooth the distribution process.

Robotic technology used to smooth the distribution process at the new pharmacy; source: Now Healthcare Group

By Leontina Postelnicu 02:55 pm August 17, 2018
Now Healthcare Group has set its sights on global expansion after opening a £1.5m tele-pharmacy that will create 30 new jobs in Liverpool. The new ‘super-hub’, which uses robotic technology to streamline the distribution process, is reportedly set to dispense around half a million prescriptions every month, providing support for people living with chronic conditions through the AI-powered Now...
Patient using a phone app to manage prescription
By Leontina Postelnicu 04:15 pm August 16, 2018
Cambridge, England-based health tech company Healthera has raised $3.8 million (£3 million) in a Series A funding round led by Accelerated Digital Ventures, with participation from Cambridge Enterprise and Future Care Capital, to accelerate its expansion across the UK and ‘triple the size of [its] commercial force’, according to Managing Director Martin Hao. Healthera’s solution, already listed...
Edinburgh, Scotland
By Leontina Postelnicu 12:29 pm August 15, 2018
Former Skyscanner Chief Technology Officer Dr Alistair Hann has joined NHS Scotland to help build a national digital platform aiming to improve access to information for both citizens and health and care staff and remove interoperability barriers.   In his new role as CTO of the NHS Digital Service, based within NHS Education for Scotland, Dr Hann will work with Geoff Huggins, Director of Health...