Tammy Lovell

NHSX, NHS
By  Tammy Lovell 11:03 am February 24, 2021
NHSX has launched a new process to help give staff, patients and the public confidence that the digital health tools they use meet NHS standards. The digital technology assessment criteria (DTAC) is a rapid process that can be completed in days.  It will apply to all digital health technologies, from public facing health apps to systems used within hospitals such as electronic patient records....
Popit, personalised patient support

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By  Tammy Lovell 11:49 am February 23, 2021
Finnish digital health startup Popit and global healthcare engagement firm Ashfield Engage have announced a collaboration to improve patient adherence. Popit’s monitoring technology, and Ashfield Engage’s patient support programme have been brought together to provide personalised support to patients on oral solid dosage (OSD) treatments. The Popit Sense device is attached to a pill sheet and...
AI, machine learning

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By  Tammy Lovell 07:51 am February 16, 2021
Italian startup PatchAi has joined forces with pharma giant Roche to launch a digital solution for patients affected by oncological diseases. PatchAi for Smart Health Companion (SHC) embeds a virtual assistant which engages patients through empathic conversations using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Following a pilot of the platform in July last year, it is now available to...
Livi, NHS, vaccine

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By  Tammy Lovell 11:55 am February 4, 2021
Swedish digital health firm Livi has sent 25 million vaccination text messages to NHS patients since the UK programme rolled-out in December. The company, a branch of Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider KRY, is supporting the NHS response to the pandemic through its MJog platform. Vaccination messages include vaccination eligibility, warning people not to phone to ask for a vaccination,...
funding, NHS
By  Tammy Lovell 01:31 am January 27, 2021
An NHS initiative to accelerate the uptake of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and digital products is due to launch in April.  A consultation into the MedTech Funding Mandate took place in December 2019, but the launch was delayed due to COVID-19.  Under the policy, NHS England and NHS Improvement will identify medical technologies which have been assessed and recommended by NICE as being...
Ada Lovelace Institute, COVID-19, V-Health passports, digital vaccine passports
By  Tammy Lovell 10:03 am January 25, 2021
An evidence review led by the Ada Lovelace Institute will examine practical and ethical issues around digital vaccine passports and health status apps.  The review, launched this month, will include a series of expert panels, an open call for evidence and an expert body chaired by Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery to establish recommendations and open questions. The project will build upon the...
healthcare innocation
By  Tammy Lovell 05:41 am January 11, 2021
Record levels of capital were allocated and deployed to support innovative companies in the healthcare industry in 2020, according to a report by Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). The Healthcare Investments and Exits Annual Report provides an overview of trends and data covering venture fundraising and deal flow in the life sciences sector globally.  It found that investment in Europe sky-rocketed in...
Liva Healthcare, funding

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By  Tammy Lovell 01:58 am January 6, 2021
European digital health coaching firm Liva Healthcare has secured a new funding round of €24.5 million, led by Brussels-based investment company Verlinvest.   This fundraise comes in two tranches, bringing the total amount raised by the company to €32 million. WHAT IT DOES Liva aims to improve the lives of people at risk of, or living with, chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity,...
Babylon, funding

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By  Tammy Lovell 09:05 am December 22, 2020
UK startup Babylon Health has scored $100 million (£74.5m) in a convertible loan led by Swedish listed fund VNV Global. The new investment is part of the financial round of 2019, which saw the firm raise $550 million (£410m) in Series C funding. VNV Global invested the full $100 million round in Babylon through Global Health Equity, a newly established company within the VNV Global group. $35...
Doccla’s Virtual Ward service, wearables

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By  Tammy Lovell 09:51 am December 18, 2020
NHS healthcare workers in Luton will be able to monitor chronic patients outside of clinical settings through a partnership with Swedish med tech firm Doccla. Luton Children and Adults Community Health Services will work with Doccla to deliver a comprehensive remote patient monitoring service, including wearable technology. This contract has been awarded through the new NHSX remote patient...