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By Jonah Comstock April 18, 2019
Israel and Finland — two countries that have notably made digital health a focus of their economies — announced this week that they will work together to advance the field, starting with a Call for Proposals for joint projects between Finnish and Israeli companies. The pilot project is being led by Helsinki Business Hub and the Israeli Innovation Authority, which will offer funding and services...
By Laura Lovett April 18, 2019
This week Swedish startup NuvoAir, best known for making respiratory monitors, scored $3 million in new funding. The latest round was led by Inustrifonden, with participation from Investment AB Spiltan.  WHAT THEY DO The company made a name for itself with a smartphone spirometer able to conduct lung function assessments in a home environment.  Last year the company launched the Air Next system,...

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By John Otrompke April 18, 2019
The University of Helsinki in Finland recently announced the creation of a new research centre dubbed iCAN – the Digital Precision Cancer Medicine Platform – that aims to use an existing data lake and other faculties to build a precision cancer medicine toolbox. According to Miikka Korja, associate professor of neurosurgery at Helsinki University Hospital and chief information officer at Flagship...

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By Leontina Postelnicu April 17, 2019
Innovators in the UK will be able to apply later this month for a share of £1.5m in funding through a competition that will be run by Innovate UK and the Office for Life Sciences to help SMEs build an evidence base for their medical devices, diagnostics and digital technologies. The aim is to support developers in their efforts to get their products commissioned within the health service. How it...
By Tammy Lovell April 16, 2019
When Siddharth Sharma received a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, his first reaction was to create a spreadsheet of health data. “As an engineer, I did the most logical thing when I came back from the doctor with my insulin and my needles; I got out my laptop and opened a spreadsheet. I started logging everything to find out what was going on,” he tells MobiHealthNews. However, Sharma knows that not...

Above photo: Dr. Ali Parsa, Founder & CEO of Babylon Health. Credit: Babylon Health

By Dean Koh April 16, 2019
With the ambitious mission to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth, Babylon Health, an AI-powered smartphone app, was founded in January 2013 and launched to the public in April 2014. The company’s app, available on iOS and Android devices, allows users to book a video consultation with a doctor or a therapist, send photo or text messages to get...
By Leontina Postelnicu April 15, 2019
London and Berlin-based startup Medbelle has raised €6m in Series A funding to speed up development of its “end-to-end” patient care platform. The round was led by signals Venture Capital, with participation from Talis Capital, Mutschler Ventures, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft and Cavalry Ventures, according to a statement.  Medbelle describes its offering as a “three-layered ‘digital hospital...
By Laura Lovett April 12, 2019
The way a patient walks can be an important indicator of cognitive and physical health. Now researchers from across Europe are set to team up with European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) companies to develop a new sensor-enabled tool that will digitally assess the loss in mobility.  The €50 million project, dubbed MOBILISE-D, is funded by the European Innovative...
By Leontina Postelnicu April 12, 2019
The Newcastle Surgical Training Centre in England has started using Osso VR’s technology to help prepare surgeons for complicated procedures, marking the Palo Alto, California-based startup’s move into the European healthcare market. The centre, based at the Freeman Hospital, part of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, currently provides more than 275 training courses. The trust...

Sam Shah speaks on stage at MEDinIsrael in Tel Aviv earlier this month. Photo by Roy Habani.

By Jonah Comstock April 11, 2019
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has set its sights on digital innovation, announcing a digital-focused long-term plan in January of this year as well as rolling out a nationwide app. But that doesn’t mean innovation in the NHS is easy. At MEDinIsrael in Tel Aviv earlier this month, NHS Director of Digital Development Sam Shah laid out several barriers to innovation the system faces. “Our...

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