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By Tammy Lovell September 4, 2019
French startup Wefight has announced it raised €1.8m ($1.98m) to accelerate the development of its virtual companion, which aims to combat loneliness in people with chronic diseases. The app named ‘Vik’ can answer patients’ questions about their condition, treatment and care pathway. It features services such as smart pill reminders, a notebook to monitor side effects and personalised therapeutic...

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By Laura Lovett September 3, 2019
With a focus on hearing accessibility, Google has teamed up with Cochlear and GN Hearing to launch a new service that uses Bluetooth Low Energy to stream content from Android devices directly to hearing aids.  Customers will be able to use their hearing aids to tap into the audio from their Android device. The technology was developed with a particular emphasis on preserving battery life for...
By Laura Lovett September 3, 2019
Swim practice may be getting a little techier, as a new pair of augmented reality-enabled goggles promises to keep track of swimmers' heart rates and performance. Officially launching in November, the technology was born from a partnership between Canadian company Form, which specializes in tech supported goggles, and Finnish-based company Polar, which works on sports technology including heart...
By Leontina Postelnicu September 2, 2019
There is a vast array of health apps that we can turn to nowadays, but how many of those are backed by evidence remains unclear. Only in March, a study published in Nature Digital Medicine found that only two out of 73 mental health apps provided evidence from a study associated with their use. And in June, a paper released in the same journal pointed to the lack of standardised measures for the...
By Laura Lovett September 2, 2019
Across the U.S. and Europe, the population is rapidly aging. In Finland this "silver tsunami" is particularly true.  Roughly 22% of the country’s population is over the age of 65, a figure only expected to grow over the next decade, according to Statistics Finland. Moreover, in about 50 years over a third of the population will be classified as a senior citizen.   In the nation’s capital, the...

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By Leontina Postelnicu September 2, 2019
Israel’s Sheba Medical Center and Telesofia Medical, provider of personalised videos that aim to improve patient engagement, are introducing a telemedicine programme to help cancer patients talk to their doctors straight from their homes, enabling oncologists to better monitor their condition and offer support. The initiative is starting as a pilot in the oncology department at the hospital,...

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By Dean Koh September 2, 2019
Originally founded in 2015 as a result of joint venture between Mayo Clinic and Hillhouse Capital, China’s Huimei Healthcare announced last week that it had closed $30M in Series C funding, led by Qiming Ventures and WuXi AppTech. The funds will be used by the company to develop its core-product, an AI-based Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) called Dr Mayson, as well as for further product...
By Laura Lovett August 30, 2019
Best known for its “everyday low prices” motto, Walmart is now taking on the healthcare industry. The brick and mortar retail giant recently rolled out the Walmart Health platform, which allows users to book appointments at its in-person clinics online. CNBC, which first spotted the development, reports that the company is also opening a new clinic dubbed Walmart Health in Georgia, which will...

Closed Loop Medicine cofounders (from left to right): Dr Paul Goldsmith, Dr Hakim Yadi, Dr Felicity Sartain, Dr David Cox

By Leontina Postelnicu August 30, 2019
In recent years, it has become clear that the growing availability of health data and advances in genetics and technology are starting to support a shift away from the “one-size-fits-all” model for treating a condition, as we learn more about the impact of tailored medical interventions.  Let’s take one example. An area where new approaches will increasingly enable care to be managed according to...

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