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By Dave Muoio 03:23 pm May 27, 2020
Higi, the maker of health kiosks found in retail pharmacies and groceries, has raised $30 million in a new funding round led by symptom-check chatbot service Babylon Health. The raise also included participation from Higi's prior backers, including 7Wire Ventures, Flare Capital Partners, Jumpstart Capital, Rush University Medical Center for Health and William Wrigley Jr. WHAT THEY DO Higi's...

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By Tammy Lovell 09:39 am May 15, 2020
British digital health company Babylon is offering COVID-19 antibody tests to anyone in the UK for its at cost price. The FDA-approved tests, which do not have to be administered by a healthcare professional, can be taken at home and sent for analysis in a third-party lab, to determine whether or not a person has been previously infected by the virus. Users can choose to opt-in to share...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:22 am March 5, 2020
Sanofi has announced this week that it is supporting a three-month pilot to facilitate access to an online symptom checker from British company Babylon for people concerned about digestive health issues.  The service can be accessed through the Buscopan and Dulcolax websites, Sanofi’s over the counter digestive health products. The pharma giant is understood to have launched a similar initiative...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 05:00 pm March 4, 2020
Babylon's Rwanda-focused virtual care subsidiary, Babyl, inked a 10-year partnership with the country's government giving every person over the age of 12 access to digital health consultations. According to Babyl, every appointment will be paid for through the government’s Mutuelle de Santé community-based health insurance scheme, which is managed by the Rwandan Social Security Board (RSSB). ...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 07:10 am February 28, 2020
Digital health company Zesty has announced a partnership with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) in England’s West Midlands to introduce a patient portal as part of a push for the use of digital. The news comes a little over a month after the NHS organisation revealed that it would also be working with London-headquartered Babylon to launch a model of ‘digital-first integrated care’. WHAT...
By Laura Lovett 02:07 pm February 25, 2020
British AI chatbot and virtual care company Babylon is used to getting shade from the public and the medical community alike. But recently it went a step further to strike back at one of its most prominent critics.  For years, a Twitter user under the handle of @DrMurphy11 has posted his encounters with Babylon's tool based on hypothetical situations. On the whole his tweets have been critical of...
By Leontina Postelnicu 10:25 am January 23, 2020
London-headquartered company Babylon has announced a 10-year partnership with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) in the West Midlands to launch a model of ‘digital-first integrated care’. Babylon says people in Wolverhampton and the neighbouring areas will benefit from faster access to services, while staff will have more time to care for their patients. With increasing pressures facing the...
By Dave Muoio 01:53 pm December 18, 2019
Babylon Health is lining up strategic partners as it targets January 2020 for the US launch of its triage chatbot service, according to comments from the company’s US lead that were later confirmed to MobiHealthNews by a spokesperson. Kurt Blasena, Babylon’s senior managing director of commercial strategy and revenue growth, said that the London-based company has already secured two “very large”...
By Leontina Postelnicu 05:13 am August 13, 2019
Nearly two million NHS patients in England will have access to LIVI’s digital services after the Swedish startup inked new partnerships with local GP federations. LIVI’s app first became available to patients registered with GP practices in north west Surrey and the north west of England last year. Now, it will expand to Birmingham, Shropshire, Northamptonshire and the southeast, as well as...
By Cara Dartnell-Steinberg 04:39 am August 5, 2019
The Saudi Arabian crown prince plans to invest in the NHS chatbot maker Babylon Health through the Public Investment Fund, it was announced last week. The backing is part of a $550m Series C round that, according to TechCrunch and others, puts the company at a valuation of more than $2bn. WHY IT MATTERS This investment is part of Babylon Health’s recent fundraising to expand in North America, the...