March 8, 2021
UK-based health chatbot Babylon Health is selling off its operations in Canada to former partner Telus Health in a licensing deal projected to be worth roughly $70 million, Business Insider reports.
The pair previously inked a deal in 2019 to create Babylon by Telus Health, which allowed users to describe their symptoms to a text-based bot, consult with a provider via video, and store medical...
March 4, 2021
No-cost medications for patients in need. Online prescription discount platform GoodRx has partnered with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) to kick off a philanthropic program that will support patients in need with free prescriptions and care.
With a target goal of more than $5 million in free medications provided during 2021, the company said that it has kick-...
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...
December 16, 2020
A new peer-reviewed study testing the coverage, accuracy and safety of eight online symptom assessment apps has found that the performance of apps varies widely, with only a handful performing close to the levels of human general practitioners (GPs).
Published today in BMJ Open, the study is the first of its kind to be published since 2015 and was conducted by a team of doctors and scientists led...
December 15, 2020
Babylon is supporting the government of Rwanda in a project to digitise its healthcare system and reduce the burden on over-stretched health centres.
As part of a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the British health tech firm has developed a series of triage tools to digitally-enable public health centres through its Babyl Rwanda subsidiary.
The tools analyse symptoms to...
November 10, 2020
PocDoc, a digital platform that brings together blood testing and integrated health assessments via a smartphone app, has been chosen as one of the 2020-2021 cohort of the DigitalHealth.London accelerator programme.
The platform, developed by Vital Signs Solutions, seeks to empower users to manage their own healthcare by enabling smartphone and tablet users to test themselves for a range of...
August 13, 2020
Research by UK-based digital firm Babylon found that artificial intelligence (AI) using the principles of causal reasoning scored higher than 70% of GPs in diagnosing written test cases.
Up until now, the firm’s AI symptom checkers have provided advice using an algorithm which relies on correlations with patient symptoms and medical history.
But a peer-reviewed study, published in Nature...
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.
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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...
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...