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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...

Babyl activation event in Rwanda. As part of the service communities have access to virtual consultations with doctors and experts, as well as monitoring and diagnostic tools. Photo credit: Babyl Rwanda 

By Laura Lovett 12:11 pm May 24, 2019
With billions of dollars pouring into the biggest tech hubs in the world like Silicon Valley, New York and Beijing, it can be easy to forget about other health technologies under development in regions without the same resources. However, digital health has already started changing care around the world, especially in developing regions, making care more accessible and cost effective. In...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 11:17 am May 24, 2019
NHS Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published this week the independent evaluation of the Babylon GP at Hand service, undertaken by Ipsos Mori and the York Health Economics Consortium to understand the impact of the digital-first model on patients and staff, as well as the wider system. It follows the release of the Care Quality Commission’s report that saw GP at...
By Piers Ford 05:39 am April 30, 2019
Despite the strong push for technology development from the NHS, patient demand for video GP consultations is lagging behind the other options typically offered by digital appointment systems. This is the conclusion of the latest data from askmyGP, which reveals a much higher preference for secure messaging, telephone and face-to-face consultations. The patient contact preference data was...
By Dave Muoio 01:27 pm March 7, 2019
Babylon’s triage chatbot and virtual confirmation platform has come to Canada’s British Columbia in the form of a newly launch telehealth app, Babylon by Telus Health. The tool allows users to describe their symptoms to the text-based bot, video consult with a licensed practitioner, and store and easily access consultation notes or other information. The app is the result of a partnership...
By Laura Lovett 09:57 am November 2, 2018
It’s a too familiar scene — 2 a.m. and the computer screen is open to a Google search leading the user down every possible scenario and health scare. The patient then has to decide based on whatever search has come up whether or not a trip the emergency room is in order.    That’s where AI chatbots have come in to play. More and more digital health companies are focusing on providing a place for...

Babylon Healthcheck service; Credit: Babylon

By Leontina Postelnicu 08:19 am October 10, 2018
NHS Digital launches mental health data hub. NHS Digital has created a mental health data hub to give healthcare workers, patients, charities and others easier access to national mental health statistics, with its launch coinciding with World Mental Health Day. The new online tool provides links to additional sources of mental health data from other organisations, building on NHS Digital's GP...
By Leontina Postelnicu 09:19 am September 14, 2018
Babylon has announced that it is investing $100 million (75 million pounds) to double its London team of scientists and engineers, expand its capabilities, and apply artificial intelligence to assist with management of chronic diseases. Babylon CEO and founder Dr. Ali Parsa said the investment was a "strategic catalyst in helping to support and foster the necessary R&D ecosystem for Britain...
By Jonah Comstock 02:53 pm September 11, 2018
The Cadillac of gene tests? 23andMe is considering a $749 premium gene test offering, considerably more expensive than the $99 to $199 products the company has offered thus far, CNBC reports. Some users received email notifications about a premium service at that price, but clicking the link did nothing. According to 23andMe, it’s only testing user interest and has no plans for a roll out. In...