Babylon

By Dave Muoio June 28, 2018
Babylon Health’s announcement yesterday that its triage chatbot outperformed doctors in a simulated version of the UK’s Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) exam made waves, but maybe not the type that the company had initially hoped for. During a livestream, the company said that its AI recorded an 81 percent score on the recreated test, 9 percent higher than the average...
By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Babylon's total funding. Babylon Health, one of a number of companies working on triage chatbots for health, has already made a name for itself with a high-profile partnership with the UK’s National Health Service, as well as with investment rounds totalling $85 million. Now the startup says its AI can pass England’s GP exam and go head-to-...
By Heather Mack July 5, 2017
UK-based Push Doctor, a provider of app-based virtual visits, has raised $26.1 million in Series B financing in a round led by Accelerated Digital Ventures and Draper Esprit. Oxford Capital, Partech Ventures and Seventure Partners also contributed, bringing Push Doctors’ total funding to date to more than $37.5 million. The company last raised money in January 2016. Push Doctor, which was founded...
By Jonah Comstock April 25, 2017
UK-based health chatbot company babylon, which raised $25 million in early 2016, has raised an additional $60 million in funding. While the company didn't disclose the investors, TechCrunch and Financial Times report that the round included Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire business family, NNS holdings, Vostok New Ventures, and existing backers Kinnevik. They are also reporting that the company's...
By Jonah Comstock January 4, 2017
The UK's National Health Service will soon begin a trial testing whether or not a chatbot can effectively replace a call center for non-emergency medical triage, according to a report from the Financial Times.  Babylon, a UK-based telemedicine startup, will power the six-month trial in north-central London, which will include 1.2 million covered citizens. Babylon is a major telemedicine provider...
By Heather Mack January 4, 2017
It’s been a busy week for Fitbit. The San Francisco-based wearable company announced four different partnerships, three of which are integrations with the Works with Fitbit ecosystem. Habit, the Campbell’s Soup-backed personalized nutrition startup that uses data from genetic tests and individual’s health and fitness goals to create tailored diet and exercise plans, will now incorporate Fitbit...
By Aditi Pai January 18, 2016
UK-based Babylon, a remote care company, has raised $25 million in a round led by Investment AB Kinnevik with participation from Hoxton Ventures, Innocent Drinks cofounders Richard Reed, Adam Balon, and Jon Wright, as well as Deepmind cofounders Demis Hassabis and Mustafa Suleyman. The company’s CEO and founder, Ali Parsa, began working on Babylon in 2013 and launched the offering in early 2105...