Babylon

By Laura Lovett 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 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 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 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...

Babylon’s GP at Hand smartphone app.

By Tonya Stewart August 22, 2018
The roll out of a controversial smartphone app in Birmingham — the UK’s second largest city — is still being blocked this week despite the publication of a report that shows that the software “advances equality of access to GP services.” The GP at Hand app claims to reduce pressure on primary care and hospitals, yet is being blocked from expanding in the city following concerns about patient...
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...