Babylon

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 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 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 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 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 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...