Babylon Health

By Dave Muoio 02:56 pm August 3, 2020
Austin, Texas-based virtual and on-demand care provider Remedy announced Dr. Ronald Dixon as its chief medical officer. Dixon, formerly the head of clinical affairs at Onduo and the president and CEO of Onduo Professionals (its provider staffing group), is expected to draw on his experience to help Remedy build out its virtual chronic care treatment services. “Dr. Dixon’s experience in developing...

Credit: Babylon Health

By Tammy Lovell 05:43 am June 10, 2020
London-based digital firm Babylon Health has admitted that a data breach occurred that allowed a patient to access recordings of another patient’s consultation via the GP at Hand app. The app, which has more than 2.3 million UK users, allows members to book medical appointments, access a triage chatbot and have consultations with NHS doctors via smartphone video call.  A Babylon spokesperson says...
By Dave Muoio 03:23 pm 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. WHAT THEY DO Higi's...

Credit: Babylon Health

By Piers Ford 07:35 am April 14, 2020
Two NHS hospitals in the Midlands are the first to sign up for Babylon’s COVID-19 Care Assistant app in an effort to give coronavirus patients 24/7 access to support and monitoring services, despite the pressure the pandemic is placing on staff levels. Between them, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS trust serve nearly 4.2 million people – 7.5% of England’s...
By Dave Muoio 01:53 pm December 18, 2019
Babylon Health is lining up strategic partners as it targets January 2020 for the US launch of its triage chatbot service, according to comments from the company’s US lead that were later confirmed to MobiHealthNews by a spokesperson. Kurt Blasena, Babylon’s senior managing director of commercial strategy and revenue growth, said that the London-based company has already secured two “very large”...
By Dave Muoio 03:38 pm April 18, 2019
Door closes on drug discovery. IBM is tapering off sales of its Watson for Drug Discovery product in favor of other healthcare offerings using the AI technology, STAT reported this morning. The decision was made in response to weak demand and purchases from customers. "We are focusing our resources within Watson Health to double down on the adjacent field of clinical development where we see an...

Above photo: Dr. Ali Parsa, Founder & CEO of Babylon Health. Credit: Babylon Health

By Dean Koh 02:16 am April 16, 2019
With the ambitious mission to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth, Babylon Health, an AI-powered smartphone app, was founded in January 2013 and launched to the public in April 2014. The company’s app, available on iOS and Android devices, allows users to book a video consultation with a doctor or a therapist, send photo or text messages to get...
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 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...

Babylon’s GP at Hand smartphone app.

By Tonya Stewart 12:08 pm 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...