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By Leontina Postelnicu 06:57 am August 15, 2019
German startup secures funding. Berlin-based digital health startup mika has landed a seven-figure financing deal from venture capital firm Ananda Impact Ventures and VC Fonds Technologie Berlin, managed by the IBB investment company. The exact sum was not disclosed to the media. The startup, founded in 2017 by Dr Gandolf Finke and Dr Jan Simon Raue, has developed an app to support cancer...
By Tammy Lovell 05:50 am May 14, 2019
Governments, industry and regulators worldwide are trying to make the pharmaceutical supply chain more bullet-proof and the use of blockchain based track and trace technology has been hailed as a possible solution. Blockchain is an electronic cryptographic ledger which creates an immutable record of all events throughout the supply chain, allowing digital information to be distributed without...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:38 am October 16, 2018
The Netherlands has announced that it will be taking part in an initiative launched by the European Commission in April to deliver cross-border access to genomic information, joining 17 other EU member states that have pledged their commitment to collaborate by signing the declaration to make one million sequenced genomes accessible in the EU by 2022.  The European Commission said the project...
By Leontina Postelnicu 09:13 am October 5, 2018
Cybersecurity: European Commission kicks off CyberSecMonth  The European Commission has started its annual campaign to raise awareness of cybersecurity threats and offer guidance for citizens and organisations, led by the EU’s Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the DG Connect and other partners.  The first week has focused on “basic cyber hygiene”, and the European Commission...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:15 am October 2, 2018
Croatia has become the latest EU member state to sign a declaration driving efforts to link up access to existing and future genomic databases across the EU and make at least one million sequenced genomes accessible by 2022, joining 16 other countries that have committed to collaborate.   Unveiled in April, the initiative, described as a "game changer for European health research and clinical...
By Jonah Comstock 02:05 pm June 2, 2016
A team of European researchers, supported by the European Commission and Siemens, is developing a smart walker that will bring sensor and tablet technology to bear helping improve mobility in older adults. The "FriWalk" (short for Friendly Robot Walker) includes cameras and sensors for detailed gait analysis, a heart rate sensor, and a tablet interface that can provide activity coaching and...
By Aditi Pai 11:39 am January 26, 2016
The European Commission has formed a working group that will create guidelines to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of health app data. The group’s first meeting will be in March. This initiative, the European Commission explained, is a follow up to a consultation announced in April 2014 that asked digital health companies and others for help in identifying ways to encourage and regulate...
By Jonah Comstock 08:35 am February 3, 2015
The Breathometer Mint, announced at CES. As mobile health continues to push more and more point of care diagnostics into the home, scientists are also finding new diagnostic modalities to spot diseases early. One of the hardest-to-believe is disease detection by smell, but it's proven effective in numerous studies published in the last few years. Early proofs of concept came out of studies...
By Brian Dolan 08:05 am April 10, 2014
This week the European Commission announced a consultation -- similar to a public notice from the FDA here in the US -- that asks digital health companies and others for help in identifying ways to encourage and regulate mobile health, which the Commission defines as "ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient...
By Brian Dolan 07:50 am December 11, 2013
Researchers at a university in Greece are coordinating a European Union funded project, called Splendid, that leverages sensors to record the eating habits and activity levels of children and young adults to nudge them into making healthier decisions. The study is aimed at curbing the obesity epidemic and initially includes 200 high school aged students in Sweden. Another group in Netherlands...