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By Leontina Postelnicu 05:57 am November 29, 2019
As pressures on healthcare systems intensify, an increasing number of consumers are turning to the use of symptom checkers in the search for fast answers – or guidance – to any concerns that they may have. But although these tools have become popular, questions around their accuracy, and not only, are plaguing the digital health space. Last week, at Slush, Ada Health cofounder and chief medical...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 05:10 am November 27, 2019
Espoo, Finland-based Popit, maker of a smart pill tracker, has revealed this month that it is teaming up with Swiss pharma giant Novartis in an initiative aiming to improve patients' adherence to medication. The announcement follows the startup's work with Pfizer to support patients receiving treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Last week, at Slush, MobiHealthNews sat down with Popit cofounder and...

Screenshots of My Nightingale app; Credit: Nightingale Health

By Leontina Postelnicu 11:43 am November 25, 2019
Finnish company Nightingale Health has launched a consumer blood testing service as part of what it calls a “health-creation system” initiative focusing on prediction and prevention of chronic disease. Not to be confused with Google’s Project Nightingale, the product tracks health indicators related to cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 diabetes. The company says it can estimate risk of disease...
By Laura Lovett 08:59 am September 2, 2019
Across the U.S. and Europe, the population is rapidly aging. In Finland this "silver tsunami" is particularly true.  Roughly 22% of the country’s population is over the age of 65, a figure only expected to grow over the next decade, according to Statistics Finland. Moreover, in about 50 years over a third of the population will be classified as a senior citizen.   In the nation’s capital, the...
By Leontina Postelnicu 08:20 am August 23, 2019
Israel-headquartered MDClone, maker of a Synthetic Data Engine for healthcare, has raised $26m (€23.5m) in a Series B funding round led by aMoon, a VC fund focused on health tech and life sciences, it was announced this week. Existing backers OrbiMed Israel Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners also participated in the raise. WHAT THEY DO According to MDClone, its engine examines original...
By Philipp Grätzel von Grätz 10:16 am June 18, 2019
Finland was among the first countries in Europe to systematically introduce electronic prescriptions in 2010. “By now, all prescriptions in Finland are electronic by law. Paper is only allowed in extraordinary situations like for example a blackout,” according to Dr Konstantin Hyppönen, Chief Architect of the Finnish Kanta Services. Most recent figures show that around 30 million digital...
By Laura Lovett 01:14 pm June 14, 2019
Perhaps it’s no surprise that the startup scene is thriving in a culture known for braving harsh conditions. And while the startup world isn’t quite a wintry Finnish blizzard, it is known to test its founders and employees’ fortitude. Within the last decade Finnish digital health startups such as Meru and Kaiku have emerged as up-and-coming players on the European health scene.  Both the private...
By Philipp Grätzel von Grätz 06:24 am June 12, 2019
In a recent survey by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, four out of ten Europeans said that a lack of trust towards service providers was preventing them from using some digital services. At the same time, nearly seven out ten European said it should be possible to identify digital services that use data in a fair way.   Surveys like these are among the reasons why a number of stakeholders...

From left to right: Wojciech Radomski, StethoMe CEO and cofounder, Dario Mazzella, META Group innovation expert, Friedrich Lämmel, Thryve CEO and cofounder

By Leontina Postelnicu 03:36 am June 12, 2019
Last week, Santosh Mohan, managing director of the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub, cautioned during an Enterprise Insights Series event in Boston that the digital health market was still in its “early days”, with many expectations unfulfilled as of yet. “I want to say we are not in an investment bubble. I think the digital health solutions have started to show value and we are moving beyond...

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By Jonah Comstock 02:21 pm April 18, 2019
Israel and Finland — two countries that have notably made digital health a focus of their economies — announced this week that they will work together to advance the field, starting with a Call for Proposals for joint projects between Finnish and Israeli companies. The pilot project is being led by Helsinki Business Hub and the Israeli Innovation Authority, which will offer funding and services...