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By Leontina Postelnicu 02:00 am September 20, 2019
London and San Francisco-based digital therapeutics company Big Health has tapped Sir Bruce Keogh, former medical director for NHS England, to join its Advisory Board in an effort to expand access to their products.  Sir Bruce stepped down after 10 years in the national role at the end of 2017 and took up a new position as chair of the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust....
By Laura Lovett 03:41 pm September 18, 2019
This morning Google announced that the health team at DeepMind, an artificial intelligence Alphabet subsidiary primarily focused on research, is joining Google Health.  “Under the leadership of Dr. David Feinberg, and alongside other teams at Google, we’ll now be able to tap into global expertise in areas like app development, data security, cloud storage and user-centered design to build...
By Leontina Postelnicu 10:53 am September 12, 2019
Fifteen startups providing solutions to help people with dementia or frailty and to improve the delivery of primary care and outpatient services, as well as prevention and public health, have been selected to take part in a new accelerator supported by the NHS and tech and pharma companies. Launched by Up Ventures, MediaCityUK, Health Innovation Manchester, the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust...

Closed Loop Medicine cofounders (from left to right): Dr Paul Goldsmith, Dr Hakim Yadi, Dr Felicity Sartain, Dr David Cox

By Leontina Postelnicu 05:49 am August 30, 2019
In recent years, it has become clear that the growing availability of health data and advances in genetics and technology are starting to support a shift away from the “one-size-fits-all” model for treating a condition, as we learn more about the impact of tailored medical interventions.  Let’s take one example. An area where new approaches will increasingly enable care to be managed according to...
By Leontina Postelnicu 11:16 am August 19, 2019
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on social media companies to take action against the spread of misleading claims about vaccines as figures show more than 230 cases of measles were reported in the UK in the first three months of the year. Measles can be prevented by having the MMR vaccine, given in two doses through the NHS childhood vaccination programme, but the UK has seen a decrease in...
By Leontina Postelnicu 10:00 am August 16, 2019
People aged between 40 and 74 in England could be offered “intelligent, predictive” health checks that take into account their age, lifestyle and risk factors in a review of the NHS Health Check programme announced by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock today. WHAT HAPPENED At the moment, the NHS Health Check service is based on a consultation where a health professional asks people...
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 Cara Dartnell-Steinberg 05:25 am August 14, 2019
People at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes will receive digital support through a scheme that aims to prevent the condition from developing in England, part of the NHS Long Term Plan released at the beginning of the year. WHAT HAPPENED With the decision to extend this programme, 40,000 places on the Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) will be delivered digitally. The first patients to benefit...
By Leontina Postelnicu 05:13 am August 13, 2019
Nearly two million NHS patients in England will have access to LIVI’s digital services after the Swedish startup inked new partnerships with local GP federations. LIVI’s app first became available to patients registered with GP practices in north west Surrey and the north west of England last year. Now, it will expand to Birmingham, Shropshire, Northamptonshire and the southeast, as well as...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:09 am August 8, 2019
NHSX, the new unit for digital, data and technology, and the Accelerated Access Collaborative, the umbrella organisation for UK health innovation, are setting up a national AI lab in what is seen as the latest effort to move the NHS into the digital age. WHAT HAPPENED Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock unveiled the plans this week, with the new lab set to be supported by a £250m fund...