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By Sophie Porter 04:22 am March 30, 2020
LIVI, the UK branch of Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider KRY, has launched a free web-based platform that will enable healthcare professionals to connect with patients via video consultations. LIVI Connect - which operates as Care Connect by KRY elsewhere in Europe - is available to all practicing medical professionals free of charge, regardless of whether they already have a LIVI...
By Sophie Porter 02:48 am March 27, 2020
Public Health England (PHE) informed the UK government that (25 March) home-testing kits that identify whether a person has ever been infected with COVID-19 could soon be available to order online and from chemists,. The simple finger-prick test should take no more than 15 minutes and will see members of the public extract blood from home and send their sample off for evaluation. It will not test...
By Leontina Postelnicu 09:17 am March 16, 2020
British company Doctor Care Anywhere (DCA) is introducing a free training programme to support GPs in carrying out remote consultations as the NHS continues to see rising demand for services in the coronavirus crisis. As of the morning of 16 March, there were around 1,540 confirmed cases in the UK, with more than 44,000 people tested, and 35 deaths. Globally, according to the latest situation...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:32 am March 4, 2020
The health service in England has launched a new NHS 111 online tool to help those wanting to get quick advice about the new coronavirus after it saw a surge in the number of queries received about the outbreak. Since its launch last Wednesday, more than 70,000 people have reportedly turned to the service to find out more information and get help, with over 35,000 accessing it in one day over the...
By Leontina Postelnicu 03:56 am February 24, 2020
The NHS in England has announced that it is piloting home testing for coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK went up to 13 on Sunday (23 February). Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director for coronavirus, said this would help limit the spread of the infection. But those concerned are advised to contact NHS 111 and the public cautioned to follow public...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 06:04 am February 21, 2020
After partnering with LIVI and launching the Reboot Quiz, Boots UK has announced that it is piloting the Doctor Care Anywhere (DCA) ePrescription service in 20 stores across central London. Its introduction means that patients will be able to have their prescriptions sent electronically to a Boots pharmacy “within moments” of their consultation. DCA, which is registered with the Care Quality...

Left to right: Barnaby Perks, CEO of Oxford VR, and Ash Patel, Optum Ventures principal; Credit: Oxford VR

By Leontina Postelnicu 10:01 am February 12, 2020
British firm Oxford VR has secured £10 million in a Series A funding round led by Optum Ventures, with support from Luminous Ventures. Existing backers Oxford Sciences Innovation, Oxford University Innovation and GT Healthcare Capital Partners also participated. WHAT THEY DO Oxford VR, a spinout from the department of psychiatry at the University of Oxford, was founded in 2017. It builds on two...

Jennifer Goldsack speaks at the Patient Saftey in a Digital World symposium on Tuesday. Photo credit: FIDHS 

By Laura Lovett 03:32 pm January 29, 2020
Patient safety is an age-old concern in the healthcare industry. However, as the latest tech-enabled tools begin to emerge in medicine, new questions around patient safety begin to arise as well.   “When we think about the use of these tools in healthcare, we think about what is the same and what is different [from traditional care],” Jennifer Goldsack, executive director of the Digital Medicine...

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By Laura Lovett 03:47 pm January 2, 2020
Google’s artificial intelligence proved more accurate in identifying breast cancer from mammograms than doctors, according to a study published in Nature yesterday. The initial results of Google’s AI for breast cancer screening, found that the system was able to reduce the number of both false positives and false negatives in breast cancer detection. The study was born out of a collaboration...
By Tammy Lovell 01:50 am December 24, 2019
Internet-enabled cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) provider, Ieso Digital Health is providing a new online therapy service to NHS patients with mild to moderate mental health conditions. After officially launching its low intensity ‘step two’ CBT service in September, it rolled out a beta trial across a number of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Patients receive treatment remotely via...