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By Cara Dartnell-Steinberg July 16, 2019
VitalityHealth and Doctify's new website. Health insurer VitalityHealth has partnered with Doctify, a leading online review and booking platform for medical consultants. They have developed ‘Vitality Specialist Finder’, a website where members can refine their search for doctors by speciality, rating and location, leave reviews and book appointments 24 hours a day. Dr Ali Hasan, clinical...
By Leontina Postelnicu July 10, 2019
After the formal launch of NHSX, a new unit for digital, data and technology, the department of health and social care in England has announced that the NHS is working with Amazon to make verified health information available through the AI-powered voice assistant Alexa. Amazon’s algorithms will use information from the NHS.UK resource to give people answers to questions about common illnesses,...
By Leontina Postelnicu July 9, 2019
DigitalHealth.London has launched a call for early stage companies looking to raise between £250,000 and £5m, in collaboration with MedCity and investment management and advisory firm RYSE. It follows an earlier programme that saw 300 startups submit their applications, with Skin Analytics and LifeSmart raising £1.6m and £1.25m, respectively, in funding from RYSE and other investors. “In the last...
By Cara Dartnell-Steinberg July 1, 2019
Furthering their vision of delivering the most effective patient care, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Dr Tom Lawton as the new head of clinical AI. This is the first role of its kind in an NHS trust, although nearly half are investing in innovative AI technology for patient services.  WHY IT MATTERS Lawton, a consultant in critical care and anaesthesia, is familiar...

Dr Sunita Sharma (on the far left) looking at the digital postnatal discharge system displayed on a screen; Credit: Lumeon

By Leontina Postelnicu June 21, 2019
All jobs in the NHS will require “some element of digital skills” within the next two decades, the Topol Review published earlier this year cautioned.  And while it is well-known that bringing innovation into a system as complex as the NHS is tough, many argue that is now starting to change. According to Dr Sunita Sharma, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Chelsea and Westminster...
By Leontina Postelnicu June 20, 2019
Funding news. Berlin-based digital health company Cara Care has secured $7m (€6.2m) in Series A funding in a round led by Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Asabys Partners. Existing investors Atlantic Labs also participated, bringing the total amount raised to over $9m (€8m). Cara Care was founded by André Sommer and Jesaja Brinkmann in 2016, and it has developed a mobile app aiming to help...

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By Leontina Postelnicu May 24, 2019
NHS Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published this week the independent evaluation of the Babylon GP at Hand service, undertaken by Ipsos Mori and the York Health Economics Consortium to understand the impact of the digital-first model on patients and staff, as well as the wider system. It follows the release of the Care Quality Commission’s report that saw GP at...
By Leontina Postelnicu May 23, 2019
Innovation and tech company Satellite Applications Catapult and the NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) announced this week that they have agreed a formal partnership that looks at leveraging the potential of satellite technology in the digital transformation of healthcare. Oxfordshire-based Satellite Applications Catapult, which was established by Innovate UK in...
By Leontina Postelnicu May 20, 2019
Co-op returns to the health sector. After acquiring health tech startup Dimec last year, the UK’s Co-op has unveiled a digital pharmacy offering, the first in a series of initiatives expected to be launched by its new Health business.  The app reportedly links patients to their GP surgeries and allows them to order medication that is then dispensed from their distribution centre in Lea Green,...
By Victoria Betton May 13, 2019
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13 until 19 May and the theme this year is body image – how we think and feel about our bodies, based on research undertaken by the foundation. The MHF research shows that just over one in five adults (22%) and 40% of teenagers worry about their body image as a result of social media. Another piece of...