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By Leontina Postelnicu May 13, 2019
The Duke of Cambridge unveiled last week the launch of text messaging helpline Shout in the UK, a digital mental health service aiming to provide help for people in moments of crisis. Shout is part of a series of initiatives supported and launched by the royal family in recent years to break the stigma around mental health conversations, following the Heads Together campaign. The service is...

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By Tammy Lovell May 7, 2019
Life sciences giant Bayer has joined forces with clinical AI technology company Sensyne Health to help develop a national linked patient data capability. The German firm has signed a memorandum of understanding to be the preferred pharmaceutical partner in a consortium, which includes Microsoft, EY, JP Morgan, and Peel Hunt. The consortium aims to accelerate the discovery and development of new...

Prototypes of inkjet-printed sensors under development; Credit: Anglia Ruskin University/ Professor Ala'aldeen Al-Halhouli

By Leontina Postelnicu May 1, 2019
Researchers from the German Jordanian University and the Anglia Ruskin University in the UK are developing a respiratory rate wearable sensor for infants to enable quicker and more accurate identification of conditions in areas with limited access to health care services. Professor Dingchang Zheng from the Anglia Ruskin University and Professor Ala’aldeen Al-Halhouli from the German Jordanian...
By Laura Lovett May 2, 2018
Editor's note: This story has been updated with comments from Cera. London-based homecare company Cera announced that it has raked in $17 million in Series A funding with investors including Guinness Asset Administration, Yabeo, and Kairos.  The web-based platform was set up to help elderly people find care and support in their community. Its services include elderly care, palliative care,...
By Jonah Comstock April 25, 2017
UK-based health chatbot company babylon, which raised $25 million in early 2016, has raised an additional $60 million in funding. While the company didn't disclose the investors, TechCrunch and Financial Times report that the round included Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire business family, NNS holdings, Vostok New Ventures, and existing backers Kinnevik. They are also reporting that the company's...
By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2016
The UK’s unexpected referendum vote to leave the EU last week likely won’t take effect for another two years at least, but the potential consequences of the decision are already generating discussions in every industry, and digital health is no exception. Today the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), a Belfast, Northern Ireland-based nonprofit collaborative with a mission to “...
By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2015
A couple of new reports from across the pond illustrate the ways doctors and patients are thinking about digital health in England, as well as in France and Germany. A new report from PushDoctor, a UK telemedicine company, shows that 58 percent of the 1,013 UK citizens surveyed have used some kind of health or wellness technology. And a report from healthcare marketing group Ipsos Health shows...
By Jonah Comstock May 5, 2015
The Mersey Burns app is mentioned by name in the RCP guidelines. The Royal College of Physicians of London, the professional organization that sets the standards of medical training in the UK, has published a set of guidelines about how doctors there should use medical apps. The two-page guidance document places a heavy emphasis on the CE Mark, but also places the onus on doctors to use their...
By Jonah Comstock December 2, 2014
Google-backed 23andMe is finally relaunching its mail-order personal genome service -- just not in the United States. Instead, the company is launching in England, which has a different regulatory framework than the United States. "These products are considered to be in the lowest risk category and so there is no requirement for any premarket assessment," a spokesperson for the Medications and...
By Jonah Comstock October 22, 2014
A new report from Kantar Media estimates that the value of the health and fitness wearable technology market in Great Britain is between £225 million and £375 million, or $360 million to $601 million. They estimate 13.1 million British people will be using health and fitness wearables by 2015, more than double the 6.7 million people (or about 10 percent of the country) tracking metrics like steps...