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November 14, 2018
The team behind the development of the Streams mobile app will be joining Google, DeepMind Health has confirmed, nearly a week after it was announced that Geisinger CEO Dr David Feinberg was taking on a new role to chart the tech giant’s healthcare strategy. DeepMind, primarily a research organisation founded in London by Mustafa Suleyman, Demis Hassabis and Shane Legg in 2010, was bought by...

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November 14, 2018
Approximately 120 apps are currently being evaluated by NHS Digital and two external assessors against key standards to be added to an NHS resource of trusted digital health and care tools for patients, citizens, healthcare professionals, and commissioners. The NHS Apps Library currently includes 75 different apps and tools. The assessment process, which looks at clinical safety, accessibility,...
November 9, 2018
New guidance for NHS staff on using instant messaging services during emergencies. NHS England, NHS Digital, Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care have issued new guidance to help staff securely use instant messaging tools in acute clinical settings during emergency situations. NHS consultant anaesthetist Dr Helgi Johannsson set up a major incident instant messaging...
November 7, 2018
Researchers have called into question claims made by health tech company Babylon Health that its diagnostic and triage system performed better than doctors on a subset of the final exam for trainee GPs in the UK. Babylon said its technology had demonstrated the ability to provide health advice that was “on par with doctors” in June, publishing an internal study to back the claim. The company said...

UK Business Secretary Greg Clark; Credit: Chris J Ratcliffe/ Getty Images

November 6, 2018
Business Secretary Greg Clark has unveiled today the successful consortium groups that will create five new digital pathology and imaging centers leveraging AI to speed up disease diagnosis in the UK, bringing together representatives from academia, the charitable sector and industry. The network will be developed through a $65 million investment from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Data...
October 30, 2018
A Swedish digital health firm is launching its doctor-patient video app in the UK this week after signing two partnerships with NHS GP federations that will see it become available to patients registered with GP practices in North West Surrey and the North West of England - the NICS GP Federation and SSP Health. The Livi app, known as Kry in the Nordic markets, can be used by patients aged 16 and...

The new 'Tried and Tested' digital health tools library; Source: Our Mobile Health/ Parkinson's UK

October 29, 2018
Parkinson’s UK and Our Mobile Health have launched an apps and devices library to help people living with Parkinson’s manage their symptoms in response to increasing demand for trusted digital health tools. Following an independent assessment process, six apps reviewed against ten key attribute areas, including interoperability, patient safety, and regulation, have been approved so far. Recent...

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham earlier this year; Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/ Getty Images

October 17, 2018
The UK government has released today a new policy paper outlining Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock’s vision to transform the use of technology across health and care, setting out plans to introduce a set of national open standards that all IT systems purchased by the NHS will have to meet, while existing solutions will have to be upgraded. The Future of Healthcare document reiterates...
October 16, 2018
The Netherlands has announced that it will be taking part in an initiative launched by the European Commission in April to deliver cross-border access to genomic information, joining 17 other EU member states that have pledged their commitment to collaborate by signing the declaration to make one million sequenced genomes accessible in the EU by 2022.  The European Commission said the project...
October 15, 2018
NHS long term plan IT update. NHS leaders working on the long term plan for the health service have estimated that between £10.9bn and £12.9bn in IT spending over the next five years would be needed for the implementation of proposals across 15 workstreams, according to the Health Service Journal [paywall]. While the total sum is expected to fall during the next few weeks, sources told the...