Europe/UK news

By Jonah Comstock October 16, 2018
Netanya, Isreal telemedicine outfit Tyto Care, which specializes in incorporating connected devices into telemedicine encounters, has secured a CE Mark, allowing it to expand its offerings into Europe. Tyto Care’s offering includes a suite of connected devices designed to give remote doctors every tool that would be available in an in-person visit: a connected otoscope, stethoscope, basal...
By Leontina Postelnicu October 16, 2018
The Netherlands has announced that it will be taking part in an initiative launched by the European Commission in April this year to deliver cross-border access to genomic information, joining 17 other EU member states that have pledged their commitment to collaborate and make one million sequenced genomes accessible in the EU by 2022.  The European Commission said the project would enable...
By Leontina Postelnicu 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...
By Leontina Postelnicu October 12, 2018
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it is backing the implementation of Ireland’s eHealth programme with a €225m loan to help drive improvements in the delivery of healthcare services during the next ten years. After providing more than €14bn for health investment in Europe in the past decade, this is the first eHealth project that the EIB is supporting, according to Vice...
By Leontina Postelnicu October 12, 2018
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has estimated that the WannaCry attack cost the NHS £92m in "lost output of patient care" and additional IT support provided to organisations affected during and in the aftermath of the incident. The May 2017 cyber attack disrupted operations at approximately one-third of hospital trusts and around eight percent of GP practices, with 19,000...

Great Ormond Street Hospital in London entrance; credit: Wael Alreweie/ Shutterstock.com

By Leontina Postelnicu October 11, 2018
London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is looking to become a “research and innovation exemplar for the wider NHS and internationally” with the launch of a centre called DRIVE – Digital, Research, Informatics and Virtual Environments - to help leverage the use of technology to improve patient outcomes. Launched through a partnership with University College London, NHS Digital and leading...

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By Leontina Postelnicu October 10, 2018
Berlin-headquartered Ada is launching a Global Health Initiative, with its AI-powered app set to feature new Swahili and Romanian language integrations that will initially be deployed in East Africa and Romania through a partnership with Fondation Botnar to improve the health and wellbeing of families and children with limited access to healthcare.  One of the world's fastest growing health apps...

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By Leontina Postelnicu October 10, 2018
NHS Digital launches mental health data hub. NHS Digital has created a mental health data hub to give healthcare workers, patients, charities and others easier access to national mental health statistics, with its launch coinciding with World Mental Health Day. The new online tool provides links to additional sources of mental health data from other organisations, building on NHS Digital's GP...

Dr. Wei Fan, head of Tencent's Medical AI Lab, and Dan Vahdat, CEO and founder of Medopad

By Leontina Postelnicu October 8, 2018
Medopad is teaming up with Chinese tech mammoth Tencent and the Parkinson's Centre of Excellence at King's College Hospital in London to develop advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) to speed up diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The research and development project follows an announcement made in February after Medopad, whose efforts range from remote monitoring apps to data-driven analytics, ...
Doctor reviewing medical records on a tablet with a patient
By Leontina Postelnicu October 5, 2018
More than four months have passed since the European Union began enforcing its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But nearly one-fifth of organizations aren't confident they could pass their first GDPR audit, according to a recent survey from cybersecurity company Imperva. Compliance continues to be a point of concern, especially with the recent fine from the UK Information Commissioner's...

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