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Helsinki health and wellbeing programme
By Leontina Postelnicu February 15, 2019
Business Finland is setting up a four-year programme to support the country’s companies and research organisations create novel services for health and wellbeing and expand internationally, offering a total of €80m-€100m in funding for research, development and innovation projects. It is the agency’s second initiative in this space, following a programme that aims to create new opportunities for...
Doctor using technology
By Leontina Postelnicu February 14, 2019
New research published in the BMJ this week has shown that access to online decision support and feedback for UK GPs led to a decrease in the number of unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory illness by 12 percent. A team from the School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences at King’s College London carried out the year-long trial, funded by National Institute for Health...
Babylon Rwanda, healthcare apps

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By Laura Lovett February 13, 2019
Digital health has been making care more accessible and cost effective in the past couple of years, particularly in central and east African countries. The most recent issue of the HIMSS Insights eBook, released this week during the HIMSS19 conference taking place in Orlando, looks at innovators addressing the challenges and the needs of the region with the advent of digital health technologies...
Doctor talking to patient
By Piers Ford February 13, 2019
Mendelian, a UK healthtech startup, has received a £500,000 grant from Innovate UK to build platforms that will help GPs to identify NHS patients with potentially rare or hard-to-diagnose conditions and diseases more quickly. The two-year £940,000 project is based on Mendelian’s specialised screening system, which provides augmented and automated data analysis to assist with the accurate...
By Leontina Postelnicu February 11, 2019
NHS Digital is launching a pilot to build the process that will enable partner services to connect to NHS login, providing a single way for patients in England to verify their identity and then use the login to access digital health and care services. Patients will need to set up the NHS login - username and password - by using an email address and a mobile phone, according to NHS Digital, and...
By Leontina Postelnicu February 8, 2019
Instagram vows to remove self-harm content amid public outcry in the UK. Instagram boss Adam Mosseri said in an interview with the BBC this week that graphic self-harm images would be removed from the social network, after the family of a teenager that took her own life found distressing material about suicide and self-harm when looking into her Instagram account. “That’s gonna take some time,...
By Tammy Lovell February 7, 2019
The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) has reassured its members that a UK product safety mark to replace the CE mark in the event of a no-deal Brexit will not apply to medical devices. In the UK, all medical devices are subject to EU legislation, which requires manufacturers to place CE marks on their products to show compliance to applicable standards. Earlier this week, the...
By Jonah Comstock February 6, 2019
Big Health, the London and San Francisco-based digital health app company behind CBT-based sleep app Sleepio, has released its second app, Daylight, which is focused on combating worry and anxiety. Like Sleepio, the app is based on cognitive behavioral therapy. It was developed by a group of creatives the company describes as "leading podcast producers, filmmakers, designers and animators,...
By Leontina Postelnicu February 6, 2019
Edinburgh-headquartered Current Health, formerly known as snap40, has received FDA Class II clearance for its remote patient monitoring solution, the Scottish start-up announced today. Current's AI-enabled wearable monitors vital signs with “ICU-level accuracy”, according to the start-up, and proprietary algorithms analyse data to offer insights into a patient’s health, alerting staff in case...
By Leontina Postelnicu February 6, 2019
When research published in EPJ Data Science journal found that machine learning could help detect signs of depression by examining Instagram posts of study participants, it made international news. Questions surrounding health, privacy and ethics started popping up around the world. In Europe, futurist, author, researcher and founding CEO of Healthskouts Koen Kas has continuously tackled these...

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