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By Leontina Postelnicu April 17, 2019
Innovators in the UK will be able to apply later this month for a share of £1.5m in funding through a competition that will be run by Innovate UK and the Office for Life Sciences to help SMEs build an evidence base for their medical devices, diagnostics and digital technologies. The aim is to support developers in their efforts to get their products commissioned within the health service. How it...
By Leontina Postelnicu April 15, 2019
London and Berlin-based startup Medbelle has raised €6m in Series A funding to speed up development of its “end-to-end” patient care platform. The round was led by signals Venture Capital, with participation from Talis Capital, Mutschler Ventures, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft and Cavalry Ventures, according to a statement.  Medbelle describes its offering as a “three-layered ‘digital hospital...
By Leontina Postelnicu April 12, 2019
The Newcastle Surgical Training Centre in England has started using Osso VR’s technology to help prepare surgeons for complicated procedures, marking the Palo Alto, California-based startup’s move into the European healthcare market. The centre, based at the Freeman Hospital, part of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, currently provides more than 275 training courses. The trust...

Sam Shah speaks on stage at MEDinIsrael in Tel Aviv earlier this month. Photo by Roy Habani.

By Jonah Comstock April 11, 2019
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has set its sights on digital innovation, announcing a digital-focused long-term plan in January of this year as well as rolling out a nationwide app. But that doesn’t mean innovation in the NHS is easy. At MEDinIsrael in Tel Aviv earlier this month, NHS Director of Digital Development Sam Shah laid out several barriers to innovation the system faces. “Our...
By Tammy Lovell April 3, 2019
Research at St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has found the use of WhatsApp in the NHS to be “a privacy and clinical safety timebomb”, according to a press announcement. A soon-to-be published study of 77 staff members in the trauma and orthopaedics department revealed that 87 percent of staff used smartphone apps to discuss patient cases at work, despite 56 percent not being...
By Leontina Postelnicu April 2, 2019
London-based Oxford Medical Simulation has announced that it is partnering with NHS England’s diabetes team to provide training for doctors using virtual reality. Dr Jack Pottle, NHS clinical entrepreneur, medical director and co-founder of OMS, told Babyforyou.net.ua that a pilot overseen by Health Education England Wessex is set to start this week at the Portsmouth and Southampton Hospitals....

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By Leontina Postelnicu April 1, 2019
Funding for digital health technology projects in the UK. Nine projects have been awarded a share of £9m through the Digital Health Technology Catalyst delivered by UK Research and Innovation. These include a consortium that will seek to develop re-usable open source applications for healthcare, led by open source software integrator OpusVL, and a Glasgow-based project coordinated by Red Star ...
By Dave Muoio March 26, 2019
A recent independent review of askmyGP, an online triage and telehealth consultation service deployed in the UK, suggests that patients seeking care online often behave similarly to those simply calling their practitioner’s office — particularly in terms of when during the day patients most often reach out to make an appointment. Despite this broader trend, feedback from patients using the...
Global digital exemplar
By Leontina Postelnicu March 7, 2019
Aiming to improve health and social care services, a new lab named LiverNerds is giving innovators a space to test new digital solutions. It brings together the work of an NHS trust through the flagship global digital exemplar programme and the city’s £3.5m 5G health and social care pilot, and last week, Babyforyou.net.ua went to visit Liverpool’s Life Sciences Accelerator for its launch. The lab, ...
telehealth
By Tammy Lovell March 5, 2019
Under reforms to the GP contract published in January, all patients will have the right to “digital-first” primary care, including web and video consultations by April 2021. But Dr Helen Atherton, who leads a digital health research group at Warwick Medical School, said the plans meant surgeries had to offer virtual consultations “even where they have decided this can’t be safely done with the...
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