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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...
By Jonah Comstock October 20, 2014
Although relatively few cases have been reported outside West Africa, Ebola is both a top headline and a public health concern in the Western world, with eight confirmed cases in the United States. Even in the UK, Ebola was a topic of discussion at a recent TechCrunch Disrupt Conference panel on digital health. "I think the question is no longer if, but it's when," Dominic King, a surgeon at...
By Jonah Comstock December 27, 2013
The Walk, a fitness app supported by the UK's National Health Service. Although mobile health is becoming a priority for the government of the United Kingdom, a new online survey of over 2,000 adults from law firm Pincent Masons and research firm YouGov suggests that knowledge of mobile health is not especially wide-reaching. Seventy-three percent of respondents couldn't define the term "...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2013
UK-based mobile operator O2, a subsidiary of Telefonica, has discontinued two of its mobile health offerings in the UK. By the end of 2013, the company will stop supporting consumer-facing emergency response service Help at Hand and provider-facing remote patient monitoring service Health at Home. MobiHealthNews reported on the launch of these two offerings just a few months ago, in mid-March,...
By Jonah Comstock June 28, 2013
London, UK-based Six to Start, the creators of runaway hit fitness game Zombies, Run! announced this week they are creating a new game that will use the same gamified, story-centric approach as Zombies, Run! but without the zombies -- or the running. Tentatively titled "The Walk," the game will be a spy thriller and it will be focused on getting people to move more and generally be more active....
By Brian Dolan March 10, 2010
UK carrier O2 has formed a mobile healthcare division: UK's mobile carrier O2 has appointed Keith Nurcombe, previously an executive at GlaxoSmithKline, to lead its new mobile healthcare division. More Mobile phones newest tool to battle AIDS: "I don't think in any of our African countries we will be able to wait [for health professionals], or ... have enough of those people," said Michel Sidibe,...