In less than two years, there has been significant growth and development within the field of mobile health across the continent of Europe and mHealth’s potential for improving the health and well-being of patients is now undoubtedly tangible.
This is why the European Commission recently launched its mHealth technology consultation with plans to have a policy in place by 2015. This includes any mobile health technologies and applications that will be utilized through mobile phones, tablets, wireless devices, and even desktop computers. This could also include monitoring devices with wireless capabilities.
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Q1 2014 brought with it a new record in digital health venture funding.
According to the latest data from Rock Health, not only did January set a record month in both deals and dollars, the first quarter of 2014 set an all-time record for digital health funding in a single quarter.
“Nearly $700M in funding poured into the space, paving the way for the biggest year ever for the industry,” the report summary reads. “Q1 2014 experienced a mind blowing 87% year-over-year growth versus Q1 2013.”
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The future of health and science is coming into focus across the pond.
On Wednesday, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, launched a major new initiative backed by some of the UK’s senior academics and business people that will transform the London-Oxford-Cambridge life sciences sector into a world beating “power-cluster.”
Through MedCity, the mayor says, the life sciences sector in the South East will come to match the crucial position of financial services in the UK’s national economy.
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A new solution from Screen the Doc is generating substantial buzz today. This latest online tool for patients and physicians has left some healthcare officials saying it “could change how hospitals and private practices reach prospective patients.”
The new recruitment and relations platform allows medical facilities to showcase physicians’ bedside manners through micro websites called Virtual Patient Centers.
Each Virtual Patient Center uses communication techniques popular on today’s social networks,” the company says. “These features include character videos, Q and A sections, photo reels, blogs, video tips, etc.”
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Cytox Ltd, a United Kingdom-based developer of assays for risk assessment and prediction of dementia, is finding enormous success with raising funds for its latest inspiring endeavor.
“We started an extensive evaluation program for our mTOR pathway biomarker technology last month,” says Dr. Richard Pither, CEO of Cytox. “This new money will allow us to extend the clinical research program and more rapidly access potentially valuable utility claims.”
Dr. Pither explained further that, “With two clinical programs in both the European Union and North America, state of the art laboratory capabilities in Manchester UK and a partnership with a US-based laboratory, Selah Genomics, Cytox has progressed its plans rapidly in 2014.”
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It was no April Fool’s Day prank when the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced on April 1st that technology has made a world of difference in the efficiency with which the organization now operates.
One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims “peaked” at over 611,000 in March 2013, the VA has reduced that number by approximately 44 percent to 344,000 claims.
At the same time, the CA confirmed this week, they improved the accuracy of the decisions being made on Veterans’ disability claims.
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Mobile technologies designed to help smokers get the monkey off their backs are getting smarter with each passing year, particularly in the era of e-Cigarettes.
Exemplifying this reality is Smokio, a company aiming to revolutionize the e-Cigarette industry.
Launching the world’s first smart, connected e-Cigarette, this device serves up wireless smartphone synchronization and “in-depth information about a user’s consumption.” That means it captures every puff, tracking health improvements and even calculating how much money using Smokio has saved smokers so far.
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