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SPECIAL OFFER on our New Premium Membership Service

SPECIAL OFFER on our New Premium Membership Service

If you purchase the premium annual membership before October 31st 2020 it will cost £110 instead of £150. Likewise, the monthly membership will cost £10 a month instead of £15. Find out more here.

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Uses of Telehealth during COVID'19

Uses of Telehealth during COVID'19

Uses of Telehealth during COVID'19 The COVID'19 pandemic has made telehealth an essential tool in the fight against the virus. In the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (CPRSA), the importance of telehealth during COVD'19 is further stressed by easing some of the regulations around it. This was accomplished by adding 80 additional services under the umbrella of telehealth. COVID'19 has caused the use of telehealth to go up from 11% to 49% in just one year. Healthcare providers have reported receiving around 50 times more patients through telehealth sessions than they did before the pandemic. While the search for the vaccine continues, it is likely that the prevalence of telehealth will keep increasing for the next few years. The shift towards telehealth has accelerated, thanks to the convenience of platforms such as SmartClinix, and its accessibility for people who cannot afford to leave their houses amidst the pandemic. SmartClinix focuses on providing a complete clinical visit experience, not just the audio and visual aspects of it. Following are a few of the ways telehealth is being used during COVID'19: Online consultations with COVID’19 patients Frontline workers, such as doctors and other medical health employees, are at an increased risk of getting infected with the virus. Telehealth allows these professionals to monitor the symptoms of patients from a distance. This plays a huge part in avoiding the further spread of the virus. If these patients were to visit the doctor for in-person sessions, they would risk infecting other people on their way. [1] Caring for high-risk patients with diseases other than COVID’19 Patients who would be at high risk in case they get COVID'19, such as those suffering from pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, should take particular care when maintaining social distancing. Telehealth allows all such patients to safely consult their doctors in a completely remote and private manner. SmartClinix allows seamless, high-quality video communication between both parties with the option of accessing all previous records of the patient from the telemedicine EMR and patient management portal. Scheduling tests SmartClinix has made ordering lab tests for doctors very convenient. SmartClinix speeds up the process significantly. The earlier the public gets their COVID'19 test results through the patient portal, the faster they are in taking the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of the virus. Without such an option, getting test results could take up to several days, during which the COVID'19 patients could unknowingly be spreading the virus further. Educating the masses Telehealth helps in spreading news regarding the virus at a much faster pace. There are thousands of blogs from credible sources that contain everything you need to know about COVID'19. From the symptoms to the necessary courses of action, alerts can be enabled on devices that allow you to keep yourself updated regarding any new SOPs or virus hot-spots. Apps for recording symptoms Several apps are available online that allow patients of COVID'19 to record their symptoms before they consult their doctors. These apps help medical health professionals better understand the severity and progression of the virus in the patient, allowing them to treat them accordingly in a more efficient manner Online pharmacies These pharmacies allow customers to place their orders of medical supplies right from the comfort of their homes. Such services reduce the need for physical pharmacies and allow the public to practice SOPs. In case of an emergency, online pharmacies can be particularly convenient, with a lot of them offering same-day deliveries to their customers. Reaching low-access patients SmartClinix believes that quality healthcare is the right of every American. Telehealth services have the potential to significantly increase access to healthcare for rural and low-income areas in the country. By partnering with Pioneer Medical Foundation, SmartClinix works tirelessly in providing its free services to the refugee, uninsured, underinsured, and homeless population of the country. All patients of Pioneer Medical Foundation need to do is access the website and begin their journey to quality healthcare with SmartClinix. Devices for monitoring vitals Technology enables patients to use devices that directly transmit the results to their doctors without requiring the patient to read or interpret the result. Direct transmission of the readings reduces the chances of recording incorrect ones when the patient uses the device to measure lung health or blood pressure. With more and more patients embracing technology, it is evident that telemedicine is here to stay even after the end of the pandemic. As patients demonstrate increasing levels of comfort with using technology, the number of people opting for telemedicine in place of traditional in-person consultations has reached unprecedented levels.

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COVID-19 and UK Tech SMEs: Overcoming cashflow issues

COVID-19 and UK Tech SMEs: Overcoming cashflow issues

Cashflow, the net amount of money coming into and out of a business, is an essential sign in establishing the health of many organisations. This is particularly true of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which typically lack the cash reserves of larger companies. Instead, they rely on predictable monthly turnover to ensure operations run smoothly. By extension, cashflow issues can be extremely serious for smaller businesses that have little buffer to account for a sudden drop in incoming cash, or indeed a sudden rise in expenditure. However, the coronavirus pandemic has had – and is continuing to have – a damaging effect on the UK’s private sector, with businesses of all sizes and sectors facing significant challenges. And cashflow issues have been chief among these. From market uncertainty and stockpiling supplies to supply chain disruption and operational upheaval, COVID-19 has triggered numerous problems for business leaders needing to keep a firm grasp on their cashflow. So, looking to the UK tech sector, how have early stage businesses fared during this difficult period? And, more importantly, what can these companies do if they are facing cashflow issues?

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Join the 2nd edition of #BHHSummit!

Join the 2nd edition of #BHHSummit!

#BHHSummit 2020 goes virtual and will be held on 29th October 2020 as an hybrid event! It will include keynote presentations, panel discussions, startup showcases, an investor pitch competition, virtual booths, virtual business meetings and networking to foster synergies and…

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KidsX brings together top children’s hospitals and health startups to create digital solutions that will transform pediatric care for children and their families

KidsX brings together top children’s hospitals and health startups to create digital solutions that will transform pediatric care for children and their families

KidsX, an international consortium of pediatric hospitals focused on improving digital health innovation through collaboration, has launched its Accelerator. Committed to solving the most pressing problems in pediatric care delivery, KidsX facilitates relationships between leading children’s hospitals and entrepreneurial innovators…

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Join us on Tuesday, 29th September - Parkinson's Concierge and Barry Shrier

Parkinson's Concierge and Bary Shrier - founder of GIANT Health are meeting for a chat to talk about this year's virtual event. Click here for more information about the conference track.  

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Five years ago the word “femtech” didn’t even exist

Five years ago the word “femtech” didn’t even exist

Today femtech — female-focused technology startups designed to support women’s health — is a major investment category. Here are Europe's top femtech startups to watch in 2020:     Female Fertility: Clue Ava Natural Cycles Inne Grace Health     …

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The People Behind the Products: Dr. Claire Novorol and Ada Health

The People Behind the Products: Dr. Claire Novorol and Ada Health

The People Behind the Products: Dr. Claire Novorol and Ada Health This week our Editor, Nakai Jirira, had the pleasure of "sitting down" with Dr. Claire Novorol from Ada Health. We are super excited to share with you some of her insights on Ada, healthcare innovation and their Global Health Initiative. ▶️Click here to listen to what Dr. Claire Novorol had to say about Ada. Nakai: What do you think is the key problem that Ada Health has been trying to solve since the company was founded and do you think that has evolved? Dr. Novorol: We founded Ada Health in 2011 and from the very beginning, we’ve been focused on combining global medical knowledge with a unique AI approach in order to improve health outcomes. As we look to create new possibilities for the future of personal health, we’re constantly evolving and enhancing Ada’s offering and pioneering innovative solutions for tomorrow. Ada’s AI-powered health platform was originally designed as a specialist tool to support clinicians in the diagnostic process. However we realised that to have the biggest impact possible on outcomes, we needed to put this technology into the hands of users. Therefore, in 2016, we launched our consumer facing app, allowing anyone with a smartphone to access high quality, personalized health information and guidance, anytime, anywhere, for free. Ada has grown and evolved a lot over the past nine years, but we remain committed to the same core purpose: improving human health by transforming knowledge into better outcomes. Through our personalized health assessment app, we’re empowering individuals to proactively manage their health. And through our collaborations and partnerships, we’re supporting clinicians and health organizations with high quality clinical assessments and care navigation, helping to reduce unnecessary care, speeding up time to diagnosis and helping health systems, payers and providers save money and resources. We are committed to working with both individuals and healthcare organizations to tackle the global health challenges of today and tomorrow, and improving health outcomes for all. What do you think is the best thing about your product? The best thing about Ada is our commitment to medical quality. Ada was originally built by doctors, for doctors, so ensuring the highest possible medical quality has always been our number one priority. Our team of medical professionals ensures that our medical knowledge base offers the most comprehensive condition coverage, and we’re continually improving Ada’s technology to ensure that we offer best-in-class, industry-leading clinical accuracy. As a result of this commitment, preliminary results from a number of studies indicate that Ada is likely to be the most accurate and comprehensive symptom assessment available on the market. But what really makes Ada special is that our commitment to medical quality goes beyond our own offering. We want to ensure the highest medical standards across the entire sector, not just for our users. That’s why we’re constantly collaborating with organizations across the industry to drive forward industry research and encourage independent assessment and evaluation. For example, Ada is the topic driver for benchmarking AI-based symptom checkers within AI4H, a new global initiative from the World Health Organization, committed to establishing globally consistent standards for AI in healthcare. How, if at all, have you tried to connect with those that use your product? Communication and collaboration are critically important in healthcare and they are a key part of our focus at Ada. For consumers, we wanted to ensure that Ada was easy to download and use, so we spent a lot of time on designing a UI that users would love. In order to reach as many people as possible, we’ve made Ada available in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swahili and Romanian - languages spoken by approximately 2.86 billion people around the world. We also partner with health providers, governments and other organizations to bring Ada to their users and communities. By collaborating with local partners around the world, we’re able to connect with potential users at a deeper level, and can ensure that Ada is tailored to each and every community it serves for the greatest possible impact. We think it’s really important to listen to what our users are saying, which is why we take user feedback incredibly seriously, and are constantly looking to improve the experience for our global user base of over 10 million. We also continuously conduct user research and work closely with the medical community and industry partners to iteratively improve Ada’s user experience, for example by optimising flow, improving intuitiveness and adding natural language processing. This has helped us build, and continuously refine, an award-winning user experience for Ada users around the world. Ada is empowering users to become active members of their care team; how we connect, and communicate, with our community in this process is fundamental to its success. What do you think the future looks like for Ada Health and Health Tech innovation in general and how does it make you feel? The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the healthcare and healthtech industries. We’ve seen increased collaboration as companies around the world have come together to combat the pandemic, and the rate of adoption of new technologies has drastically accelerated with innovative technologies providing vital support for individuals and health systems across all aspects of care. It’s an important shift. People have recognised the value that digital health solutions can bring for some time, but the pandemic has encouraged them to enact real change at scale. Looking ahead, I expect to see this continue, with digital health solutions firmly cementing themselves in our everyday lives. That said, we need to ensure the industry is able to mature alongside this accelerated growth, making sure we are thorough about addressing core issues, such as regulation, data privacy, quality assurance, interoperability, integration and more. If we get it right, the benefits of this change will be considerable, from easing the immense pressure being put on health systems to better informing and empowering users. As someone with first-hand experience of the pressures of being a frontline health worker, this is a really exciting prospect. I’m optimistic that the future for healthcare and healthtech will be more collaborative and impact focused, with tech companies, care providers, policymakers and insurers working together to improve patient outcomes and support health systems in the delivery of value-based, patient-centric care. What do you think is the biggest challenge in healthcare at a global level? Globally, four billion people around the world lack access to basic health services and, due to population growth, the global shortfall in health workers is expected to be over 12.9 million by 2035. Digital solutions like Ada can play a huge role in tackling this professional resource gap and widespread clinical shortages. By directing individuals to the right care in the first instance, we can support health professionals and improve both efficiency and access, at scale. That’s why, in 2019, we launched The Ada Global Health Initiative, a series of major projects dedicated to using AI to improve the availability and delivery of healthcare in underserved populations worldwide. To achieve our goal, we partner with like-minded organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Fondation Botnar and the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. Last year, we launched Ada in Swahili and Romanian, making it the world’s first AI health guidance app to be localised for both languages and regions. The Swahili version of the app is opening up access to healthcare and guidance for over 100 million Swahili speakers across East and Sub-Saharan Africa - an area that is disproportionately affected by the global shortage in health workers, with only one physician per 1,000 people on average. Language barriers are also a key part of the issue when it comes to healthcare access, which is why we’re also currently working on launching Ada in Simplified English. There’s still a great deal to be done to address today’s global health crisis, and we’re committed to collaborating with organizations around the world to tackle this challenge together and ensure anyone, anywhere, has access to the healthcare they need. What has been the most exciting thing for your and the team at Ada? It’s always exciting to be at the forefront of something truly transformative, and feel the impact that Ada has on a daily basis. Every new user, partnership or research paper takes us one step closer to our goal, and the team is continually working on some amazingly innovative projects. That said, this year Ada was named a 2020 Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, which was an incredible moment for the team. It’s great to see health tech innovations like Ada receive this recognition, and we’re excited to continue our work with organizations around the world to unlock new possibilities for personal health and improve outcomes. To learn more about Ada please email partnerships@ada.com or visit: www.ada.com. Company: Ada Health Founders: Dr. Claire Novorol, Daniel Nathrath, Dr. Martin Hirsch We would like to say a massive thank you to Dr. Novorol and all of the team at Ada for sitting down with us at GIANT. The interview was facilitated by Nakai Jirira our GIANT Health Editor who is passionate about product; get in touch!

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Join Health Foundry | a collaborative, community to help start-ups who are working to improve health and wellbeing

Join Health Foundry | a collaborative, community to help start-ups who are working to improve health and wellbeing

Join Health Foundry for as little as £20+VAT per month and get a 30% discount on all exhibition packages at the global GIANT Health event.   Contact hello@healthfoundry.org for more information!   

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KidsX brings together top children’s hospitals and health startups to create digital solutions that will transform pediatric care for children and their families 

KidsX brings together top children’s hospitals and health startups to create digital solutions that will transform pediatric care for children and their families 

KidsX brings together top children’s hospitals and health startups to create digital solutions that will transform pediatric care for children and their families KidsX, an international consortium of pediatric hospitals focused on improving digital health innovation through collaboration, has launched its Accelerator. Committed to solving the most pressing problems in pediatric care delivery, KidsX facilitates relationships between leading children’s hospitals and entrepreneurial innovators to build, test and deploy software solutions to make pediatric care exceptionally effective, safe, efficient and convenient for children and families. “Despite the fact that pediatric patients make up 20 percent of the national patient population, pediatric digital health innovation has been placed on the backburner due to lack of funding and support,” says Omkar Kulkarni, MPH, Chief Innovation Officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Managing Director of KidsX. “KidsX is poised to be the international leader in pediatric digital health innovation by enabling collaboration between leading children’s hospitals to source, screen, prioritize, test and deploy purpose-built digital health solutions at scale.” The largest pediatric-focused digital health accelerator in the world, the KidsX Accelerator is a 13-week virtual accelerator program designed to partner 10 talented, promising early stage digital health companies with clinician and administrative leaders at leading pediatric hospitals to determine if product/market fit exists within pediatric healthcare delivery. There are more than 30 KidsX pediatric hospitals committed to providing mentorship as entrepreneurs build digital products to meet the unique needs of pediatric patients and their families, piloting the products to validate clinical efficacy and enabling the scaling of validated solutions to hospitals across the country. Digital health companies are encouraged to sign up to take part in the KidsX Accelerator at https://kidsx.health/.

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 Innovators unite for the kiddos!

Innovators unite for the kiddos!

Mike Biselli recently joined forces with KidsX (https://www.kidsx.health/?ck_subscriber_id=692458145) as a coach and enabler for this incredibly important initiative! Below, there is a short podcast episode to learn more about KidsX, why Mike is so excited about it, and the opportunity for a GIANT's community to get involved.

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Barcelona Health Hub Summit, October 29, 2020.

Barcelona Health Hub Summit, October 29, 2020.

Barcelona Health Hub (BHH) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2018. It aims to accelerate the transformation in digital health, encouraging interaction between start-ups, corporates, institutions, health corporations, universities and investors. The organization's goal is to be an…

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