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#143 - Healthcare's big guano problem 🐷
The one minute healthtech roundup.
This week: NICE moves quickly, tech is no substitute for real strategy, and does healthcare lack authenticity?
News Bites 🥪
✈️ NICE collaborates with international partner agencies to streamline the confidential marking process - NICE is working with its Canadian and US counterparts to streamline health technology assessments. So far, somatagron, vutrisiran and nintedanib have all received quicker approvals. Pigeon is sure the last of these makes knock off games consoles, so maybe NICE should go back and give that one another look.
🩸 Healum platform improves health outcomes for Type 2 diabetes patients - Healum continue to shake up the way the NHS treats diabetes, with their latest initiative reducing patients’ blood glucose levels by 5 percentage points more than the control group.
🏥 What is the role of digital in the new GP access recovery plan? - Government’s long awaited primary care recovery plan is here, and the solution: ‘better digital telephony, simpler online requests and faster navigation, assessment and response.’ Easy, right?.
❤️🩹 The ‘innovative practice’ should not be the basis of a recovery plan - But Pigeon’s not going to be flippant about this; Pulse editor Jamie Kaffish does that way better than we ever could.
💊 (£) Outperforming doctors and dealing with hallucinations — how GenAI will transform healthtech - Eavesdropping on people? Doing your admin? making drugs? Pigeon’s been using AI to do all of these things since before it was cool. Come on healthcare, up your game.
🚫 Shares in Babylon fall sharply on news of moves to take private - Babylon’s misfortunes continue as its stock falls to just 1% of its October 2021 peak. As the company prepares to go private, Pigeon’s thoughts are with everyone who’s helped steady the ship.
🧞 Health companies join together as Magentus - Question: What do you get when you take a Genie to the Citadel and regularly check on its Wellbeing*? Answer: Magentus. If you genuinely enjoyed the atrocious set up to that joke, the rest of this newsletter may be a bit beyond you.
🤥 Coming To Terms With The Healthcare Industry’s Inauthenticity Epidemic - All the good things in healthcare can make it even harder to accept the bad, and none of us can say we’ve never encountered what Sachin Jain talks about in this deeply personal piece. But if inauthenticity is what he’s worried about, he's going to flip when he realises it’s not an actual bird writing this newsletter.
Back in accelerator land… 🏎️
♀️ “Accelerating FemTech” - the brains behind the DigitalHealth.London accelerator bring us a new initiative to support innovators working on women’s health issues.
🧠 Biomedical Catalyst Neurotechnology Accelerator Programme - Applications are open for Pioneer Group’s latest accelerator. If you’re working on neurotech innovations and looking for commercial support, get your application in now.
🫂 BCG X Social Impact Accelerator - Building a social impact startup? Get Help…
….from BCG’s talented accelerator team.
What to listen to 🔊
🐦 Healthcare’s big guano problem - Join, Jessica, Jess, Huw and Dr Grace Hatton as they take a deep-dive into the week’s healthtech stories.
🔊 #302 Connecting patients and practitioners with co-founder Sasha Tory - James is joined by Sasha Tory, co-founder of Ally Health. Looking at the overburdened healthcare system and the nature of clinical staff still often working late nights and overtime, Ally Health was created with a mission to solve this problem.
🔓 Decoding the Future of Women- A meeting place for brilliant minds to learn, get inspired and co-create. Use the code ‘SOMX15’ at checkout for an exclusive discount on your ticket.
✨ Spark meetup - CSEN x LocalGlobe - Early stage investor panel - join Crick Science Entrepreneur Network and LocalGlobe for a discussion with Karolina Zapadka (life science investor at Parkwalk advisors); Kerstin Papenfuss (Pharma director at Deep Science Ventures) and Ala Alenazi (Investment Principal at Ascension VC).
💳 Director of Finance and Administration, Archive Health - Pigeon had to check this job hadn’t expired, but the company is actually called Archive. Up for a big budget finance role working across b2b and consumer health? Hit the apply button
⚕️ Medical Advisor (Maternity Cover - 6 months), Flo Health - There’s no business like Flo business like no business I know. Look, we love Flo Health, and we’re running out of nice things to say about them. It’s a great role in a great company.
🧬 BRC Biomedical Engineering Theme Manager, Imperial College London - Ready to support biomedical engineering products through their development cycle? There’s a super important role at the NIHR BRC that’s just right for you
🧑🏫 Professor of Digital Healthcare Interventions, Teeside University - Professor, start professing. Teeside University needs an expert in digital health to strengthen their work at a time when some seriously exciting partnerships are kicking off.
🤝 Co-CEO, Kinhub - Want to combat burnout at work? That’s what Kinhub are trying to do,too. They’re looking for a Co-CEO too - famously one of the most stress-free jobs out there.
*Readers tell us the quality of this newsletter has stayed consistent. If they still say that after they read that Genie joke, we’ll know it wasn’t that high to begin with.
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