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The one-minute healthtech roundup
This week: Experts weigh in on virtual wards, demonstrating virtual care’s role in underserved communities, and tech that gives a man his mobility back.
News Bites 🥪
🚶🏻♂️Parkinson's implant restores man's ability to walk – Were this week’s story line-up not so strong, this would be the point where Pigeon told everyone to go home – because ain’t nothing going to beat giving a man the use of his legs back.
🛰️ HTC is Sending a VR Headset to the ISS to Support Astronaut Mental Health – Ok, well played HTC. That mobile phone Pigeon had back in 2009 didn’t give us ‘virtual reality astronaut mental health’ vibes, but you’ve knocked it out of the park here. 9/10. Points deducted only because the target audience seems quite niche.
🐦⬛ Blackbird invests in Carepatron’s ‘radically accessible’ healthcare management platform – Sorry to break it to everyone who has a favourite spreadsheet app, or is still using Zoom for their video calls, but it’s a generalist’s world out there. Carepatron’s betting on bringing everything clinicians need to manage their practice into one place. With a fresh $4m raise, it seems like its backers are too.
🧘♀️ HealthTech's Role In Self-Care In The Era Of Google And AI – Who amongst us can honestly say we haven’t googled a symptom we’re experiencing that day and diagnosed ourselves with wing rot? (FYI we’d just spilled some ink.) If we’re not careful, that tendency could get worse with the rise of the chatbot. Some mixed words of caution and optimism follow in this post.
🏥 The RCP view: Hospital at Home and virtual wards – It’s possible that a lot of us are talking at cross purposes when we discuss virtual wards, so it’s nice when experts enter the conversation (and Pigeon takes a day off). The RCP set out their view which, while wordy, is ultimately…they’re a pretty good idea.
🏡 Feebris study demonstrates impact of AI-guided virtual care – Positive results all round in a new study on how AI-guided virtual care can increase clinical capacity. The model, tested in communities outside of Mumbai, has great potential to improve care in underserved communities.
🥚 Health AI startup Cercle debuts with backing from Sheryl Sandberg – Honestly, Pigeon was just happy this AI story wasn’t about a chatbot or an ambient listening app. Reading further though, this could be a groundbreaking use of AI in fertility treatment, backed by a high profile investor.
🥖 Diabetes: England To Roll Out ‘Life-Changing’ Artificial Pancreas Tech – A massive milestone for treatment of type 1 diabetes in the UK is hit as hybrid closed loop systems hit the NHS.
X marks the spot…❌
🗺️ Albion VC publishes the European HealthTech Market Map 2023 - It’s 100% possible to work in healthtech for years without ever having heard of some of these verticals, let alone the companies within them. Albion have swept across Europe to bring us the complete picture of who’s doing what, where they’re doing it, and where their interests lie.
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What to listen to 🔊
🐦 Healthtech Pigeon - Too late, Major Tom - Join James, Jessica, Huw and Motics’ Harvinder Power as they take a deep dive into the week’s healthtech news and views…and an even deeper dive into an existential rabbit-hole.
🔊 The Healthtech Podcast #328 Does 8M followers make you a healthtech entrepreneur? Is an influencer a new, tech-enabled public health doctor? With Dr Karan Rajan - James is joined by Dr Karan Rajan, an NHS surgeon, clinical lecturer and a social media educator, dispelling popular medical myths and working to make health, science and medicine engaging, entertaining, and accessible to a wide audience.
Transforming Healthcare with AI - Reality versus the hype
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