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NHS launches digital health tech accelerator in London

The U.K.'s National Health Service doesn't have the reputation of being particularly technology savvy. In fact, it's had a long and public struggle--that's not yet complete--to get electronic medical records into place.

GE Healthcare hand-held ultrasound in pilot NHS test, $20M Nigerian health initiative

GE Healthcare launched its hand-held ultrasound, Vscan Access, last May at a World Health Organization meeting in Switzerland. Now, the technology is in the process of becoming more widely available and incorporated into routine pregnancy care.

U.K. rejects petition demanding meningitis B vaccine for all children

The U.K. rolled out its meningitis B vaccination program for babies in September, but a petition demanding that it be expanded for all children quickly gathered steam. The Department of Health rejected the petition on Wednesday, saying that offering the jab to all children would not be cost-effective.

Illumina enlisted for bioinformatics on 100,000 Genomes Project in U.K.

Illumina was right at the core of a plan unveiled in August 2014 by the U.K. government to map 100,000 human genomes by 2017. Its early role focused on whole genome sequencing, but now the genomics giant has also been tapped for bioinformatics as well.

U.K.'s NHS commits $6B to digital health, making remote care a priority

The U.K.'s National Health Service hasn't exactly earned high marks so far for its efforts on the digital health front. Its prior efforts to convert to electronic medical records have failed. But the health program is redoubling its efforts now by committing £4.2 billion ($6 billion) to a variety of digital health initiatives. That news comes on the heels of the agency announcing a series of 7 med tech-focused trials with major technology partners including Alphabet's Verily, Royal Philips and Accenture.

U.K.'s NHS awards $340K to develop several promising medical technologies

The U.K.'s National Health Service has awarded £240,000 ($340,000) to several med tech researchers.

UPDATED: U.K.'s NHS launches a series of med tech trials with Google's Verily, IBM, Philips

The United Kingdom's National Health Service sees med tech as crucial to addressing healthcare improvements. It's launched a series of 7 trials with several major technology partners designed to test several means of integrating med tech specifically into at-home care for elderly and chronic disease patients.

U.K. consortium plans $1.5B investment in Indian hospitals

A British consortium plans to spend $1.5 billion to bring 11 NHS-related facilities to India, according to a report by the Economic Times.

Pharma junkets for U.K. docs trigger tough new Sunshine rules, penalties

England may have been behind the U.S. in shining the light on financial ties between pharma and physicians, but that's changing. Not only will National Health Service doctors be required to declare all gifts they receive from drugmakers. They'll also face losing their jobs--or even jail--if pharma payments influence their work.

U.K. NHS spinout Touch Bionics launches smarter, faster, stronger prosthetic hand

Startup Touch Bionics has launched its i-limb quantum, the first upper limb prosthesis that can change grips with a small gesture. The U.K.-based startup was the first spinoff from that country's National Health Service via Scottish Health Innovations in 2003. Founded by inventor David Gow, it is backed by Archangel Investors and Scottish Enterprise.
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