International health IT week in review: August 11

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 11: Babylon raises $US550m, UK pledges £250m for AI, Alexa at UCHealth, GP at Hand destabilising, insurers join Blue Button 2.0, DeepMind's deep pockets, CVSHealth diabetes target, DirectTrust eyes standard for instant messaging, fractured states of American opioid crisis

Babylon Health gets $2 billion valuation with new funding that will help it expand in US
Forbes ~ Monica Melton ~ 02/08/2019

Babylon Health, a U.K.-based startup whose fast growth has been shadowed by concerns about the efficacy of its telemedicine apps, has raised $550 million in Series C funding, elevating the company to unicorn status.

Government pledges £250m for National AI Lab to improve diagnostics
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 08/08/2019

The programme aims to improve cancer screening and speed up results, use DNA data to identify patients most at-risk of diseases, upskill the workforce to use artificial intelligence (AI) systems and automate routine administration tasks to free up clinicians.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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