We take a look at the week’s biggest developments, research and investment news from the world of Health Tech.
The new health secretary Matt Hancock this week said that the NHS needs more apps to support patients and doctors and that embracing new digital technology is important. In his first major speech as health secretary, he focused on the need for digital innovation in the health service to make lives easier. The new NHS app which will allow patients to order repeat prescriptions and access the 111 helpline for urgent medical needs, is set to be released later in 2018. He also announced that hundreds or new mental health workers will work in and near schools and colleges from next year.
A new report out this week has revealed that the market for electronic skin patches is expected to reach over $10bn by 2023. The report discusses how skin patches provide better choice when it comes to placement on the body and better contact between the device and the body. This is particularly relevant when it comes to cardiovascular monitoring and diabetes management.
PureTech Health, a British-listed biotechnology company has struck an agreement with healthcare giant Roche which could be worth more than a billion dollars. The partnership means the two companies will develop PureTech’s technology, provide research support to help patients combat a range of diseases.
Interesting reads section:
- Childhood obesity hits record level in UK
- Doctors urged to offer more gardening courses and fewer pills
- 8,000 counsellors to go into schools to protect generation crushed by digital pressures, Health Secretary reveals
- Endomag offers new hope for breast cancer surgery patients
- Matt Hancock: my priorities for the health and social care system