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Amazon makes further inroads into healthcare

Amazon, the e-commerce giant that takes $4 of every $10 spent online in the US, this month bought PillPack, a pharmaceutical delivery service that cuts out the brick-and-mortar pharmacy. Shares in traditional drug stores chains fell off a cliff-edge, Walgreen Boots Alliance by 10% and CVS Pharmacy by 8%. Today, it's pharma. But tomorrow..? Healthcare Nova speaks to a tech-savvy operator who sees the e-commerce giant soon venturing into health insurance, AI and data-storage.

China 2030 programme attracts European interest

Norwegian telemonitoring platform Dignio tells us it is among the European players vying for substantial contracts in China as the country begins its healthcare system overhaul.

Coaching users to optimum health through an app

The Quealth app has 111,000 users and focuses on combating five prominent lifestyle-driven diseases. It shows users how their lifestyle is effecting their health, and encourages a healthier lifestyle. The unique algorithms which Quealth uses helped them differentiate them from the rest of the nominations in this category.

Connecting sub-Saharan Africa to better healthcare through mobile technology

PharmAccess is a Dutch NGO that works to improve healthcare access and services in sub-Saharan Africa through mobile technology and providing financial loans. It was a finalist because the M-TIBA solution is unique, claims 250,000 users and incremental increase in revenue. It connects patients and providers, remitters and employers, as well as governments, insurers and donors onto one platform.

An online and international GP Service

Doctor Care Anywhere showed how doctors are consulting with patients in over 70 different countries and provide treatment and advice in all locations. The fast-track referrals to AXA PPP healthcare recommended specialists, seamless referrals to Nuffield Health in-person GPs, a global prescription management service and personalised health tracking and medication reminders, meant that Doctor Care Anywhere stood out from the crowd and was the only telehealth company to make the final shortlist.

Improving diabetes identification and treatment

A new data warehouse solution enabled Terveystalo to identify individuals at risk of type 2 diabetes, identify people who had the condition and to transparently demonstrate value. Applied across the whole of Finland, the new system would annually save 31 ,000 years of labour and 2 billion euros according to independent academics.

Remote patient monitoring and telehealth that massively cuts costs

A combination of remote patient monitoring and telehealth for patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, COPD, Hypertension and Cardiovascular conditions that demonstrates a 46.5pc drop in costs compared with traditional Primary Care services, 32 % fewer hospital admissions, 42% fewer doctors appointments and 59% less time spent with home nurses.

Interview: Erik Koornneef, head of AI at Cognit

Healthcare Nova speaks to Erik Koornneef, UAE-Based head of Watson Health at Cognit Technology Solutions, an AI solutions provider established as JV between Mubadala and IBM Watson with the aim to enable the adoption of artificial intelligence in the MENA region.