One of the key bugbears of health apps is the lack of integration currently provided. There are apps for GP services, apps for prescriptions, apps for mental health and well being, but nothing currently that effectively ties everything together to create one comprehensive healthcare companion or service.
What the @BabylonHealth and @SamsungHealth partnership signals in this piece in the @FT is the move to more effective integration of health technology which in turn should lead to a better user/patient experience.
Many in the health tech space are striving to alleviate pressure on global health systems, and this partnership should allow users to better manage their health and play a part in this continued pursuit of a preventative care model.
Telling these stories is the first step, but following them through to see the effect the technology has on patients is the next challenge and one that the media and comms industry has a duty to tell.
Digital health start-up Babylon has struck its second major deal to offer its artificial intelligence-powered doctors through smartphones after Samsung agreed to pre-install its technology on its new devices. The deal will allow consumers to arrange video consultations or check medical symptoms through Samsung’s Health app, which will use the London-based company’s software to send back advice.