Babylon Health partners with tech giant Samsung
Korean technology behemoth Samsung has partnered with digital health provider Babylon to launch ‘Ask an Expert, powered by Babylon.’
Through this collaboration, Samsung will gain the ability to offer live video doctor appointments with a medical professional at all times through a pioneering system. Users will also be able to check symptoms and book live video doctor appointments to gain essential medical advice, as well as manage and order prescriptions.
Available for Samsung users through the smartphone Samsung Health app, the development further signals a move for healthcare providers to develop digital solutions which are patient-centered, working around consumers busy lifestyles and demand for convenience, rather than wait to see a medical professional through traditional healthcare processes.
The service will give greater control to patients who wish to check up on their health needs seamlessly within their everyday lives. Users can also check their symptoms and receive high-quality triage information about physical health, common ailments and symptoms straight to their device, according to a recent press release.
“This technology can take more of the strain and ensure the best information and insight is available ahead of consultations which will then relieve some of the pressure on hard-pressed clinicians,” commented Dame Barbara Hakin, Former GP and National Director in NHS England.
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The system draws on 500 million streams of knowledge to provide near-instant health information, meaning ‘Ask an Expert, powered by Babylon’ offers a readily-available source of advice at your fingertips.
“Samsung’s vision for empowering individuals and transforming healthcare, partnered with the company’s illustrious history of technological innovation, constant focus on customer satisfaction and truly global reach makes it a perfect fit with our values and mission,” noted Dr Ali Parsa, Babylon’s Founder & CEO:
“It’s very exciting to know that millions of Samsung users will soon be able to better manage their health using Babylon’s services as we deliver personal health assessments and treatment advice via their Samsung Galaxy devices.”
However, the use of the app will come at a cost for consumers. Full membership with access to unlimited appointments will cost users £50/€50 per year, or solely £25/€25 for a one-off appointment.
The symptom checker is also intended for informational purposes and should not be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Babylon is set to take its services worldwide. Its recent partnership with China’s messaging provider, WeChat, will also help the company further its ambitions, unlock opportunities and gain increased traction within the healthcare market.
Jvion launches AI-powered map to tackle mental health crisis
Clinical AI company Jvion has launched an interactive map of the US that highlights areas that are most vulnerable to poor mental health.
The Behavioral Health Vulnerability Map uses Jvion's AI CORE™ software to analyse public data on social determinants of health (SDOH) and determine the vulnerability of every US Census block group.
Vulnerability refers to the likelihood that residents will experience issues like self-harm, suicide attempts or overdoses. The map also identifies the most influential social determinants in each region, to show the social and environmental conditions that contribute to mental illness.
As an example, the map shows that Harrison County in Mississippi has a 50% higher suicide rate than the rest of the state. It also shows a high percentage of individuals in the armed forces at a time when active duty suicides are at a six-year high, along with a high prevalence of coronary artery disease, arthritis, and COPD, all chronic illnesses that are linked to a higher suicide risk.
The map also shows Harrison County has a high percentage of Vietnamese Americans, who studies suggest have high rates of depression and may be less likely to seek help from mental health professionals.
The map was built using the same data and analytics that Jvion used to create the COVID Community Vulnerability Map, which was launched towards the start of the pandemic.
With this new map, Jvion is aiming to tackle the growing mental health crisis in the US. “At a time when so many Americans are struggling with their mental health, we’re proud to offer a tool that can help direct treatment resources to the communities that need it most,” said Dr John Showalter, MD, Jvion’s chief product officer, who led the development of the map.
“For too long, the healthcare industry has struggled to address social determinants of health, particularly in the context of behavioural health. Our hope is that by surfacing the social and environmental vulnerabilities of America’s communities, we can better coordinate our response to the underlying conditions that impact the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.”