Roundup: Philips Announces New Director of Innovation and Strategy, Robotics to Improve Adult Social Care and More Memories


As part of the Social Care Digital Innovation Program and Social Care Digital Innovation Accelerators projects, 69 local authorities have developed and presented robotic digital approaches to help social care for adults.

Managed by NHS Digital in conjunction with the Local Government Association, the computer-controlled robots – known as ‘cobots’ – have been tested on the Isle of Wight and in Hampshire.

Robotic devices are worn around the waist and lower back to help caregivers lift, hold and move people without assistance.

Cobots aim to reduce the risk of injury and fatigue among caregivers and reduce the need for two caregivers to work together.


Shez Partovi has officially assumed the role of Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer at Philips, succeeding Jeroen Tas and reporting to Philips CEO Frans van Houten.

Partovi brings his experience as a clinician to this role, having trained as a physician at McGill University in Montreal and practiced as a neuroradiologist for a decade.

It also encompasses entrepreneurial expertise and consumer insight, having previously assumed the role of chief digital officer for a large healthcare system.

“One of the most exciting trends I see driving innovation in healthcare is the growing emphasis on experience. As individuals, we are at a point where our best is. experience anywhere is what we expect everywhere, and that means there is a huge opportunity to innovate the way we receive healthcare so that the experience is superior, ”Partovi said.


San Francisco-based Received CE Mark for its AI-Based Stroke Care Software, Establishing Adherence to European Product Health, Safety and Environmental Standards sold in the European Economic Area.

Through its software suite,’s system synchronizes stroke care by connecting multidisciplinary care teams, coordinating care and reducing treatment time.

In the EU, stroke is the second leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability in adults, but it is estimated that only 1.9% of them benefit from an endovascular procedure that eliminates blood clots.

“Minutes count when you have a stroke, which is why is dedicated to reducing treatment time and improving patient outcomes through better coordination of care,” said Chris Mansi, co-founder and CEO of “CE marking allows us to import our leading AI software into the EU, dramatically increasing the number of patients we can help access life-saving therapy. “


US-based software company Palantir Technologies has announced that it is strengthening its global health and life sciences capabilities in the UK with the appointment of a new chief executive.

Dr Justin Whatling is joining Palantir from Cerner and will work with a number of Palantir Foundry clients including NHS England and hospital trusts across the UK to help maximize the potential of Palantir’s software.

Dr Whatling said MobiHealthNews: “I look forward to leading Palantir’s healthcare practice at a time when the need to support healthcare systems has never been more evident.

“I know from my previous roles how powerful data can be when used correctly and have seen first-hand how it can help streamline our healthcare system infrastructure. I really believe that Palantir’s software that integrates data [in near real time] at the enterprise level will provide a real boost in optimizing the delivery of care at a time when we need it most to support the COVID catch-up and to support the integrated systems of care to be established and operated from new models of care across the country.


The London-based Leva Clinic, an online chronic pain clinic, has partnered with Boots UK & Ireland to expand its range of digital pain services.

From today, Leva Clinic will be part of the Boots Health Hub, alongside other healthcare partners.

Leva Clinic’s in-house healthcare professionals have condensed their expertise into a personal pain management program in the form of a web application. As part of the agreements, users will be able to purchase the pain management program from Boots Health Hub, a marketplace that serves as a gateway to Boots and third-party online health services.

The subjects of the program include understanding pain, communicating about your pain, your job, your relationships, your movements and your medications. During the program, patients have access to the daily mindfulness practices of the team of clinical psychologists and an instant conversation with the team of health coaches at Leva Clinic.

Eric Bystrom, CEO of Leva Clinic, said: “The digital pain management program was designed by our multidisciplinary team of leading physicians, nurses, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists and pain sufferers. . We’ve created a top-notch pain management app that’s easily accessible online. We are very excited to partner with Boots to expand our distribution of the program to patients across the UK as we believe the better you understand your pain, the better you can manage it. ”

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