An Israeli tech mission has come to the UK to meet healthcare innovators as it looks to pursue a cutting-edge collaboration in Digital Health.

Some of Israel’s top digital health industry experts, investors and entrepreneurs visited UK healthcare innovators, presenting their cutting-edge technologies that hope to improve patients’ lives and reduce healthcare costs.

The developments presented included smartphone cameras that turn into medical devices, smart wearables to manage family health, crowdsourcing patient support platform, systems that teach computers to provide decision support and imaging diagnosis, personalised patient videos for clearer medical information and real-time prevention of prescription errors, using a data-driven approach.

John Jeans, the British government’s MedTech champion and event moderator, said: “Our healthcare system can stay ahead of the curve by adopting technologies that use apps, smartphones and cloud-computing. The ideas of Israeli entrepreneurs can definitely contribute to that.”

The event was organised by Israeli non-profit Start-Up Nation Central and the UK Israel Tech Hub, which is based at the British Embassy Israel.

Israel is an emerging leader in digital health with 100% of its physicians using advanced electronic medical records and Israeli men are ranked fourth in the world in life expectancy, while total expenditure on healthcare is among the lowest in OECD countries.

The UK is also at the centre of digital health growth and is currently the largest EU spender on tele-health and tele-care, with numerous e-health initiatives.

In recent years, the UK has offered unprecedented opportunities for multinational research and commercial collaborations in the healthcare field.

The events took place in London and Manchester.

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