Appello announced another major acquisition to close out the year. Effective 5 December, they have acquired the home monitoring business of Medvivo, Medvivo Careline Ltd. Careline provides telecare alarm monitoring, ‘comfort calls’, and out-of-hours call monitoring services to at-home and at-risk customers. The company was formerly known as Magna Careline. Terms were not disclosed.
The Medvivo Careline acquisition increases Appello’s monitoring customers by about 20 percent to approximately 250,000. Appello’s earlier acquisition this year was of RedAssure Independent Living from Worthing Homes [TTA 17 Oct]. Appello is the UK’s largest telecare monitoring service.
Medvivo, in its statement, took some pains to position the sale as enabling the company to focus on their now core business of integrated urgent care services across Bath and NE Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. It demonstrates that the UK health tech area continues to consolidate, notably in the monitoring area.
The Careline website has already been cut over to Appello here. Appello release.
Appello telecare acquires RedAssure Independent Living from Worthing Homes. A 20-year provider of telecare services to about 700 homes in the Worthing area in West Sussex, the acquisition by Appello closed on 1 October. Previously, Appello provided monitoring services for RedAssure since 2010. Terms were not disclosed. Release.
Another NHS Digital departure is Rob Shaw, deputy CEO. He will be leaving to pursue a consulting career advising foreign governments on national health and care infrastructure. He is credited with moving the NHS Spine in-house and establishing NHS Digital’s cybersecurity function. The Digital Health article times it for around Christmas. Mr. Shaw’s departure follows other high-profile executives this year such as former chief digital officer Juliet Bauer who controversially moved to Kry/LIVI after penning a glowing article about them [TTA 24 Jan], Will Smart, Matthew Swindells, and Richard Corbridge.
One initiative that NHS Digital has lately implemented is passwordless, biometric facial or fingerprint-based log in for the NHS App, based on the FIDO (Fast-Identity Online) UAF (Universal Authentication Framework) protocol (whew!). NHS Digital’s most recent related announcement is the release of two pieces of code under open-source that will allow developers to include biometric verification for log in into their products.
Babylon Health’s GP at Hand plans Manchester expansion. The formal notification will likely be this month to commissioners of plans to open a Manchester clinic as a center for GP at Hand’s primarily virtual consults. This follows on their recent expansion into Birmingham via Hammersmith and Fulham CCG which will be notified. How it will work is that patients registering in Manchester would be added initially to a single patient list for GP at Hand located at Hammersmith and Fulham CCG. Babylon is now totalling 60,000 patients through GP at Hand. GP Online
Singapore’s Verita Healthcare Group has acquired three digital health startups. The two from Singapore are nBuddy and CelliHealth, in addition to Germany’s Hanako. Verita has operations in Singapore, the US, Asia-Pacific and Europe, with 35 alliance partnerships with medical clinics and hospitals across Australia, Southeast Asia and Europe. Mobihealthnews APAC
Novant Health, a 640-location health system in North Carolina, is introducing Tyto Care’s TytoHome integrated telehealth diagnostic and consult device as part of its network service. Webpage, release
Rumours that Andrew Gardner, recently appointed unpaid chair of the TSA, had stepped down from being Managing Director of Appello are now confirmed by the entry in his LinkedIn page. He remains as Chair of Cloud Sustainability. TTA has sought further information: watch this space!