Roundup: Vara launches AI breast cancer technology in Greece, HelloBetter scores €10 million in Serie A round and more

Vara and Mitera Hospital launch AI technology for breast cancer screening in Greece

German deep-tech startup Vara has announced a partnership with Mitera Hospital in Athens, a member of Hellenic Healthcare Group (HHG).

Vara’s artificial intelligence (AI) powered software will be used to support and complement the work of radiologists at Mitera’s screening centers to improve efficiency and increase screening rates.

dr. Alexandra Athanasiou, Mitera’s Head of Breast Imaging, said: “Mitera has been at the forefront of providing comprehensive care for women for over 40 years and our partnership with Vara allows us to build on this experience through advanced diagnostic tools. to support our teams of radiologists.”

HelloBetter Scores €10 million in Serie A round

HelloBetter, a Berlin-based digital therapeutic company, has announced an extension of €6 million Series A financing round of €4 million, bringing the total investment round to €10 million.

MassMutual Ventures (MMV) led, along with existing investors HealthCap, Expon Capital and Sparrow Ventures.

The money will be used to boost the commercialization of HelloBetter’s products in the German market and promote expansion beyond the DACH region.

Hannes Klöpper, co-founder and CEO of HelloBetter, said: “We are delighted to receive the support of another strong partner as our category leadership in digital therapies for mental health becomes more visible.”

AWS announces 12 startups participating in UK healthcare accelerator

A panel from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and government-focused tech company PUBLIC has selected 12 startups to participate in the UK’s first AWS healthcare accelerator.

The four-week program is designed to support startups achieving the fourfold goal of improved patient experience, improved clinician experience, better health outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

Among the participants is Dignio, which connects patients and healthcare professionals via a digital platform.

Ewa Truchanowicz, CEO of Dignio, said: “The breadth and variety of expertise made available through the program is fantastic, and we look forward to more growth in the UK and globally.”

Home care platform Cera expands to Germany

UK-based health tech company Cera has announced that its technology will be used to deliver care and nursing to people’s homes in Berlin and Potsdam.

The company’s AI-powered app monitors the vital signs, activity levels, sleep patterns and nutrition of service users and advises their healthcare professional or nurse on the best course of action.

dr. Ben Maruthappu, CEO and co-founder, Cera, said: “As a result of COVID-19, we have seen a significant acceleration in the demand for healthcare to be delivered at home rather than in hospitals, and we are uniquely placed to leverage our technology. to meet this need.”

New book examines how the NHS used healthtech during COVID

Digital health influencer Victoria Betton has announced the publication of her book Towards a digital health ecology: adopting NHS technology through the COVID-19 looking glass.

The book is aimed at those working in the digital health sector and anyone curious about how the NHS used technology during the first wave of the pandemic.

Betton is co-founder of digital health startup, LOOP and has over 20 years of experience working in local government, third sector, digital health startups and the NHS.

A free launch event will take place in London on March 14, 2022. See here for more information.