Transforming everyday health, one app at a time – POLITICO

Patients, even those with severe conditions, can be empowered to take greater control of their health through a combination of monitoring, education, and diagnosis together with education, treatment, and prevention.

“Through our digital solutions, we can help improve health outcomes for patients,” says Timothy Brock-Smith, vice president of global drug partnerships at Huma. “We’re accelerating the improvement of treatment options and switching therapies so that you end up getting the right products for the right patients at the right time.”

Huma, a digital healthcare company providing solutions for remote patient monitoring, is applying its technology to the digital devices that surround us – such as mobile phones and smartwatches – to provide near-real-time data that informs new digital vital signs of change in disease.

These solutions provide customized and adaptable guidance on therapeutic interventions. They use processed input data, which includes new AI-based algorithms that use robust, high-quality data.

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“This technology means you can detect if someone is at risk of a very serious event and proactively admit them to hospital when needed,” says Broke-Smith.

Huma has also developed a new algorithm that performs cardiovascular risk assessment. It can diagnose in just three minutes whether a person is at low or high risk of cardiovascular events in the next 10 years.

Patients who used Huma during the COVID-19 pandemic had a death rate three to four times lower than those who did not use the technology,(1) And according to a British study, 88 percent of people identified by the platform as being in a declining condition had their heart surgery appointments brought forward.(2)

This technology also brings benefits to medical institutions. Hospitals using the Huma platform can reduce readmission rates by more than 30 percent and nearly double bed capacity.(3).

“By offering remote management solutions, you’re effectively saving those days of sleep, clinic visits, until patients really need it,” says Broke-Smith.

“At the same time, we’re finding new ways to detect diseases or their evolution so that we can improve access to healthcare and access to delivering that healthcare around the world.”

Digital health is already transforming patients’ lives – and it’s only the beginning.

Technological advances have led to a wave of new digital products such as diagnostics, applications, and treatments. This means that people can have more control over their health by enabling more informed choices based on personal insights and new delivery mechanisms.

To unlock the benefits of continued advances in digital health, all stakeholders must work together to build a forward-looking and credible framework that can underpin such developments.

Access to health data for healthcare delivery and research purposes—the fuel of these leaps in innovation—must be enabled along with international data flows that adhere to all necessary privacy measures.

To learn more, read our case study on digital dual technology and its potential to revolutionize medical research and identify appropriate treatment.


(1) Outpatient management strategy using Coronataxi’s digital early warning system reduces deaths from coronavirus disease 2019

(2) Implementation of an mHealth solution for remote monitoring of patients in the cardiac surgery waiting list: a service evaluation open gamma | Oxford Academy (;

(3) NHS Kent, Surrey, Sussex Health Science Network, Evaluation Report, October 2020

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