May 31, 2018

Babylon signs digital health deal with Samsung

Digital health start-up Babylon has struck its second major deal to offer its artificial intelligence-powered doctors through smartphones after Samsung agreed to pre-install its technology on its new devices. The technology will initially be standard for anyone who buys a Samsung smartphone in the UK but will be rolled out worldwide as part of an aggressive push by Babylon into international markets, according to people with knowledge of the plans. Samsung will pay a licence fee to use the technology and share revenues with Babylon as it attempts to improve its health products in the face of competition from Google Fit and Apple Health. The deal will propel Babylon further into the market for private medical care after a lukewarm response from the UK's National Health Service. The Samsung announcement comes a month after Babylon signed a deal with Tencent, the Chinese internet group, to offer the service through its messaging platform WeChat, which has almost 1bn users.

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