Healthy.io announced an agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. placing Healthy.io’s Dip UTI test kits in hundreds of Boots pharmacies throughout the United Kingdom, making Healthy.io’s test kit available to the millions of women who suffer from urinary tract infections (UTI) or cystitis. It is the only smartphone-based urinalysis cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European regulators as equivalent to lab-based testing.
Healthy.io has also partnered with The National Health Service (NHS) in England (NHS England) to conduct a pilot study across 38 pharmacies to explore how a home-based UTI testing kit can reduce the need for clinician visits, which account for over 10 million visits per year in the United Kingdom. A readily-available, at-home testing kit would significantly reduce these numbers. Now, women will be able to purchase Healthy.io’s Dip UTI test at a Boots pharmacy, do the test, and then return to a Boots pharmacy and have their results reviewed by a certified pharmacist. The pharmacist then can provide a course of antibiotics to treat their infection, if appropriate, reducing the need to schedule, wait for, and visit a clinic, while also allowing women to complete the test on their own schedule and from their own home.
Building on the work that Healthy.io has done with the NHS England to explore how using the smartphone camera as a clinical-grade medical device can improve care and reduce cost, Healthy.io also is launching a pilot with the NHS England and East Midlands Academic Health Science Network. The pilot will assess how the smartphone-based test can help provide women with quicker relief from symptoms, reduce complications due to delayed treatment, and prevent the overprescription of antibiotics. In addition, it will examine to what extent the Dip UTI test reduces the workload for local primary care practices.
Healthy.io is the global leader in turning the smartphone camera into a clinical grade medical device. By combining AI and machine learning for colorimetric analysis, best-in-class UX design, and rigorous science, Healthy.io is expanding access to health care. By giving people the same test in any location without a compromise in quality, Healthy.io is able to increase consumer adherence and satisfaction, improve health outcomes, close gaps in care, and reduce total costs for payers and at-risk providers.
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. is the first global pharmacy-led, health and well-being enterprise. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and well-being retail and, together with the companies in which it has equity method investments, has approximately 18,500 stores in 11 countries as well as one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks, with more than 390 distribution centers delivering to more than 230,000 pharmacies, doctors, health centers, and hospitals each year in more than 20 countries.
NHS England is increasing transparency in The National Health Service and improving services for consumers. NHS England works with NHS staff, consumers, stakeholders, and the public to improve the health outcomes for people in England. NHS England is responsible for the stewardship of £99 billion of public funds to provide comprehensive health and care services available to all, where there is clinical need and regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
This was reported by PR Newswire on July 17, 2019.