US firm eMed takes over digital GP services

US firm eMed takes over digital GP services

Pledge: eMed boss Patrice Harris

An American healthcare firm has taken over the NHS’s digital GP services after the collapse of the previous provider, Babylon.

Florida-based eMed snapped up Babylon UK after it went into administration in August.

‘We are totally committed to all of our patients, private and NHS, and our vision will be powered by people and enabled by digital technology,’ said eMed chief executive Patrice Harris, who was the first African American woman to be president of the American Medical Association.

The sale means eMed will take over GP At Hand, a service that holds a contract with the NHS to let patients book appointments and speak to doctors online or by video call. 

Babylon set up the service in 2017 and it has more than 100,000 users. 

But the firm, which was listed on the US stock market in 2021 with a value of more than £3 billion, ran out of cash after trying to rapidly expand into the US market.

In May, the firm announced it would be taken private in a deal with Swiss digital neurotherapy firm MindMaze but this quickly unravelled and Babylon filed for bankruptcy protection in the US soon after. 

The group’s five physical clinics in London will remain open.