Rachel McArthur

covid-19, breath test, dha

Credit: MBRU

By  Rachel McArthur 06:54 am March 16, 2021
A rapid breath test that is reportedly capable of detecting COVID-19 within 60 seconds is currently being trialled in Dubai. Developed by Breathonix, a company associated with the National University of Singapore (NUS), the breath test is being assessed for accuracy by the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and Dubai Health Authority (DHA). A total of 2,500...
COVID-19, Bahrain, BeAware app, digital vaccine passports

Credit: Bahrain News Agency

By  Rachel McArthur 11:11 am February 18, 2021
The Kingdom of Bahrain has become one of the first countries in the world to launch a digital COVID-19 “vaccine passport”. According to a government press statement, the country’s BeAware app – which was launched at the onset of the pandemic to facilitate contact tracing, and currently also manages digital vaccine bookings – will function as the passport. The app will be able to confirm an...
Vaccines, covid-19, bahrain

Credit: Ministry of Health Bahrain

By  Rachel McArthur 09:17 am January 14, 2021
The Kingdom of Bahrain has launched a number of mobile COVID-19 vaccination units dedicated to immunising senior citizens and individuals with special needs, it has been revealed. Said to be the first of its kind in the GCC region, the mobile units involve medical teams making home visits to provide one of two approved COVID-19 vaccines to those unable to attend the dedicated centres.  Bahrain’s...
Funding, Egypt Ventures, Nawah Scientific, Alexandria Fund

Credit: Nawah Scientific

By  Rachel McArthur 06:18 am January 8, 2021
Nawah Scientific begins 2021 with $1 million (€0.82M) in additional funds. The Cairo-based health tech startup has secured a second pre-series A fundraise comprising both equity and debt, it announced in a press statement late on 7 Jan. Funded primarily by Egypt Ventures, the round also saw contributions from the Alexandria Fund, Cairo Angels, Alex Angels, undisclosed angels from Hult...
COVID-19, app
By  Rachel McArthur 04:14 am January 6, 2021
The Kingdom of Bahrain has reportedly become the very first country in the world to allow COVID-19 vaccine appointments via a mobile app. All citizens and residents of the Gulf nation are able to schedule their free vaccination via the BeAware smartphone application, which was launched at the beginning of the pandemic as the country’s COVID-19 contact tracing offering. During booking, users can...
COVID-19, Unilabs UAE, Dubai Health Authority
By  Rachel McArthur 09:54 am November 25, 2020
Earlier this week, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in the United Arab Emirates announced it is now offering a simple saliva test that can detect COVID-19 for children between the ages of 3-16 years. The test – which costs AED 150 (€34) – is available across all DHA facilities and DHA-run COVID-19 screening centres in the emirate. It is hoped that the new form of testing will eliminate discomfort...
Pharma, machine learning, medical devices

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By  Rachel McArthur 11:20 am October 22, 2020
A new platform aimed at streamlining clinical trials in order to lower costs – and increase the efficiency and success rate of a drug or the development of a medical device – has been unveiled by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The yet-to-be-named programme reportedly “leverages machine learning to optimise a clinical trial’s chances of success” through the analysis of factors including...
remote monitoring, digital therapeutics, dubai, diabetes

Credit: GluCare Diabetes Center

By  Rachel McArthur 08:54 am October 21, 2020
A specialist clinic that’s claiming to be “the world’s first healthcare provider” to “employ remote continuous data monitoring” for diabetic patients has been officially opened in Dubai. Following a soft launch in September, GluCare Integrated Diabetes Center – which has been developed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with partners in Silicon Valley – offers remote continuous data monitoring as...

Credit: Dr. Answer

By  Rachel McArthur 08:28 am July 20, 2020
A South Korean artificial intelligence (AI) medical software solution is making its way to Saudi Arabia, it has been confirmed. Dr. Answer – a government-supported tool designed to “offer doctors accurate medical diagnosis by identifying abnormalities in body fluids and tissues” – will undergo clinical trials in the Kingdom. According to a Korean government spokesperson, it is the first time Dr....

Credit: ViroMasks

By  Rachel McArthur 02:13 am July 13, 2020
United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based ViroMasks has launched a reusable face mask that it claims is able to eliminate the COVID-19 virus within half an hour of contact.  ViroMasks’ fabric is embedded with HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03, an “intelligent textile technology” designed to eliminate a range of bacteria and viruses that come into contact with its surface. Owned by HeiQ Group, which is part of the...