Consumer

By Laura Lovett 03:10 pm April 28, 2020
This morning behemoth lab test company Quest Diagnostics announced that it will be offering a “consumer initiated” COVID-19 antibody test for $119.  Dubbed Quest Direct, the service will let consumers request the antibody test through an online platform. Once the request is initiated it is sent to a licensed physician, who greenlights the testing order. Patients can then go to a Quest service...
By MobiHealthNews 04:23 pm April 27, 2020
Thanks, but we've got this. The U.K. has decided not to use Apple and Google’s much-anticipated Bluetooth contact tracing tool as originally planned, according to the BBC. Apple and Google’s model pitches a decentralized system for tracing, while the NHSX – which works on the UK’s digital health efforts – is proposing a centralized system. NHS officials told the BBC that the centralized system...

Credit: Oxford VR

By Tammy Lovell 09:06 am April 24, 2020
Oxford VR’s automated virtual reality therapy has been featured in the latest NHSX Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) blueprint details. Its programme has been integrated into NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services since April last year. The firm, which is a spinout from Oxford University’s department of psychiatry, played an instrumental role in creating the NHSX GDE...

Credit: Limbix

By Sophie Porter 01:53 am April 24, 2020
Limbix Italia have supplied Schiavonia COVID Hospital with VR headsets in a bid to improve the psychological and emotional wellbeing of its staff. The virtual reality hardware uses visualisation and guided breathing techniques to reduce stress and anxiety in healthcare workers and support staff working long shifts treating patients suffering from coronavirus. The new virtual healthcare system was...
By Dave Muoio 06:00 am April 22, 2020
Less than a week after FDA opened the faucet for digital health products treating psychiatric conditions during the COVID-19 health crisis, Akili has fast-tracked and released its approval-pending digital therapeutic for children with ADHD. Now known as Endeavor and flanked by a symptom tracker and caretaker support line, the video game-like app will be provided at no cost for a limited time to...
By Dave Muoio 03:03 pm April 21, 2020
Digital diabetes-management company One Drop announced last week that it has acquired the assets, IP and certain staff of Sano Intelligence, the maker of a non-invasive connected CGM patch. The terms of this asset purchase were not disclosed. Sano was founded in 2011, and over the course of the decade raised approximately $20 million from investors such as Fitbit, Intel Capital, True Ventures and...
By Dave Muoio 01:07 pm April 21, 2020
Thanks to an updated emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA, LabCorp's COVID-19 RT-PCR test is now the first diagnostic test for COVID-19 that permits at-home sample collection. Now, patients may use Q-tip-style nasal cotton swabs and saline included in LabCorp's designated self-collection kit – which the company is branding as the "Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 Test." These samples are...
By Laura Lovett 03:25 pm April 20, 2020
Microsoft has developed a new chatbot to help folks who have recovered from the COVID-19 virus determine if they can donate plasma to help with clinical research and treatment.  Dubbed the CoVIg-19 Plasma Bot, it is part of CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance, a group of scientists, pharma companies and other stakeholders in an effort to recruit donations for plasma research.   The chatbot was designed to...
By Laura Lovett 11:40 am April 20, 2020
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that self-reported coronavirus symptoms from surveys posted on Facebook and Google correlate to test-confirmed cases. These results will now be part of the university’s new disease forecast map COVIDcast, which will also include data from others like the Quidel Corp.  While individual results of the Carnegie Mellon study weren’t shared with...
By Dave Muoio 04:10 pm April 16, 2020
Attacking misinformation head on. Big tech's war against online misinformation is raging hotter than ever with COVID-19. The latest update: Facebook will begin directly contacting users who liked, reacted or commented on "harmful misinformation" about the virus that was later removed by the social network. Facebook wrote this morning that the messages are set to deploy within the coming weeks,...