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By  Sara Mageit 06:05 am December 18, 2020
CUMBRIA SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICE DIGITISES BOOKINGS Cumbria Sexual Health Service (CSHS) will offer its patients the ability to book appointments and order STI self-testing kits online. The initiative is expected to become available to patients in the New Year, while plans form part of an project designed to improve access and reduce pressure on clinic staff. Once live, patients will register on...
By  Dave Muoio 12:29 pm December 17, 2020
Following months of regulatory investigation, the European Commission has officially signed off on Google's $2.1 billion purchase of health-wearable-maker Fitbit. Still, the go-ahead is contingent on a handful of commitments from the tech company that focus on its competitive practices across advertising, digital health APIs and smart device interoperability. "We can approve the proposed...
Three screens of the Ellume COVID-19 Home Test App
By  Dave Muoio 03:13 pm December 15, 2020
The U.S. FDA announced today an Emergency Use Authorization for the first over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test for home use. Developed by Australian digital diagnostics company Ellume Health, the single-use kit is accompanied by a Bluetooth-connected app that guides users through the testing process and automatically reports its results for disease monitoring. The test returns its results in...

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By  Tammy Lovell 11:13 am December 15, 2020
Babylon is supporting the government of Rwanda in a project to digitise its healthcare system and reduce the burden on over-stretched health centres.  As part of a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the British health tech firm has developed a series of triage tools to digitally-enable public health centres through its Babyl Rwanda subsidiary. The tools analyse symptoms to...
A product shot of the Bold Health app
By  Dave Muoio 03:16 pm December 14, 2020
Bold Health, a London-based company developing digital therapeutics for gastrointestinal conditions, is backing a new University of Pennsylvania-led study that will directly compare the company's cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) app for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to Headspace's consumer mindfulness and meditation app. According to a clinicaltrials.gov listing spotted by Exits & Outcomes,...
DreamLab, COVID-19
By  Sara Mageit 10:12 am December 14, 2020
Imperial College London and the Vodafone Foundation charity are running a study on COVID-19 research called Corona-AI, to publish in a peer-reviewed journal. Volunteers donate their smartphone computing time to the DreamLab app by simply downloading the app and letting it crunch thousands of calculations while they sleep. By creating a virtual supercomputer, the app searches through digital...
By  Laura Lovett 01:00 am December 14, 2020
Apple is rolling out a new low VO2 Max feature on its Apple Watches, MobiHealthNews has learned. Instead of doing an intense run or workout to capture the measurement, folks can take a walk or a stroll to find out their VO2 Max, which is a measure of overall fitness.  In order to get the measurement users must go through an onboarding process that collects their demographic data and walks them...
Google phone screen example listing COVID-19 vaccines
By  Laura Lovett 02:18 pm December 10, 2020
Now that several vaccines have come out with promising results, vaccine misinformation is also growing. Tech giant Google is now zeroing in on this potential issue by implementing new strategies to coping with misinformation, according to a new blog post.  Users in the U.K. will now be able to use a new search feature on the platform in order to look up COVID-19 vaccine information, as well as...
The first series, Headspace Guide to Meditation, will premiere globally on January 1, 2021, and will teach users the foundations of meditation.
By  Mallory Hackett 11:43 am December 10, 2020
Mindfulness and meditation app maker Headspace is coming to Netflix next year in the form of three new television shows intended to help viewers take a breath, relax and start the new year off on the right foot. The first series, "Headspace Guide to Meditation," will premiere globally on January 1, 2021, and will teach users the foundations of meditation. Each episode will tackle a different...
Virti, COVID-19, AI, workforce, medical training, NHS

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By  Sophie Porter 12:58 am December 10, 2020
Virti has released a new AI-powered “virtual patient” in an effort to aid remote clinical training for medics and trainees across the NHS and throughout hospitals in the US. The technology, which has been named one of TIME’s best inventions of 2020, creates a realistic patient profile for interactive role-play scenarios to help users develop soft skills remotely.  WHY IT MATTERS  With in-person...