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By Sophie Porter 02:14 am April 15, 2020
Digital oncological therapeutics company Kaiku Health has developed a symptom monitoring system for patients with coronavirus to be used by Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). The platform will assist HUG in triaging patients who suspect they have the virus or who have already been diagnosed, both in and out of hospital. WHAT IT DOES Each day patients will fill out a digital report of their...

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By Laura Lovett 02:34 pm April 14, 2020
Planned Parenthood is expanding its telehealth services to include all 50 states. Patients will be able to tap into the service for some birth control needs, sexually transmitted infection testing, gender-affirming hormone therapy, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), urinary tract infection screen and the morning after pill.  Select Planned Parenthood health centers...

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By Piers Ford 07:35 am April 14, 2020
Two NHS hospitals in the Midlands are the first to sign up for Babylon’s COVID-19 Care Assistant app in an effort to give coronavirus patients 24/7 access to support and monitoring services, despite the pressure the pandemic is placing on staff levels. Between them, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS trust serve nearly 4.2 million people – 7.5% of England’s...
By Laura Lovett 03:39 pm April 13, 2020
This morning Fitbit became the latest tech giant to unveil a new coronavirus feature. Users of the Fitbit app will now be able to use the new feature to connect with a doctor virtually and access information on exercising indoors.  The new feature, which is live today, will be a new tab at the bottom of the app labelled COVID-19, and include the latest updates from the World Health Organization...
By Dave Muoio 02:25 pm April 13, 2020
Consumers are keenly interested in digital and remote health services during the COVID-19 emergency, with roughly four in five respondents in a recent 1,000-person survey saying they would take part in a remote health consultation, and would also prefer a virtual visit prior to an in-person appointment. This new poll, distributed on March 29 by digital customer experience platform Lightico, also...
By MobiHealthNews 04:52 pm April 10, 2020
Even before today's big announcement from Apple and Google, it was clear that phone-based contact tracking was going to be an important weapon in the war against COVID-19. But might that weapon be a double-edged sword? In today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock is joined by the MobiHealthNews team – Managing Editor Laura Lovett and Associate Editor Dave Muoio – to discuss the various companies,...
By Dave Muoio 02:19 pm April 10, 2020
Two of the biggest names in technology have formed an unprecedented partnership to introduce health data-sharing and COVID-19 contact-tracing technologies to the lion's share of the smartphone market. In dual news releases published this afternoon, Apple and Google announced plans to launch APIs that will enable interoperability between iOS and Android products by way of official apps from public...

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By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 9, 2020
A research effort based out of MIT is looking to individuals' smartphones as tools for automatic COVID-19 contact tracing, but it's taking a unique approach that doesn't log GPS data or other potentially identifying information. Rather, the multi-organization Private Automatic Contact Tracing (PACT) team is turning to smartphones' Bluetooth functionality – or more specifically, the short-range...

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By Sophie Porter 09:23 am April 9, 2020
EVERGREEN LIFE BUILDS HEAT MAP SHOWING INCIDENCES OF COVID-19 IN UK Healthcare app Evergreen Life is compiling a heat map that exposes trends in local behaviour during the coronavirus pandemic. The map outlines whether users are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and if they are abiding by government advice to stay at home (excluding key workers). So far, it has collected more than 50,000...
By Dave Muoio 04:28 pm April 8, 2020
Easy access to (temporarily) free counseling. Consumer telehealth and mail-order prescription services Hims and Hers are dipping into the mental health wellness space. The brands kicked off new anonymized group therapy and guided meditation offerings yesterday, with the therapy sessions led by a licensed mental health practitioner. The group sessions are currently being offered free of charge in...