Consumer

Credit: Medbelle

By Sophie Porter 04:07 am March 31, 2020
Digital hospital Medbelle has announced it will be selling COVID-19 test kits to private patients at cost in an attempt to aid the NHS in its efforts to better understand the virus and to expand testing capabilities in the UK. The kits cost £225 each, inclusive of laboratory, packaging and advisor fees. Purchases are limited to two per household to control demand, but the organisation has an...
By Laura Lovett 03:32 pm March 30, 2020
GoodRx, the Californian startup best known for its pharmaceutical-cost-transparency tool, is rolling out a new feature that lets patients compare telemedicine prices and service options.  Dubbed GoodRx telehealth marketplace, users are able to select the type of condition they are looking to address. Patients can select one of 100 conditions, which run the gamut from cold and flu symptoms to...

Credit: Livi Care Connect

By Sophie Porter 04:22 am March 30, 2020
LIVI, the UK branch of Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider KRY, has launched a free web-based platform that will enable healthcare professionals to connect with patients via video consultations. LIVI Connect - which operates as Care Connect by KRY elsewhere in Europe - is available to all practicing medical professionals free of charge, regardless of whether they already have a LIVI...
By Dave Muoio 04:04 pm March 27, 2020
Two medical research organizations have kicked off new efforts this week that seek to use consumer-health wearables to identify or event predict the onset of disease. The first is the DETECT (Digital Engagement & Tracking for Early Control & Treatment) Study, headed by the Scripps Research Translational Institute. It combines heart-rate, activity and sleep data collected through a range...
By Sophie Porter 02:48 am March 27, 2020
Public Health England (PHE) informed the UK government that (25 March) home-testing kits that identify whether a person has ever been infected with COVID-19 could soon be available to order online and from chemists,. The simple finger-prick test should take no more than 15 minutes and will see members of the public extract blood from home and send their sample off for evaluation. It will not test...
By Tammy Lovell 07:43 am March 26, 2020
Dublin-based digital health firm patientMpower has developed a remote monitoring solution for COVID-19 on behalf of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE). This enables monitoring of otherwise healthy patients with mild to moderate symptoms who are in self-isolation.  The national programme is already operating across several hospitals in Ireland, including the Mater, St James's and Beaumont...
By Laura Lovett 04:30 pm March 24, 2020
Looking to better track the spread of the novel coronavirus, a team of engineers from some of Silicon Valley's most notable companies has joined forces with Boston Children's Hospital's Chief Innovation Officer John Brownstein on a new tool dubbed covidnearyou.org. The platform aims to gather data from people at home and report it back to public health organizations like the CDC. "[We] were...
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By HIMSS 03:09 pm March 24, 2020
By Dave Muoio 02:49 pm March 24, 2020
Apple's Siri has been updated to provide symptom-based guidance and, in some cases, telehealth-app download links to users seeking COVID-19 information from the virtual assistant. Now, when users ask Siri a question along the lines of "How do I know whether I have coronavirus?" or "I think I have coronavirus," the tool initiates a new conversation tree to determine the user's current symptoms....

In response to the crisis, a variety of digital offerings have sprung up to ensure people can continue exercise while social distancing.

By Tammy Lovell 03:03 am March 24, 2020
As efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19, see gyms and sports facilities close throughout Europe, many people can no longer follow their usual exercise routines. To stay fit and healthy, the NHS advises adults to do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or around 20 to 30 minutes a day, but this may be difficult to achieve while homebound. In response to the crisis, a...