Wellfleet and binx partner to offer COVID-19 testing on college campuses.
By Mallory Hackett 02:37 pm October 27, 2020
College student health-insurer Wellfleet and binx health, an in-home infectious disease test-kit service, have teamed up to offer COVID-19 testing for college students. Using binx’s testing platform, which was originally created for discrete at-home sexually transmitted infections testing, and by working with Wellfleet’s client campuses, the two companies are giving universities a streamlined...
A photo of Verily's headquarters in South San Francisco.
By Dave Muoio 02:08 pm October 27, 2020
Yesterday, Kaiser Health News reported that California's San Francisco and Alameda counties had "severed ties" with a highly publicized "Project Baseline" COVID-19 testing program supported by Alphabet's Verily Life Sciences. In particular, the reporting focused on Verily-backed community testing sites located in Oakland that have been closed for months, one of which is now working to reopen with...
Women's health, hypnotherapy app, femtech, Clementine, Parla, fertility app
By Sara Mageit 08:39 am October 27, 2020
London-based femtech company, Clementine has nabbed £1 million of funding from investors Fortunis Capital, to expand on its goal of improving the emotional wellbeing of women. The femtech company provides virtual hypnotherapy sessions and wellness products to empower women to feel more confident. WHY IT MATTERS COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on the mental wellness of women. Evidence...
Funding, Psyomics, mental health

Credit: Psyomics

By Sophie Porter 02:51 am October 27, 2020
Psyomics, a mental healthtech spin-out from Cambridge University, has closed a funding round of £1.5million to bring their mental health assessment and diagnosis platform, Censeo, to market in the UK. Built on 20 years of clinical research and psychological experience, Censeo has been developed to mirror the face-to-face psychiatric assessment process, utilising smart algorithms to guide users...
A patient uses a smartphone screening test to analyze stroke-like symptoms she's experiencing.

A patient at Houston Methodist Hospital, participates in a smartphone screening test to analyze stroke-like symptoms she's experiencing. Photo credit: Houston Methodist Hospital.

By Dave Muoio 03:14 pm October 26, 2020
Researchers from Penn State University and Houston Methodist Hospital recently outlined their work on a machine learning tool that uses a smartphone camera to quickly gauge facial movements for sign of a stroke. The tool – which was presented as a virtual poster at this month's International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – relies on computational facial...
Doctor gives woman a vaccination.
By Mallory Hackett 12:03 pm October 26, 2020
Vizient, a healthcare performance improvement company, launched its Vaccine Resource Center today. The online platform gives hospitals and healthcare providers up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine landscape to help them prepare for the eventual regulatory approval of a vaccine. The resource center is made up of three parts: a development tracker, a candidate comparison and a vaccine...
Hands transfer a piece of paper
By Dave Muoio 12:17 pm October 23, 2020
Employer mental health benefits provider Lyra Health has inked a strategic partnership with stress and wellness app Calm, the companies announced Tuesday. With the deal, Lyra's customers may choose to offer Calm's app and digital programs to their employees. Existing Lyra members with mild mental health issues such as stress will have the Calm app recommended. It will be available for direct...
Mommymoon logo next to pregnant person with landscape background
By Mallory Hackett 12:10 pm October 23, 2020
Mommymoon, a digital holistic health company for pregnant people, launched its online platform today. Founded this summer in the midst of the pandemic, Mommymoon works to connect expecting mothers with an array of pregnancy services that are conducted all online. Users can choose to participate in a number of classes, including pre- and postnatal livestream yoga classes, pregnancy support groups...
COVID-19, contact tracing,
By Sara Mageit 07:15 am October 23, 2020
People in England and Wales being told to self-isolate by the NHS contact tracing app have not been able to claim a £500 grant from the government. A flaw in the process for claiming the financial support means they can only claim the support if they are given a code via the manual contact tracing process. The app's privacy-protecting design means that anyone who is told to isolate by the app,...
PainChek, COVID-19, testing centre

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By Sara Mageit 04:44 am October 23, 2020
PAINCHEK ANNOUNCES CARE HOME CAMPAIGN Responding to the NHSX pledge to give 11,000 iPads to UK care homes, AI-powered pain assessment company, PainChek, has announced a one-off campaign to help UK care homes benefit from its technology. PainChek is offering all UK care homes a one-off unique voucher of up to £500 to cover the cost of product training for their staff so they can use the PainChek...