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By Piers Ford 08:40 am April 3, 2020
The lack of a co-ordinated approach to procurement is hampering the efforts of healthcare tech companies and innovators to meet the growing demand from healthcare delivery organisations for equipment and digitally-enabled remote services across Europe sparked by COVID-19. The European Commission’s widely welcomed adoption of decisions on harmonised standards for medical devices that will enable a...

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By HIMSS Media 04:04 pm April 2, 2020
With the incidence of new COVID-19 cases growing by the day, healthcare stakeholders are continuing to search for tools and medications to help stem the tide.  We have seen the digital health community release a slew of new tools aiming to monitor the spread of the disease and facilitate better treatment. And it sounds as if there's still more to come, as just this morning CNBC reported that tech...
By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 2, 2020
Editor's note: On the same day this story was published, the FDA publicized the first Emergency Use Authorization of a serology test, Cellex Inc.’s qSARS-CoV-2 IgG/IgM Rapid Test. This story has been updated to reflect that development. On Tuesday morning, Los Angeles-based Bodysphere announced that it had received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a rapid COVID-19 serology test able to...
By Laura Lovett 04:34 pm April 1, 2020
Testing for COVID-19 has been somewhat of a roller coaster in the last few weeks. With each day, the FDA pushes forward in its efforts to expedite the review and rollout of sorely need COVID-19 diagnostic testing. It has enabled the Emergency Use Act, which relaxes standards during a time of crisis.  On March 30 the agency revealed that, since January, it has worked with more than 230 test...
By Dave Muoio 02:46 pm April 1, 2020
On Monday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai pulled back the curtain on a $200 million program that would combat the COVID-19 crisis by bankrolling telecommunications equipment and services for qualifying healthcare providers. The plan is fueled by funds appropriated in the $2 trillion CARES Act signed by Congress and President Donald Trump late last week. If approved after...
By Tammy Lovell 01:32 am April 1, 2020
London-based startup Air Doctor, has raised a Series A funding round of $7.8 million from Kamet Ventures – the AXA-backed venture builder – and The Phoenix Insurance Company. This latest round follows Air Doctor’s seed round of $3.1 million in July 2018. WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2016, Air Doctor connects travellers who fall sick abroad with local private physicians who are skilled at treating non-...

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By Sophie Porter 01:28 am April 1, 2020
Hospitech Respiration, an Israeli startup that designed and manufactures a device to prevent health complications caused by ventilator usage, is offering their product to Israeli hospitals battling the coronavirus free of charge. The AnapnoGuard device AG100s was developed to work alongside a ventilator in order to improve patient safety by preventing ventilator-enabled infections and limiting...
By Dave Muoio 03:01 pm March 31, 2020
Olive, an artificial intelligence company tackling healthcare administration tasks, has closed $51 million in a funding round led by General Catalyst. Also participating in the raise were the company's existing backers Drive Capital, Oak HC/FT, Ascension Ventures and other unnamed investors. WHAT THEY DO Olive's "AI Workforce" is designed to automate a selection of tedious, high-volume...
By Marianna Imenokhoeva 07:01 am March 31, 2020
At a time, when social distancing is among the major measures used to fight COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth is stepping-up as a key technology for safe and efficient communications. The World Health Organization mentioned telemedicine among essential services in “strengthening the Health Systems Response to COVID-19” policy. According to a new WHO policy, within the optimizing service delivery...

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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...