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By  Dave Muoio 04:36 pm March 5, 2021
The FDA has issued its first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test that does not require a prescription and can be used at home. Developed by Cue Health, the Cue COVID-19 Test for Home and Over the Counter Use was first authorized for point-of-care use last June. It uses a nasal swab sample collected from the lower nose to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA, and...
Data science
By  Alaap B. Shah and Nivedita B. Patel 10:54 am March 5, 2021
In today’s world, data is power. Healthcare providers have massive amounts of rich health data at their fingertips. Yet historically, third-party vendors to healthcare providers often have derived financial benefits from secondary use of this data through aggregating and brokering de-identified data to downstream customers. That is beginning to change as healthcare providers are taking back...
DiGA, health apps, mental health
By  Anna Engberg 08:10 am March 5, 2021
Germany is the first country in the world to prescribe digital apps – DiGAs, as the Germans call them, and reimburse them through the statutory health system as reported in Healthcare IT News. To drive innovation and speed up the regulatory process around those digital health applications, Germany has introduced a 'Fast Track' for approval, testing, piloting and evaluation of these apps – which...
By  Dave Muoio 03:21 pm March 4, 2021
No-cost medications for patients in need. Online prescription discount platform GoodRx has partnered with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) to kick off a philanthropic program that will support patients in need with free prescriptions and care. With a target goal of more than $5 million in free medications provided during 2021, the company said that it has kick-...
Ro Vaccine Drive
By  Laura Lovett 01:40 pm March 3, 2021
Virtual care provider Ro will now be making house calls to distribute vaccines to older people and those with disabilities in New York. The company teamed up with New York State’s Department of Public Health to launch its efforts called COVID-19 Vaccine Drive. Patients are able to schedule their appointment via the new Vaccine Drive website. The effort is currently focused on individuals 65 and...
Media reports indicate that One Medical has allowed people connected with company executives and other ineligible individuals to skip the vaccination line.

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By  Mallory Hackett 11:32 am March 3, 2021
The pressure is rising for the tech-powered primary care platform One Medical as Congress has launched an investigation into its COVID-19 vaccination practices, NPR reported Tuesday. The publication tracked down a letter sent by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to One Medical late Monday night that raises its concerns and demands documentation of the company’s vaccination...

Photo courtesy of Highmark

By  Dave Muoio 12:27 pm March 2, 2021
In December, Highmark Health announced a six-year collaboration with Google Cloud that the companies said would lay down the infrastructure of the integrated delivery network's data-driven Living Health Dynamic Platform. Today, the organizations unveiled plans to get Verily and its Onduo chronic care subsidiary in on the action as well. Through another six-year partnership, the partners will work...
The Analytic for Hemodynamic Instability tool can identify hemodynamic instability with 96% sensitivity and detects stable patients with 85% specificity.
By  Mallory Hackett 12:26 pm March 2, 2021
Fifth Eye, a Michigan-based real-time clinical analytics company, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration has granted De Novo classification for its Analytic for Hemodynamic Instability (AHI) tool. The technology links with hospitals' existing electrocardiograms to create a reading of patients' hemodynamic status every two minutes. Once AHI completes a reading, it uses machine...
Numan, Men's health, Vi-Health

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By  Sara Mageit 10:22 am March 2, 2021
In its goal to become a full-stack digital health provider, London-based Numan has acquired medical science and healthcare technology company Vi-Health, based in Stockholm and Malmö. After completion of the acqusition, the majority of the Vi-Health team will be joining Numan, whilst continuing to work from their offices in Sweden.  WHY IT MATTERS Registered as a Class I medical device, Vi-Health'...
dubai health authority

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By  Ahmed El Sherif 06:20 am March 2, 2021
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has revealed plans to “enhance” its use of smart health technology, exploring remote-patient monitoring in the first instance. To coincide with the occasion of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Innovates 2021, the authority said that it is currently collaborating with Enpy, a Dubai-based startup that specialises in medical artificial Intelligence (AI), to consider the...