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By Dave Muoio 03:22 pm May 29, 2020
The leading digital health narrative emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic has been the rise of telehealth and live video consultations as a reliable modality for delivering care. In many ways, it was a case of preparation meeting opportunity – years of pilot programs, platform refinements, public funding projects and a number of very well established players all ready to adapt and expand when...
By Jonah Comstock 01:02 pm May 29, 2020
Following up on our episode from a few weeks ago, host Jonah Comstock sits down (virtually of course) with Dr. Gustavo Kinrys, medical director and vice president of mental health services at Teladoc Health to discuss findings from a recent survey on COVID-19 and behavioral health, as well as his own experiences seeing patients via telehealth during the pandemic.   Here's a release from Teladoc...
By Laura Lovett 02:59 pm May 28, 2020
When it comes to regions around the world where health tech is in full bloom, it would be hard not to mention Israel. Today we are seeing a rise of health IT innovation and digital health companies rising from this relatively small country in the Middle East.  That is also true when it comes to the country’s largest healthcare organization, Clalit Health Services, which is combining its swaths of...
By Laura Lovett 03:54 pm May 27, 2020
The government of Qatar’s mandatory COVID-19-tracing app has come into question after an Amnesty International investigation exposed a weakness in its configuration that could have left it open for cyberattacks.  Once the vulnerability was flagged, authorities in Qatar updated and fixed the issue within a day, according to Amnesty International. However, if there had been an attack, it was...
By Dave Muoio 12:12 pm May 27, 2020
As COVID-19's opening salvo on the healthcare system gradually gives way to long-term mitigation efforts, much of the public health focus is shifting away from the four walls of the hospital. Now, community-support services have found themselves shouldering a heavy burden of social isolation and nonessential business closures that, without proper support, could lead to new social determinant of...
By Tammy Lovell 08:52 am May 27, 2020
A study found at least 34 ongoing COVID-19 projects from European medtech startups aimed at supporting healthcare professionals. The analysis was carried out by Oxford University data visualisation spin-out Zegami through Google searches and talking to people in the industry.  UK-based companies topped the list, with a total 11 ongoing projects. This includes a project from Zegami which uses X-...

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By Tammy Lovell 05:56 am May 27, 2020
Polish startup Infermedica has announced a collaboration with tech giant Microsoft, which aims to empower healthcare organisations to build and deploy virtual healthcare assistants at scale. The artificial intelligence (AI) health company, which specialises in early diagnosis and triage, announced in a blog post that it will provide its technology to the Microsoft Healthcare Bot service. By...

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By Sophie Porter 01:34 am May 27, 2020
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has made telemedicine provider eConsult its official online consultation tool for primary care. Responding to the need for remote medical care catalysed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the platform has been made available for all medical centres at MOD sites across the globe. The 124 international sites, reaching as far as The Falklands, Brunei and Belize, as well as in...
By Dave Muoio 03:19 pm May 26, 2020
Digital respiratory health company Propeller Health has received 510(k) clearance for a sensor and app intended for use with AstraZeneca's Symbicort inhaler for asthma and COPD, the company announced today. The tool – which, according to the agency, was submitted to the agency in September and greenlit in late March – was developed in a previously unannounced partnership with the Cambridge,...

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By Sophie Porter 11:27 am May 26, 2020
Miiskin is the first skin checking app to be listed on the EMIS App Library, a database for clinicians in England of health apps reviewed by NHS Digital’s Digital Assessment Questions (DAQ) framework. It is also one of fewer than 100 apps to be listed on the NHS Apps Library. The app, which is supported by dermatologists and the British Skin Foundation, uses smartphone cameras and AI to help...