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By Laura Lovett 11:37 am March 19, 2020
Editor's note: Since the publication of this story, the FDA has issued an alert warning that it "has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19." Nurx and others have halted their at-home testing COVID-19 services in response: read the updated story here.  The shortage of coronavirus testing kits in the United States has quickly come to the...
By Dave Muoio 03:40 pm March 18, 2020
A collaboration between government organizations, research institutions and major tech companies has put out the call for artificial intelligence experts interested in generating new insights about coronavirus. As of Monday, a collection of machine-readable literature on the coronavirus group of viruses is now freely available for review on the Allen Institute for AI's SemanticScholar.org website...

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By Tammy Lovell 09:15 am March 18, 2020
Israeli blood testing startup Sight Diagnostics has announced a collaboration with Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv to mitigate the risk of contamination by COVID-19. Sight’s OLO blood analyser will provide rapid complete blood count (CBC) results in a dedicated lab to process samples of COVID-19 patients who are being monitored and treated in a separate field hospital.  Prior to deploying OLO...
By Dave Muoio 03:34 pm March 17, 2020
Blue Shield of California announced yesterday that it is now waiving out-of-pocket costs for all commercial plan members using Teladoc Health's services until May 31. This includes individual and family plans, as well as those sponsored by an employee. "As we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, we believe making telemedicine more readily available is the right thing to do," Dr....
By HIMSS News 10:00 am March 17, 2020
  The number of COVID-19 cases has climbed to 167, 515 globally, according to the World Health Organization. Cases in Europe and the United States are rising quickly. Health systems are looking for new ways to deal with the increase in cases. New initiatives including drive-through testing, chatbot helpers and hotlines are among the solutions proposed.  In today's HIMSSCast, we discuss how...
By Dave Muoio 03:23 pm March 16, 2020
Alphabet's Verily has launched a website where California residents can complete a short survey regarding their current condition and, if they meet certain criteria, could be referred to a nearby mobile COVID-19 testing site. Conducted through Verily's Project Baseline population health effort and developed in collaboration with federal, state and local public health authorities, the triage...
By Leontina Postelnicu 09:17 am March 16, 2020
British company Doctor Care Anywhere (DCA) is introducing a free training programme to support GPs in carrying out remote consultations as the NHS continues to see rising demand for services in the coronavirus crisis. As of the morning of 16 March, there were around 1,540 confirmed cases in the UK, with more than 44,000 people tested, and 35 deaths. Globally, according to the latest situation...
By Laura Lovett 04:48 pm March 12, 2020
As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, Washington state has emerged as ground zero for the epidemic in the United States. Currently, the CDC is reporting that the state has 267 cases.  "It's probably not all that surprising since we are based on the West Coast that we ended up with patient one here in the U.S.," Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, chief clinical officer for Providence St...
By Dave Muoio 04:06 pm March 12, 2020
Together in perfect harmony. Dexcom and Welldoc have kicked off a new collaboration that will provide Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor users with data-analysis insights from Welldoc's digital diabetes management product, BlueStar. These insights include information on how lifestyle factors such as activity, nutrition, sleep and medication adherence are affecting a user's glucose levels. “Now...