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By  Alexandra Mullin and Ian Chiang 01:16 pm January 29, 2021
The alarming scale of the opioid use disorder (OUD) epidemic has resulted in unprecedented human and economic devastation, and there is significant opportunity for digital tools to alter the gold standard of care to one that is ongoing and on-demand. The epidemic has only worsened since the onset of COVID-19, given heightened economic instability, social isolation, disruption to transportation...
Also, Racoon.World raises further €660K for its physiotherapy telemedicine platform.

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By  Sara Mageit 06:43 am January 29, 2021
RACCOON.WORLD RAISES FUNDING FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY TELEMEDICINE EU-based digital physiotherapy startup, Raccoon.World has raised €660K in funding from Fast Track to Innovation (FTI). The money will be spent on further R&D, scientific research and certification of the renewed product, as well as potential partners. The startups' platform, Raccoon.Recovery allows physiotherapy professionals to...
COVID-19 Severity Calculator logo
By  Dave Muoio 03:12 pm January 28, 2021
23andMe's new COVID-19 resource. Consumer genomics company 23andMe has released a new interactive tool that allows users to see how various health factors could impact the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization. The COVID-19 Severity Calculator pulls data from the company's COVID-19 study, which included 10,000 participants diagnosed with the disease and 750 who were hospitalized. 23andMe warned that...
Wingcopter, drones

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By  Sara Mageit 06:33 am January 28, 2021
Award-winning manufacturer of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) drones dedicated to humanitarian initaitives, Wingcopter, has secured $22 million (€18M) in Series A funding. The financing round was led by Silicon Valley-based Xplorer Capital, a key investor in autonomous technologies, and Futury Regio Growth Fund, a Germany-based growth capital fund focusing on investments in...
A product shot of Upright's digital MSK offering.
By  Dave Muoio 02:01 pm January 27, 2021
DarioHealth announced today that it is expanding its digital chronic-disease-management business beyond diabetes and hypertension with the purchase of Upright Technologies, a musculoskeletal (MSK) health company that specializes in connected posture correction devices and digital coaching. The deal is expected to close on or around February 7, and will run DarioHealth $31 million to complete the...
funding, NHS
By  Tammy Lovell 01:31 am January 27, 2021
An NHS initiative to accelerate the uptake of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and digital products is due to launch in April.  A consultation into the MedTech Funding Mandate took place in December 2019, but the launch was delayed due to COVID-19.  Under the policy, NHS England and NHS Improvement will identify medical technologies which have been assessed and recommended by NICE as being...
Also: Healthify adds to its SDOH platform with Papa’s companionship services; Allscripts and U.S. Orthopedic Alliance team up to create an orthopedic services technology platform.
By  Mallory Hackett 12:14 pm January 26, 2021
The decentralized research organization Care Access Research has teamed up with AstraZeneca to support the Phase III clinical trial for AZD7442, AstraZeneca’s long-acting monoclonal antibody combination for the potential prevention of COVID-19. Using Care Access’s Mobile Sites On Demand, the two will develop, deploy and manage clinical research sites across the country to assess the safety and...
COVID-19, Abu Dhabi, saliva test

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By  Ahmed El Sherif 11:31 am January 26, 2021
Abu Dhabi has approved three new COVID-19 tests for use in hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centres in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital. This latest introduction comes as new cases of the coronavirus surge in the country. Announced by the Department of Health (DoH), Abu Dhabi via the Abu Dhabi Media Office, the new antigen, reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal...
Infermedica, telemedicine

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By  Sara Mageit 07:37 am January 26, 2021
One of Poland's largest private healthcare providers, PZU Zdrowie is using AI-driven healthcare startup, Infemedica's AI-enabled Call Centre Triage solution to provide patients with more streamlined healthcare advice. In 2019, the organisation handled 2.4 million patient calls, with 15,000 coming on a single day. Building on a three-year partnership, Infermedica’s solutions will implement...
Hypertension, Aktiia

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By  Sara Mageit 05:22 am January 26, 2021
Maker of wearable continuous blood pressure monitor, Aktiia, today launched their 24/7 automated blood pressure monitoring system that gathers data during the day and while the user is asleep. Aktiia has received its CE mark as a Class lla medical device, meaning that the device has been assessed to meet safety, health and environmental protection requirements in Europe. The device is also now...