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By Tammy Lovell 08:02 am August 20, 2020
A European consortium has been launched to accelerate the discovery and development of urgently needed medicines to treat SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe (CARE), is the largest undertaking of its kind dedicated to creating effective therapies with a positive safety profile and repurposing existing therapies for the pandemic. It aims to boost R&...
By Dave Muoio 01:10 pm August 19, 2020
The United States Postal Service has been at the heart of a bitter partisan divide over the last few months of COVID-19 and the U.S. election season. Prominent Democratic politicians have alleged that recent reforms and administrative changes ushered by recently appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy have led to widespread service delays across the country. At the same time, President Donald...
By Mallory Hackett 10:56 am August 19, 2020
Fitbit may be able to detect COVID-19 in patients before they start to feel symptoms, based on early findings from the company’s “Assessment of physiological signs associated with COVID-19 measured using wearable devices” preprint study. The study includes preliminary data that has yet to be peer reviewed by a medical journal. With the research gathered in its study, Fitbit hopes to create an...
By Tammy Lovell 05:12 am August 19, 2020
Work is underway to create a specification which would enable wearable devices to utilise COVID-19 contact tracing technology. More than 130 Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) member companies have joined a working group, which aims to define a standardised method to add wearables to the existing smartphone-based Exposure Notification System (ENS), while preserving privacy and security...
By Tammy Lovell 04:49 am August 19, 2020
Three UK health tech firms have joined forces to create a digital triage toolbar for NHS GPs. The new tool integrates eConsult’s online triage service with Q doctor’s video consultation technology and Cognitant Group’s ‘Healthinote’ verified patient information service. Patients can submit medical history questionnaires directly to their GPs via the platform, which can then be prioritised and...
By Dave Muoio 03:03 pm August 18, 2020
23andMe announced this morning that it has received a 510(k) clearance from the FDA that allows its direct-to-consumer personal pharmacogenetics report to guide use of two treatments without the need for confirmatory testing. WHAT HAPPENED This action updates a De Novo approval granted to the consumer genomics company in late 2018. That decision allowed 23andMe to market a test for one of 33...
By Jonah Comstock 03:02 pm August 18, 2020
Sam Glassenberg, CEO of Level Ex, dodged the family business of medicine and went into video game design. But his path led him right back to the world of medicine “All of this came to a head in 2012 when my father, who is an anesthesiologist, finally gave up and said ‘All right Sam, you’re not going to medical school. It’s too late. So at least put this game silliness to good use and make me a...
By Dave Muoio 01:35 pm August 18, 2020
U.S. consumers want to understand how and why their personal health data is being used by organizations, and may change their data sharing behaviors if they believe the information is being used to improve health outcomes for themselves or others, according to recent survey from health data intelligence firm W2O. Conducted in two 1,000-person waves in September 2019 and May 2020, the poll...

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By Sara Mageit 11:24 am August 18, 2020
UK-based medical technology company, Moletest (Scotland) Ltd, is offering primary care professionals the opportunity to reduce the number of dermatology referrals to secondary care with nomela, a screening test for skin lesions suspected of melanoma. WHY IT MATTERS GPs and other primary care professionals will be able to use a nomela iPad to take images of the suspect skin lesion, which are...
By Mallory Hackett 11:04 am August 18, 2020
MassChallenge HealthTech in partnership with Anthem have announced the winners for the Fast Track to Scale Accelerator 2020 program. The three companies recognized as Diamond, Platinum and Gold Award winners are ianacare, DynamiCare and Karuna Health, respectively. The Fast Track to Scale Accelerator program matches global entrepreneurs with representatives from Anthem to find innovative...