Leontina Postelnicu

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...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 09:43 am March 13, 2020
A nation of over 200 million citizens, Pakistan is a major player in South Asia, with a large population to care for. Like many countries around the world, it is struggling to address the shortage of doctors and prevalence of chronic diseases while ensuring access to affordable medicine. But where there are challenges, there is also room for innovation. Today, we are seeing entrepreneurs and...

Illustration by CDC via Unsplash revealing ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses

By Leontina Postelnicu 11:14 am March 11, 2020
Since the novel coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China, in December last year, we’ve seen the world focus on little else.  COVID-19 is putting strain on governments globally, and with over 90% of all cases reported so far coming from four countries, but over 100 affected, the pressure is now on officials to identify the response needed according to their own scenario.  Over the weekend, the...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 12:32 pm March 9, 2020
After securing funding from Singapore-based Corecam Capital Partners last December, Darmstadt-based manufacturer of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) drones Wingcopter has announced that it landed further funding from the multi-family office. The amount was not publicly disclosed. WHAT THEY DO Wingcopter’s transport drones, developed for humanitarian and civil applications, have been...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:48 am March 9, 2020
The UK government has announced this morning that it is setting up a unit to counter the online spread of inaccurate and false information relating to the new coronavirus. The team will be tasked with identifying and, where necessary, responding to claims that aim to deceive or mislead people. The department for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) said it was working with communications...
By Leontina Postelnicu 04:08 am March 8, 2020
Nearly 90% of the world’s population holds some bias against women. Yes, that’s both men and women - according to a new study from the UN. And that's not all: around half believe that men make better political leaders, and, most shocking of all, nearly 30% believe it is “justifiable” for a man to beat his partner. These are the type of findings that one would think would not get in 2020 (or ever...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:26 am March 5, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. Given the pace of scientific and technological advancements, Sweden, one of the early adopters of digital, is well-positioned to leverage the opportunities of the transformation that we're seeing around the world. But as Daniel Forslund [pictured on the right], chairman of the Stockholm region's innovation and development...
By Leontina Postelnicu 06:22 am March 5, 2020
Sanofi has announced this week that it is supporting a three-month pilot to facilitate access to an online symptom checker from British company Babylon for people concerned about digestive health issues.  The service can be accessed through the Buscopan and Dulcolax websites, Sanofi’s over the counter digestive health products. The pharma giant is understood to have launched a similar initiative...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 05:00 pm March 4, 2020
Babylon's Rwanda-focused virtual care subsidiary, Babyl, inked a 10-year partnership with the country's government giving every person over the age of 12 access to digital health consultations. According to Babyl, every appointment will be paid for through the government’s Mutuelle de Santé community-based health insurance scheme, which is managed by the Rwandan Social Security Board (RSSB). ...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:32 am March 4, 2020
The health service in England has launched a new NHS 111 online tool to help those wanting to get quick advice about the new coronavirus after it saw a surge in the number of queries received about the outbreak. Since its launch last Wednesday, more than 70,000 people have reportedly turned to the service to find out more information and get help, with over 35,000 accessing it in one day over the...