Population Health

By Laura Lovett 02:19 pm July 23, 2020
Within the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, Europe was one of the hardest hit regions. When the disease first began to spread, countries quickly looked for ways to treat the virus and stop the transmission. This led to the deployment of a vast array of digital tools. “The WHO has been advocating for many years to strategically invest in digital health and digital health systems, be...
By Laura Lovett 02:13 pm July 16, 2020
Cityblock, a startup focused on used tech to tackling health disparities, has raised $53.5 million in what it describes as Series B+ funding. Kinnevik AB led the round with participation from AIMS Imprint of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Alphabet, as well as existing investors.  This comes roughly a year after a $63 million Series B funding in April of 2019, and close to two years after the...
By Sara Mageit 10:08 am July 16, 2020
NHS PROVIDERS PUBLISHES GUIDE FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION Membership organisation for the NHS Hospitals, NHS Providers, has published a guide to NHS digital leadership to help trust leaders build on the momentum made during COVID-19 and to support NHS boards lead their organisations through the digital transformation. Newly published material also includes, ‘why digital transformation matters’,...
By Dave Muoio 04:14 pm July 10, 2020
The World Health Organization has announced a new smoking cessation initiative that will combine free nicotine replacement therapies with an artificial intelligence-based "virtual health worker." The digital tool comes from virtual-avatar-maker Soul Machines, and aims to dispel misinformation about COVID-19 and tobacco use while helping develop personalized plans to quit smoking. Florence, as she...

Credit: Tracing Ireland's Population (TIP)

By Sara Mageit 06:41 am June 29, 2020
The European Open Science Cloud Secretariat initiative has approved €1,235,000 in emergency funding for 32 projects to specifically tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the new apps the initiative is supporting is called Tracing Ireland’s Population (TIP), which will focus on giving users with coronavirus symptoms ownership of their personal data and will be available to download on 10 July. WHY...
By Dave Muoio 01:46 pm June 24, 2020
Verily and CVS Health are among the latest big names lending their health and technology expertise to reopening businesses. Both companies have announced new enterprise offerings incorporating COVID-19 testing, symptom checking, clinical support, data analysis and app-based tools for employees. Verily's approach, called Healthy at Work, incorporates local, onsite and mail testing services into a...
By Sara Mageit 10:40 am June 24, 2020
Ireland’s health authority has expressed plans to go ahead with the launch of their contact tracing app, which will be submitted to Google and Apple for downloading from their app stores at some point this week. The Health Service Executive (HSE) will firstly submit a memo to government this week on the status of the technology, which has been under development over the past few months. Subject...
By Philipp Grätzel von Grätz 06:36 am June 24, 2020
With the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic tapering off at least in parts of the world, governments in many countries are working towards providing a framework of infection surveillance and infection control measures that hopefully allow economies to restart and lift most of the lockdown measures that were implemented in March and April. The minimum goal would be to move from an...

Credit: Moodbeam

By Sara Mageit 04:23 am June 24, 2020
With the aim to improve how sites are managed and to promote wellbeing in the construction sector, national framework organisation Pagabo has partnered up with health tech company Moodbeam to launch a wearable device called Moodbeam One, enabling construction workers to capture mood in real-time. The wearable wrist band will allow workers to log how they feel by pressing yellow when they’re...
By Sara Mageit 04:06 am June 19, 2020
UK CONTACT TRACING APP SWITCH In a major U-turn, the UK is switching from its existing centralised contact tracing app to the technology provided by Google and Apple. At the Downing Street briefing, health secretary, Matt Hancock said the new app is months from being ready however said the government would not “put a date” on when the app will be launched. In a joint statement from Baroness Dido...