Population Health

By Laura Lovett 02:25 pm April 3, 2020
Earlier this week Cellex became the first company to gain an FDA Emergency Use Authorization for a serology test. The test was designed to identify specific antibodies in the blood linked to coronavirus, which means it can be used to identify past coronavirus infections.  Before this test, the products on the market were designed to detect or diagnose if someone currently has the virus. ...
By Laura Lovett 04:05 pm March 27, 2020
This morning Apple became the next tech giant to jump into the coronavirus resource space, with the launch of its COVID-19 website and corresponding app. The new site, which serves as both a screening tool and information platform, was born out of a collaboration with Apple, the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA. Users are able to go onto the site and answer a list of questions...
By Laura Lovett 04:09 pm March 25, 2020
This morning MassChallenge hosted a virtual summit focused on innovation in the time of the coronavirus. This comes amid the growing number of coronavirus cases in the United States. As of today the World Health Organization reported over 42,000 cases in the U.S. alone. This rising number has resulted in a slew of innovations to address some of the most pressing questions, including testing,...
By Laura Lovett 04:30 pm March 24, 2020
Looking to better track the spread of the novel coronavirus, a team of engineers from some of Silicon Valley's most notable companies has joined forces with Boston Children's Hospital's Chief Innovation Officer John Brownstein on a new tool dubbed covidnearyou.org. The platform aims to gather data from people at home and report it back to public health organizations like the CDC. "[We] were...
By Laura Lovett 02:16 pm March 23, 2020
Social media giant Facebook is offering free developer resources to governments looking to use its messenger service as a coronavirus response. “[W]e’re launching a global program to connect government health organizations and UN health agencies with developers that can help them use Messenger most effectively to share timely and accurate information, and speed up their responses to concerned...
By Dave Muoio 02:43 pm March 20, 2020
Editor's note: Since the publication of this story, the FDA has released an alert warning that it "has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19." MobiHealthNews has reached out to Scanwell Health, myLAB Box and others about their at-home services: read the updated story here. Scanwell Health and myLAB Box are the two latest at-home...
By Dave Muoio 04:06 pm March 19, 2020
Evidation Health, a technology company that generates insights from real-world behavioral data collected through devices, has kicked off a new effort to better understand individuals' health behaviors and concerns throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday the company announced that it has recruited 100,258 people living in the U.S. into a longitudinal survey through the Achievement app,...
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 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...