contact tracing

By  Sophie Porter 01:44 am April 22, 2020
The Danish Government has collaborated with IT service provider Netcompany to create digital solutions to ease the national lockdown restrictions. The Danish tech company and the National Board of Digitisation have developed ‘COVIDmeter’, which allows users to input and monitor coronavirus symptoms, and the ‘Mobile Proximity App’, which tracks the spread of the virus. WHY IT MATTERS COVIDmeter (...
By  Jonah Comstock 04:38 pm April 17, 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic preventing large gatherings of any kind, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation last week was forced to hold its hearing on big data and privacy protections in response to the pandemic as a “paper hearing.” Participants submitted written testimony only. Lawmakers sent those experts questions, and the panel responded with written answers. Despite...
By  Sophie Porter 12:16 pm April 13, 2020
A new app being developed by NHSX in collaboration with Google and Apple is hoped to be the key to relaxing lockdown measures in the coming weeks and months. The app will utilise Bluetooth technology to inform users if they have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of the virus. This could ease restrictions on social isolation, since users will have more information about the...
By  MobiHealthNews 04:52 pm April 10, 2020
Even before today's big announcement from Apple and Google, it was clear that phone-based contact tracking was going to be an important weapon in the war against COVID-19. But might that weapon be a double-edged sword? In today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock is joined by the MobiHealthNews team – Managing Editor Laura Lovett and Associate Editor Dave Muoio – to discuss the various companies,...
By  Dave Muoio 02:19 pm April 10, 2020
Two of the biggest names in technology have formed an unprecedented partnership to introduce health data-sharing and COVID-19 contact-tracing technologies to the lion's share of the smartphone market. In dual news releases published this afternoon, Apple and Google announced plans to launch APIs that will enable interoperability between iOS and Android products by way of official apps from public...
By  Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 9, 2020
A research effort based out of MIT is looking to individuals' smartphones as tools for automatic COVID-19 contact tracing, but it's taking a unique approach that doesn't log GPS data or other potentially identifying information. Rather, the multi-organization Private Automatic Contact Tracing (PACT) team is turning to smartphones' Bluetooth functionality – or more specifically, the short-range...
By  Dean Koh 10:38 am March 20, 2020
[UPDATE: According to Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan's Facebook post on the morning of March 23, TraceTogether has been installed by more than 620,000 users so far.] The Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech), the in-house IT agency of the Singapore public service, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced the launch of a mobile...