Coronavirus

Digital Therapeutics, Juniper Research,
By Sara Mageit 05:18 am October 28, 2020
A study from UK-based analyst house, Juniper Research has found that the number of people using digital therapeutics and wellness apps will grow from 627 million in 2020 to more than 1.4 billion in 2025. This follows regulators responding to COVID-19 by loosening rules that had previously delayed the work of digital therapeutics developers. WHY IT MATTERS The study, called Digital Therapeutics...
A photo of Verily's headquarters in South San Francisco.
By Dave Muoio 02:08 pm October 27, 2020
Yesterday, Kaiser Health News reported that California's San Francisco and Alameda counties had "severed ties" with a highly publicized "Project Baseline" COVID-19 testing program supported by Alphabet's Verily Life Sciences. In particular, the reporting focused on Verily-backed community testing sites located in Oakland that have been closed for months, one of which is now working to reopen with...
Doctor talks to colleagues
By Laura Lovett 03:25 pm October 26, 2020
When it comes to tackling a pandemic, global collaboration and data sharing are key, according to speakers at this week’s World Health Summit.  “There has been a huge fragmentation, a huge multiplication of approaches within countries, between countries,” Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the World Health Organization, said during a panel discussion. “In a pandemic, there is no sense in...
PainChek, COVID-19, testing centre

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By Sara Mageit 04:44 am October 23, 2020
PAINCHEK ANNOUNCES CARE HOME CAMPAIGN Responding to the NHSX pledge to give 11,000 iPads to UK care homes, AI-powered pain assessment company, PainChek, has announced a one-off campaign to help UK care homes benefit from its technology. PainChek is offering all UK care homes a one-off unique voucher of up to £500 to cover the cost of product training for their staff so they can use the PainChek...
Man in mask uses smartphone
By Laura Lovett 11:51 am October 22, 2020
Wikimedia, parent company of Wikipedia, inked a deal with the World Health Organization focused on providing reliable and factual information about COVID-19.  As part of this new collaboration, WHO resources, including infographics, will be freely licensed and can be used on Wikipedia’s coronavirus coverage pages. WHO videos and infographics will also be housed on Wikimedia Commons, which...
PocDoc, BioSure, COVID-19

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By Sara Mageit 05:53 am October 22, 2020
Digital testing platform, PocDoc has launched a testing solution to employers wanting to get people back to work safely. The test is carried out via a finger prick with results being returned in 10 minutes. The results display if someone has an active COVID-19 infection based on the presence of early-onset antibodies and should immediately self-isolate. It will reveal if there is a presence of...
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By Dave Muoio 02:43 pm October 8, 2020
A new proof-of-concept machine learning system outlined in npj digital medicine could provide Bluetooth-based contact tracing tools with the means to quantify the risk of coronavirus transmission when device owners are in close proximity. The approach, researchers from the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin write, measures whether the received signal strength of a second party's...

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By Sara Mageit 05:47 am October 7, 2020
Digital Cancer Care company, Careology has partnered with The London General Practice to launch ‘Careology Connect.’ The platform will allow clinicians to remotely monitor their patient’s COVID-19 symptoms in real-time and intervene if medical attention is needed. WHY IT MATTERS Official advice states that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate, restricting movement and contact with...
COVID-19, middle east, Apps, Coronavirus, patient-centered care
By Dillan Yogendra 01:56 am September 30, 2020
The year 2020 will go down in history as one of the most challenging of our lifetime. Thinking back to January, none of us would have predicted the emergence of a pandemic-causing virus, let alone its devastating outcomes that have affected tens of millions of lives around the world so far. It has changed the way we do business, conduct events, and of course, report the news. Closer to home, we’...
By Dave Muoio 02:59 pm September 24, 2020
Google Maps will be receiving an update this week that shows users the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in an area, the tech company announced yesterday in a blog post. Through an option selected within the application, Maps will display a color-coded overlay communicating seven-day averages of new cases per 100,000 in that area, as well as a general indication of whether or not local incidence is...