Coronavirus

By Sara Mageit 06:56 am July 29, 2020
The MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge has launched a research project using a remote monitoring platform from digital health company Huma in the Fenland Study. Through Huma’s smartphone app, researchers will ask participants to provide detailed health data to provide insights into the detection and progression of COVID-19. The study will measure antibodies to determine how many...

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By Sara Mageit 05:49 am July 28, 2020
Celsium, the maker of wearable, medical-grade monitoring devices for measuring temperature, is raising capital for its expansion through private equity investment firm, Growthdeck. Celsium’s device is an armpit-mounted temperature sensor, which connects via Bluetooth to a smart monitoring platform. WHY IT MATTERS  The technology is the first core temperature-monitoring wearable product to be...
By Sara Mageit 09:02 am July 27, 2020
UK-based health information app producer, Expert Self Care, has launched the Coronavirus Support App which will enable people to access trusted health information and practical advice on a range of topics. WHAT IT DOES The app will help with general challenges brought on by the coronavirus crisis and will assess COVID-19 symptoms, discover how to stay well and what to do next. Accessible offline...
By Andrey Ostrovsky, MD 11:04 am July 20, 2020
About the author: Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky is the former chief medical officer of the U.S. Medicaid program. He is now the managing partner at Social Innovation Ventures where he invests in and advises companies and nonprofits dedicated to eliminating disparities. (See his relevant portfolio investments here.) He is also a practicing pediatrician. The COVID-19-induced state of Public Health Emergency...
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’,...

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By Sara Mageit 06:49 am July 14, 2020
The Investigating the Effectiveness of Virtual Physiotherapy report by independent provider of physiotherapy, Ascenti, has captured data on patients’ openness to virtual treatment, pain improvements on a 10-point Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) and satisfaction with outcomes. Results showed that it is just as effective as and, in some cases more effective than, in-person treatment. WHY IT MATTERS...

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By Rachel McArthur 02:13 am July 13, 2020
United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based ViroMasks has launched a reusable face mask that it claims is able to eliminate the COVID-19 virus within half an hour of contact.  ViroMasks’ fabric is embedded with HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03, an “intelligent textile technology” designed to eliminate a range of bacteria and viruses that come into contact with its surface. Owned by HeiQ Group, which is part of the...

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By Sara Mageit 06:55 am July 6, 2020
In response to findings showing concern about mental health issues linked to social distancing measures and lockdown easing, Superdrug is partnering with My Online Therapy, the UK's leading online therapy platform, to provide access to qualified mental health services to people in the UK.  WHY IT MATTERS New research conducted among over 3,000 Superdrug customers has revealed that 65% of people...

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By Sara Mageit 10:30 am July 2, 2020
VR TRAINING FOR CARE WORKERS IMPROVES INFECTION CONTROL A study carried out as part of the government funded TechForce19 challenge has shown that when carers receive training via immersive digital technology, including VR, it can improve understanding of infection control measures by 76% and knowledge retention of health and safety guidelines by 230%. As part of a randomised control...

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By Ahmed El Sherif 08:22 am June 25, 2020
Etihad Airways has launched a COVID-19 risk assessment tool that will “empower guests to make informed decisions about travelling,” it announced in a statement. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates partnered with Vienna-based healthcare technology company Medicus AI to provide this offering. The tool works by guiding would-be Etihad travellers through a 22-question assessment that’s...