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By HIMSS Media 05:04 pm March 27, 2020
With the incidence of new COVID-19 cases growing by the day, healthcare stakeholders are continuing to search for tools and medications to help stem the tide.  We have seen the digital health community release a slew of new tools aiming to monitor the spread of the disease and facilitate better treatment. And it sounds as if there's still more to come, as just this morning CNBC reported that tech...
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 Tammy Lovell 07:43 am March 26, 2020
Dublin-based digital health firm patientMpower has developed a remote monitoring solution for COVID-19 on behalf of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE). This enables monitoring of otherwise healthy patients with mild to moderate symptoms who are in self-isolation.  The national programme is already operating across several hospitals in Ireland, including the Mater, St James's and Beaumont...
By Laura Lovett 04:17 pm March 25, 2020
The American Medical Association has created a new resource for doctors to turn to for advice on telehealth in the age of the coronavirus. It recently launched the AMA Telemedicine Quick Reference Guide, aimed at helping clinicians figure out best practices for implementing the tech. The guidelines cover everything from policy and coding to implementation. The association also kicked off a...
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,...

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By Ahmed El Sherif 10:33 am March 25, 2020
A Dubai-based entrepreneur has backed a British biotech research company currently working on an affordable vaccine to protect against COVID-19. Khurram Shroff, chairman of the UAE’s IBC Group, has donated a total of AED 5 million ($1.36m) to Vaxbio, also joining the company as a strategic advisor to assist with the development and communication of its corporate initiatives. Vaxbio, a research...

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By Tammy Lovell 05:40 am March 25, 2020
Clinical psychologists at medical device firm Flow Neuroscience have offered guidance to support and manage mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Swedish startup says that its brain stimulation headset is a modern drug-free treatment for depression, which does not require health services, such as the NHS.  Clinical studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the British...
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...

In response to the crisis, a variety of digital offerings have sprung up to ensure people can continue exercise while social distancing.

By Tammy Lovell 03:03 am March 24, 2020
As efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19, see gyms and sports facilities close throughout Europe, many people can no longer follow their usual exercise routines. To stay fit and healthy, the NHS advises adults to do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or around 20 to 30 minutes a day, but this may be difficult to achieve while homebound. In response to the crisis, a...
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...