Coronavirus

By Leontina Postelnicu 03:56 am February 24, 2020
The NHS in England has announced that it is piloting home testing for coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK went up to 13 on Sunday (23 February). The new approach means that patients will no longer have to go to NHS sites to get tested, with nurses, paramedics and other staff visiting them in their own homes. Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director...
By MobiHealthNews 04:20 pm February 21, 2020
COVID-19, perhaps still better known as novel coronavirus, is a dangerous and rapidly spreading disease that governments and healthcare stakeholders are working around the world to contain. But how is new technology shaping the narrative of this epidemic, and is it making it easier to manage than previous outbreaks? In today's HIMSSCast, we explore that question with host and Editor-in-Chief...
By Jonah Comstock 03:44 pm February 19, 2020
This story has been updated to include additional information. Israel’s Sheba Medical Center is preparing to take custody of the 12 Israeli passengers onboard the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship that has been quarantined in Japan for several weeks because of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The group does not include any confirmed cases — the two Israelis in that number are being treated in a hospital...

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By HIMSS Media 04:06 pm February 14, 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...

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By Dean Koh 04:17 am February 14, 2020
Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), the national HIT agency in Singapore, has partnered with local healthcare AI startup KroniKare to pilot iThermo – an AI-powered temperature screening solution that screens and identifies those having or showing symptoms of fever. iThermo is currently being piloted at IHiS headquarters in Serangoon North and St. Andrews Community Hospital (SACH) from...
By Laura Lovett 02:04 pm February 11, 2020
As cases of the COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) continue to spread across China and beyond, the Chinese government has released a new app intended to help citizens check whether they came into contact with the virus.  App users are asked to register a phone number, name and ID number in or to see if they were in contact with someone infected, according to Chinese state media outlet Xinhua, which...

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By Laura Lovett 02:57 pm February 6, 2020
It’s hard to flip on the TV and not see some mention of the novel coronavirus. The number of cases reported has continued to rise daily, as the World Health Organization reports that the virus has spread to 25,000 individuals across 25 countries.  However, a biproduct of the disease has been fear, according to Buoy Health Founder and CEO Dr. Andrew Le.  Increasingly startups and innovators are...

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By Dean Koh 02:18 am February 6, 2020
A group of researchers led by Assistant Professor Shao Huilin at the Institute for Health Innovation & Technology (iHealthtech) located at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is working on the development of a rapid Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) detection kit, based on the enVision technology platform which they invented in 2018. HOW IT WORKS Traditional polymerase chain reaction...
By Laura Lovett 01:55 pm February 5, 2020
Facebook is looking to curb misinformation about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak by removing false claims and conspiracy theories about the disease posted on its social media platforms.  In a recent blog post, the company announced that it is working with a network of third-party fact checkers to review information. If a piece of information is rated as false, the company pledges to limits its...