Coronavirus

By  Ahmed El Sherif 07:04 am March 31, 2021
An Abu Dhabi-based startup is claiming it has become the “first app in the world” to offer bookings for at-home COVID-19 vaccinations. Rizek, which specialises in on-demand personal and home services – such as DIY, tutoring, and beauty and wellness – has added a feature that enables anyone, subject to their location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to book a private COVID-19 vaccine to be...
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By  Sara Mageit 11:37 am March 26, 2021
DR JENNY HARRIES TO HEAD PANDEMIC UNIT According to The Times [behind paywall], deputy chief medical officer for England, Dr Jenny Harries is reportedly the preferred candidate for the chief executive of the recently announced UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Recommended by UK health secretary Matt Hancock, the appointment is yet to be approved by prime minister, Boris Johnson this month....
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By  Sara Mageit 11:51 am March 25, 2021
Spanish mobile operator, Yoigo, part of the telecommunications MásMóvil group brand, has launched a family package telemedicine service for its customers. At €6 per month, the Doctor Go telemedicine service offers video-consultations with family doctors and specialists, as well as telepharmacy services for electronic prescriptions and the delivery of medicines. WHY IT MATTERS Available from last...
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By  Sara Mageit 05:46 am March 16, 2021
London-based brain tech startup for digital therapy services, HelloSelf has raised a £5.5 million Series A funding round from VC firm OMERS Ventures. Harry Briggs, OMERS Ventures Managing Partner will join the board. WHY IT MATTERS In the UK, around 15 million people experience mental health issues each year. The Centre for Mental Health estimates up to 10 million people will need either new or...
COVID-19, Oxford University Hospitals
By  Sara Mageit 08:18 am March 15, 2021
The Israeli blood diagnostics company, Sight Diagnostics behind delivering lab-grade full blood count (FBC) results to emergency departments, has deployed Sight OLO at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT. The deployment allows FBC testing for patients attending the emergency departments in the UK and is supporting the validation of an AI triage system for COVID-19....
Vaccination programme, COVID-19, coronavirus
By  Sara Mageit 09:36 am March 8, 2021
In a Cell study, an experimental intranasal vaccine created by scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine has shown to bring about an immune response in the mucosa which prevents COVID-19 infection. Researchers have since developed an intranasal biotechnology spray which makes it difficult for the virus to attach to human cells, and when used daily it is able to block transmission...
By  Sara Mageit 10:16 am February 16, 2021
French medication intelligence company Synapse Medicine has rolled-out its Medication Shield technology in collaboration with the regional pharmacovigilance centers (CRPVs) and the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM). The technology claims to increase the safety of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in France by managing the adverse drug reactions (ADRs) signals...
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By  Sara Mageit 05:21 am February 4, 2021
Global health technology company, Royal Philips has launched the Philips Medical Tablet, a portable monitoring kit designed to help clinicians remotely monitor larger patient populations during emergency healthcare situations, like the COVID-19 pandemic. HOW IT WORKS   The Medical Tablet integrates with Philips IntelliVue XDS software to enable remote access of patient monitoring information,...
By  Laura Lovett 01:58 pm January 27, 2021
Twitter could play a role in predicting COVID-19 outbreaks across Europe, according to a new study published in Nature. The research compares the winter of 2019-2020 to the last five winters and found an uptick in levels of concern about pneumonia in regions that soon after became coronavirus hot spots. “[W]e have analyzed data from Twitter across a number of European countries to show that...
Digital tools
By  Sara Mageit 05:54 am January 20, 2021
A research report commissioned by digital transformation enabler, Mobiquity, and conducted by Censuswide, reveals that half of UK patients aged over 55 preferred digital tools instead of in-person consultations during COVID-19. The report entitled, 'COVID-19: Ensuring a quality patient experience with the rise of digitisation in a healthcare setting' surveyed 301 GPs and 3,009 patients in the UK...