Coronavirus

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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...

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By Sophie Porter 01:43 am June 25, 2020
Thermavis, the AI-powered thermal imaging system, has launched the Multi-Person Thermal Scanner following a £3 million investment in research and development. The non-intrusive scanner can accurately read the body temperature of up to six people at once with an accuracy of 0.5 degrees centigrade. The scanner can be used to help protect workers from COVID-19 by remotely detecting individuals with...
By Dave Muoio 01:46 pm June 24, 2020
Verily and CVS Health are among the latest big names lending their health and technology expertise to reopening businesses. Both companies have announced new enterprise offerings incorporating COVID-19 testing, symptom checking, clinical support, data analysis and app-based tools for employees. Verily's approach, called Healthy at Work, incorporates local, onsite and mail testing services into a...
By Philipp Grätzel von Grätz 06:36 am June 24, 2020
With the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic tapering off at least in parts of the world, governments in many countries are working towards providing a framework of infection surveillance and infection control measures that hopefully allow economies to restart and lift most of the lockdown measures that were implemented in March and April. The minimum goal would be to move from an...

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By Sara Mageit 04:23 am June 24, 2020
With the aim to improve how sites are managed and to promote wellbeing in the construction sector, national framework organisation Pagabo has partnered up with health tech company Moodbeam to launch a wearable device called Moodbeam One, enabling construction workers to capture mood in real-time. The wearable wrist band will allow workers to log how they feel by pressing yellow when they’re...
By HIMSS Media 05:02 pm June 19, 2020
Following up on last week's episode, host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Associate Editor Dave Muoio chat with Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. As well as picking up on the thread of COVID-19's effect on the burgeoning field of virtual medicine, Speigel also talks about some of his own experiences with therapeutic VR, lays...