Coronavirus

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By Piers Ford 05:15 am May 5, 2020
Digital triage tool eConsult has helped some GP practices to reverse their usual ratio of face-to-face/remote patient consultations since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK, with one multi-site practice estimating that 90% of its digital consultations are now completed remotely. Previously, up to 45% would usually lead to a face-to-face appointment. Dr Mark Harmon, an urgent care consultant and...
By Laura Lovett 02:16 pm May 4, 2020
This month has kicked off with a slew of announcements about tracing efforts. From India’s new policy requiring all workers to download its government app to China’s new fever-senseing glasses, governments are looking for ways to keep tabs on the virus.  As of today, all Indian employers are responsible for making sure their domestic employees – in both the public and private sector, download a...
By Piers Ford 08:23 am May 4, 2020
EIT Health is to fund 14 health innovation projects across Europe in the latest phase of its contribution to the fight against COVID-19. The projects – which have been allocated more than €6 million between them - were selected through EIT Health’s Rapid Response initiative, which aims to fast-track the development of tools and systems that could have an immediate impact on management of the...

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By HIMSS Media 04:21 pm May 1, 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 04:11 pm May 1, 2020
It's no secret the novel coronavirus has particularly impacted communities of color as it sweeps across the United States. But as digital health tools emerge to respond, leaders in the African American medical community caution that those who are creating such tools need to involve diverse voices and work to understand the causes of the disparities if they are to be effective.    Data about the...

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By Tammy Lovell 06:46 am May 1, 2020
A global study from French digital health company Withings has analysed the physical activity, weight, sleep patterns, exercise rituals, temperature, night-time breathing disturbances and heart rate irregularities of its users during the COVID-19 crisis. The Lockdown Lowdown study compares the behaviour of users in countries including the UK, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, the US and China,...
By Laura Lovett 04:12 pm April 30, 2020
Welcome to the USA. Swedish telehealth platform Kry is moving across the Atlantic and launching its services in the U.S., according to CNBC. It will be offering LIVI, its digital doctor consultation service that lets patients request a visit via the app. Patients can access a doctor for physical conditions and behavioral health.  In January the startup scored €140 million ($155 million) Series C...
By Laura Lovett 04:18 pm April 29, 2020
Pear Therapeutics is rolling out its new digital therapeutic aimed at treating schizophrenia for limited distribution, after the FDA loosened up its regulations for digital psychiatric disorders devices during the coronavirus crisis.  The new tool, called Pear-004, uses multimodal neurobehavioral interventions combined with antipsychotic medications. Patients with schizophrenia can use the tool...

Professor Shafi Ahmed, chief medical officer and cofounder of Medical Realities, said: “We saw a need for a central credible repository of information for healthcare workers."

By Tammy Lovell 09:54 am April 29, 2020
UK-based health tech firm Medical Realities has launched a free online resource to train healthcare workers in essential, safe and core practices for COVID-19. The resource, called Covid med ed, brings together training, research and guidelines for medical students, the NHS and healthcare professionals worldwide. Features include access to latest COVID-19 guidelines, reviews of the latest...

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By Tammy Lovell 04:28 am April 29, 2020
French digital health firm Withings has unveiled its latest sleep-tracking device - a mat which can be used to detect sleep apnea. When placed underneath a mattress, Sleep Analyzer uses its advanced sensors to analyse sleep and snoring episodes.   It utilises a pneumatic sensor to measure respiratory rate, body movement and continuous heart rate in order to track users’ sleep cycles (deep, light...