Coronavirus

By Aline Noizet 02:16 am April 29, 2020
Dr. Morcillo is the director of internal medicine Hospital Cima Sanitas in Barcelona and the medical director of Sanitas digital hospital. He is an active advocate and user of digital technologies in his daily practice. He will join the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Digital Event (7-11 September 2020) as an expert in the session on digital therapeutics. The below Q&A has been edited for...
By Laura Lovett 03:10 pm April 28, 2020
This morning behemoth lab test company Quest Diagnostics announced that it will be offering a “consumer initiated” COVID-19 antibody test for $119.  Dubbed Quest Direct, the service will let consumers request the antibody test through an online platform. Once the request is initiated it is sent to a licensed physician, who greenlights the testing order. Patients can then go to a Quest service...

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By Tammy Lovell 09:39 am April 28, 2020
French telehealth provider Doctolib has ranked among the top three most-used video-consultation services in the world since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 100,000 online consultations are taking place per day on the platform, compared to around 1,000 a day before the health crisis. The other two most widely used video-consultation services worldwide are the US firm Teladoc and Chinese...
By Marianna Imenokhoeva 01:19 am April 28, 2020
Many European countries are making their first steps on the way to restart economic and social activities, balancing their goals to minimise the impact on citizens' health and to keep capacities of healthcare systems under control. Despite the timing, detailed plans differ between countries depending on the degree of being affected and myriad other factors - though there is a general framework...
By Laura Lovett 04:13 pm April 27, 2020
While governments and tech titans are rushing to create contact-tracing apps to curb the spread of COVID-19, a new review published by the Ada Lovelace Institute in the United Kingdom says not so fast.   “Based on the current evidence in this review, the significant technical limitations, and deep social risks, of digital contact tracing outweigh the value offered to the crisis response,” authors...

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By Sophie Porter 01:44 am April 27, 2020
NHS Digital and NHSX have announced the national rollout of digital interoperability system GP Connect to all NHS GP surgeries and specialist care centres. The programme will enable secure sharing of patient information across primary care services, enabling more efficient access to care for patients. WHY IT MATTERS GP Connect enables patients to book in and receive care from surgeries other than...
By Piers Ford 09:43 am April 26, 2020
Deploying contact tracing earlier in the UK would have saved lives, an epidemiologist working with the government on the forthcoming NHS tracing app has told the BBC. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on 26 April, Professor Christophe Fraser from the Oxford Big Data Institute said he thought lives would have been saved if a contact tracing policy had been pursued earlier in the outbreak. “I worked...

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By Piers Ford 09:49 am April 24, 2020
The UK government’s system allowing keyworkers to book COVID-19 tests stopped accepting applications just hours after going live, due to overwhelming demand. The system was announced by the secretary of state for health Matt Hancock on 23 April and launched the following day but by mid-morning, visitors to the gov.uk web page were being told to check back later. The Department of Health and...

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By Sophie Porter 05:01 am April 24, 2020
PANDO HEALTH HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE NHS LIBRARY Clinical messaging app Pando Health has been added to the NHS Library after official approval by NHS Digital. The app, which was launched in 2018, was founded by NHS staff and designed with NHS staff in mind. The platform allows staff to communicate safely with each other between wards and care teams to share advice, test results and other...

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By Sophie Porter 01:53 am April 24, 2020
Limbix Italia have supplied Schiavonia COVID Hospital with VR headsets in a bid to improve the psychological and emotional wellbeing of its staff. The virtual reality hardware uses visualisation and guided breathing techniques to reduce stress and anxiety in healthcare workers and support staff working long shifts treating patients suffering from coronavirus. The new virtual healthcare system was...