COVID-19

By Dave Muoio 04:34 pm September 18, 2020
COVID-19 may not be the first pandemic the world has faced, but the virus' challenge comes amidst widespread skepticism of longstanding public health institutions. Government-led responses to outbreaks have varied from country to country, and incongruent messaging between political leaders, health agencies and other sources of information have fueled varying levels of concern and distrust among...
By Sara Mageit 04:49 am September 18, 2020
London-based startup DrDoctor has secured £3m in Series A investment from venture capital firms, Ananda Impact Ventures and 24Haymarket. The funding will be used to expand its digital services platform and increase its reach across the United Kingdom. The startup will also help partner trusts to break the backlog in care caused by COVID-19, including cancer care, which is now over 10 million...
By Dave Muoio 03:35 pm September 17, 2020
The increased adoption of virtual care technologies during the COVID-19 public health emergency is fairly well documented by this point, but a widespread embrace of health technologies is providing a similar upswell on individual niches within the digital health landscape. One such group of beneficiaries are the companies working to develop, validate and distribute digital therapeutics. Speaking...
By Dave Muoio 03:15 pm September 15, 2020
A new survey conducted among consumers and IT professionals by data security company SecureAge Technology suggests that the clear majority of these groups believe COVID-19 contact-tracing technologies put individuals' personally identifiable information at risk. Despite this, both groups generally believed that these types of tools could help cut down the impact of the disease, and would support...
By Andrew Dudum and Joel White 10:44 am September 11, 2020
About the authors: Andrew Dudum is the CEO and founder of Hims & Hers, a consumer-facing digital health company offering telehealth services. Joel White is executive director of the Health Innovation Alliance, a coalition of health and technology leaders who support policies that use technology and data to make healthcare work better. Outside of these positions, Dudum and White report no...
By Tammy Lovell 03:16 am September 11, 2020
British startup iAbra has launched a screening device which can deliver COVID-19 test results in 20 seconds. After a successful three-week trial at London’s Heathrow Airport, CEO John Holland-Kaye urged the UK government to fast-track the Virolens system, which he says is quicker and cheaper than the currently used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. The technology, which is about to undergo...
By Rosy Matheson 10:49 am September 9, 2020
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already being used in advanced medical settings and it has multiple applications including, wearable technology, precision medicine and virtual clinics. In some cases, it can even interpret test results more accurately than physicians. While most of us are just beginning to realise the full potential of AI, some entrepreneurs are way ahead. But how can they build...

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By Dean Koh 10:23 am September 9, 2020
The Smart Nation and Digital Government Office under the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore announced that the Singapore Government will begin nation-wide distribution of TraceTogether (TT) Tokens to the general public at community sites from 14 September 2020 onwards, with the aim to complete the distribution by November. Distribution of the Tokens will begin at communities with higher...
By Dave Muoio 01:47 pm September 4, 2020
By pulling anonymized, publicly available location data from mobile devices, researchers have found that the U.S. population generally complied with stay-at-home orders issued by state officials this spring. The analysis, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), is the latest to use personal devices and the data they generate to describe behaviors relevant to public...

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By Tammy Lovell 11:20 am September 4, 2020
As Israel faces a second wave of COVID-19, the Sheba Medical Centre is one of several major hospitals across the country to introduce a new respiratory guard system to prevent ventilator-associated complications in patients. Israeli medical device startup Hospitech Respiration offered the AnapnoGuard system to hospitals in the country, on a free loan-basis in March. The solution was first...