COVID-19

By Laura Lovett 02:25 pm April 3, 2020
Earlier this week Cellex became the first company to gain an FDA Emergency Use Authorization for a serology test. The test was designed to identify specific antibodies in the blood linked to coronavirus, which means it can be used to identify past coronavirus infections.  Before this test, the products on the market were designed to detect or diagnose if someone currently has the virus. ...

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By Piers Ford 08:40 am April 3, 2020
The lack of a co-ordinated approach to procurement is hampering the efforts of healthcare tech companies and innovators to meet the growing demand from healthcare delivery organisations for equipment and digitally-enabled remote services across Europe sparked by COVID-19. The European Commission’s widely welcomed adoption of decisions on harmonised standards for medical devices that will enable a...
By Dean Koh 02:53 am April 3, 2020
At the end of January, MobiHealthNews reported that Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center (SPHCC), was using California-based connected health startup VivaLNK’s continuous temperature sensor to monitor COVID-19 patients, which reduces the risks of caregivers being exposed to the virus. SPHCC recently announced that they are using Bluetooth IoT products and solutions provider Cassia Network’s...

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By HIMSS Media 04:04 pm April 2, 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 Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 2, 2020
Editor's note: On the same day this story was published, the FDA publicized the first Emergency Use Authorization of a serology test, Cellex Inc.’s qSARS-CoV-2 IgG/IgM Rapid Test. This story has been updated to reflect that development. On Tuesday morning, Los Angeles-based Bodysphere announced that it had received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a rapid COVID-19 serology test able to...
By Laura Lovett 04:34 pm April 1, 2020
Testing for COVID-19 has been somewhat of a roller coaster in the last few weeks. With each day, the FDA pushes forward in its efforts to expedite the review and rollout of sorely need COVID-19 diagnostic testing. It has enabled the Emergency Use Act, which relaxes standards during a time of crisis.  On March 30 the agency revealed that, since January, it has worked with more than 230 test...
By Dave Muoio 02:46 pm April 1, 2020
On Monday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai pulled back the curtain on a $200 million program that would combat the COVID-19 crisis by bankrolling telecommunications equipment and services for qualifying healthcare providers. The plan is fueled by funds appropriated in the $2 trillion CARES Act signed by Congress and President Donald Trump late last week. If approved after...

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By Tammy Lovell 08:08 am April 1, 2020
Nordic startup SideKickHealth is working with the COVID-19 response team in Iceland to provide its digital therapeutics platform to people who have been diagnosed with the virus. Its platform allows the remote triaging and managing of large numbers of people in isolation, who self-report on a panel of symptoms and measurements via a smartphone app multiple times a day.  Patients are assessed via...

Ralf-Gordon Jahns (pictured on the right) is the Managing Director of Research2Guidance, a leading market analyst and strategy consultancy company for the global digital health market.

By Ralf-Gordon Jahns 02:13 am April 1, 2020
The coronavirus is spreading around the world exponentially. Governments, healthcare providers, and businesses are introducing drastic measures to slow down the spreading of the virus.  There is a strong belief among digital health providers that their services can be of great help now. There are already more than 800 million users of digital health services globally, including symptom checkers,...

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By Sophie Porter 01:28 am April 1, 2020
Hospitech Respiration, an Israeli startup that designed and manufactures a device to prevent health complications caused by ventilator usage, is offering their product to Israeli hospitals battling the coronavirus free of charge. The AnapnoGuard device AG100s was developed to work alongside a ventilator in order to improve patient safety by preventing ventilator-enabled infections and limiting...