COVID-19

By Dave Muoio 04:14 pm July 10, 2020
The World Health Organization has announced a new smoking cessation initiative that will combine free nicotine replacement therapies with an artificial intelligence-based "virtual health worker." The digital tool comes from virtual-avatar-maker Soul Machines, and aims to dispel misinformation about COVID-19 and tobacco use while helping develop personalized plans to quit smoking. Florence, as she...
By Dave Muoio 03:16 pm July 9, 2020
Satisfaction with COVID-19 screening chatbots and adherence to the information they provide is primarily driven by the user's perception of the tool's ability, according to research recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Conducted by researchers from Indiana University and Temple University's respective business schools, the investigation asked...
By Dave Muoio 03:01 pm July 8, 2020
A new app announced this morning by PureTech Health spinout Sonde Health will listen to employees' voices to determine whether they have a potential respiratory condition and shouldn't return to work. The Sonde One app combines a COVID-19 questionnaire, user-reported temperature and a six-second voice sample to render its judgement and provide guidance to the employee. These guidances can be...

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By Ahmed El Sherif 10:01 am July 7, 2020
A Sharjah-based healthcare company has announced its latest venture; what it is dubbing the “Middle East’s first e-hospital”. Mulk Healthcare, which is part of the UAE’s Mulk Holdings International, has unveiled its digital hospital project designed to bring “disruptive futuristic healthcare solutions to consumers of the GCC,” it said in a statement. Launching as a downloadable app this August,...

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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 Tammy Lovell 04:16 am July 3, 2020
UK health tech firm Zesty has launched an online booking solution for acute and community NHS trusts to enable all staff to book COVID-19 antibody tests on their smartphone, laptop or computer in less than 60 seconds. Supported by online training tutorials, how to guides and videos, a JIRA support helpdesk and team training sessions, the solution is currently enabling thousands of NHS staff...

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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 Sara Mageit 06:41 am June 29, 2020
The European Open Science Cloud Secretariat initiative has approved €1,235,000 in emergency funding for 32 projects to specifically tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the new apps the initiative is supporting is called Tracing Ireland’s Population (TIP), which will focus on giving users with coronavirus symptoms ownership of their personal data and will be available to download on 10 July. WHY...
By Anthony Pannozzo 04:20 pm June 25, 2020
About the author: Anthony Pannozzo is chief design officer (for North American and Asia) and global healthcare lead at frog, a design consultancy and a company of the Altran Group. Healthcare has often been accused (fairly and unfairly) of being too slow to change or adapt to new technologies and the ideas they inspire. While change is hard for everyone, in a space like healthcare change meets...
By Dave Muoio 02:34 pm June 25, 2020
Cancelled conference data trickles out. Digital respiratory-health company Propeller Health recently shared new study data that were accepted for presentation at the now cancelled Society of Behavioral Medicine 2020 Annual Meeting. The first of the three abstracts described a sample of 617 adults with asthma or COPD, in which older patients engaged with Propeller's app for longer periods of time...