COVID-19

Credit: Etihad

By Ahmed El Sherif 08:22 am June 25, 2020
Etihad Airways has launched a COVID-19 risk assessment tool that will “empower guests to make informed decisions about travelling,” it announced in a statement. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates partnered with Vienna-based healthcare technology company Medicus AI to provide this offering. The tool works by guiding would-be Etihad travellers through a 22-question assessment that’s...

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By Sophie Porter 01:43 am June 25, 2020
Thermavis, the AI-powered thermal imaging system, has launched the Multi-Person Thermal Scanner following a £3 million investment in research and development. The non-intrusive scanner can accurately read the body temperature of up to six people at once with an accuracy of 0.5 degrees centigrade. The scanner can be used to help protect workers from COVID-19 by remotely detecting individuals with...
By Jonah Comstock 02:31 pm June 24, 2020
COVID-19 has rapidly changed the world for nearly everyone, especially for those working in and around the healthcare space. Digital health entrepreneurs are no exception. As the markets they serve, the investors who fund them and the patients they’re trying to help all grapple with how the pandemic has changed their world, many startups are finding they have to pivot in order to survive. “It’s...
By Dave Muoio 01:46 pm June 24, 2020
Verily and CVS Health are among the latest big names lending their health and technology expertise to reopening businesses. Both companies have announced new enterprise offerings incorporating COVID-19 testing, symptom checking, clinical support, data analysis and app-based tools for employees. Verily's approach, called Healthy at Work, incorporates local, onsite and mail testing services into a...
By Sara Mageit 10:40 am June 24, 2020
Ireland’s health authority has expressed plans to go ahead with the launch of their contact tracing app, which will be submitted to Google and Apple for downloading from their app stores at some point this week. The Health Service Executive (HSE) will firstly submit a memo to government this week on the status of the technology, which has been under development over the past few months. Subject...
By Philipp Grätzel von Grätz 06:36 am June 24, 2020
With the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic tapering off at least in parts of the world, governments in many countries are working towards providing a framework of infection surveillance and infection control measures that hopefully allow economies to restart and lift most of the lockdown measures that were implemented in March and April. The minimum goal would be to move from an...

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By Sara Mageit 04:23 am June 24, 2020
With the aim to improve how sites are managed and to promote wellbeing in the construction sector, national framework organisation Pagabo has partnered up with health tech company Moodbeam to launch a wearable device called Moodbeam One, enabling construction workers to capture mood in real-time. The wearable wrist band will allow workers to log how they feel by pressing yellow when they’re...
By Laura Lovett 01:16 pm June 23, 2020
Canada is the latest in a long line of countries looking toward contact tracing apps. Two of its tech giants, BlackBerry and Shopify, are joining forces to work with provincial and federal governments on the tools, according to a Reuters report.  The new tech, which employs Bluetooth technology, is expected to launch in July in Ottawa. Dubbed COVID Alert, its users can tell the system if they...
By Dave Muoio 03:29 pm June 22, 2020
Mental health and wellness app use has been on the rise during the past few months of COVID-19, but new quarantines and disease concerns may not be fueling the spike in new users or other metrics. According to a recent data report from Apptopia, increases among the 15 most popular of these apps have been in lockstep with the gradual trend of rising engagement that the mobile app market-...
By Ahmed El Sherif 09:00 am June 19, 2020
Bahrain and Kuwait are using their COVID-19 contact tracing apps as mass surveillance tools, it has emerged. According to a new report released by Amnesty International, the two Gulf states, along with Norway, have released “some of the most invasive COVID-19 contact tracing apps around the world, putting the privacy and security of hundreds of thousands of people at risk.” In its investigation,...