COVID-19

By Dave Muoio 02:52 pm June 4, 2020
This morning real-world behavioral data analysis company Evidation Health announced a research initiative that will analyze behavior and symptom data to develop an early warning algorithm for COVID-19. Funded by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the effort will work with 4YouandMe – a nonprofit that helps individuals...

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By Dean Koh 05:43 am June 4, 2020
Founded by a medical doctor and an engineer in 2017, Japanese medtech startup Ubie which focuses on AI-based applications announced that it has raised $18.7M (JPY2 billion) in Series B funding led by SUZUKEN CO., LTD., a listed pharmaceutical distributor company in Japan. The pharma company has also entered into a strategic partnership with Ubie. The startup will use the fresh funds to scale up...

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By Rachel McArthur 01:35 am June 4, 2020
The Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region’s leading manufacturer of hygienic products has released promising results that its medical masks can protect against pathogens, including the coronavirus causing COVID-19. Now, its Swiss technology partner is hoping to expand on its distribution, with a focus to launch in the US. In collaboration with the University of Arizona, Fine Hygienic...
By Dave Muoio 01:25 pm June 3, 2020
Medical-training video game-maker Level Ex has added new levels to two of its mobile games that are designed to help providers practice for challenged COVID-19 patient scenarios. The new additions are available as a free update to the company's Airway Ex and Pulm Ex games, and were developed using support from a Johnson & Johnson Institute educational grant. To build them, the company said...
By Dave Muoio 02:04 pm June 2, 2020
A large portion of COVID-19 apps available in the Google Play Store ask users for advanced access permissions, but very few indicate to users that collected data will be made anonymous and secured, according to an analysis of 50 such apps published recently in Nature Medicine. The investigation – conducted by two researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Illinois...

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By Tammy Lovell 10:44 am June 2, 2020
Israeli medical device company, Hospitech Respiration, has developed a respiratory guard system which reduces ventilation complications in intubated patients and minimises the exposure of clinical teams to contamination.  The AnapnoGuard consists of an automatic control unit (AG100s) and a proprietary multi lumen endotracheal tube, which prevents complications such as hospital acquired pneumonia...

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By Sophie Porter 01:40 am June 2, 2020
Oxford-based location technology scale-up Navenio have been awarded around £50,000 in funding from the Fast Start funding scheme run by Innovate UK and the UK government, the maximum amount available to an individual business. The Fast Start competition was set up by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to promote and foster UK technology and research innovations to...
By Dave Muoio 02:34 pm June 1, 2020
With more patients and providers being exposed to telehealth and virtual care, a report published Friday by McKinsey predicts that as much as $250 billion of current U.S. healthcare spending could theoretically be virtualized. The key change has been the often-publicized surge of telehealth adoption accompanying the COVID-19 public health emergency. Citing a handful of recent consumer and...
By Arnol Rios 04:57 pm May 29, 2020
About the author: Arnol Rios is head of business development at Takeoff Point, a Sony company that provides the mSafety Platform in North America. As companies look to fast-track availability of their mobile health solutions amid COVID-19, they are facing a variety of hurdles. Despite these challenges, organizations are more motivated than ever to identify ways to make their mobile health...
By Dave Muoio 03:22 pm May 29, 2020
The leading digital health narrative emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic has been the rise of telehealth and live video consultations as a reliable modality for delivering care. In many ways, it was a case of preparation meeting opportunity – years of pilot programs, platform refinements, public funding projects and a number of very well established players all ready to adapt and expand when...