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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 Laura Lovett 11:35 am June 18, 2020
It’s been a rocky road for the UK’s contact-tracing app. The U.K. is now turning back to using Apple and Google’s tracing model, BBC first reported. This news comes a little over a month after the U.K. announced its plans not to use Apple and Google’s much-anticipated contact-tracing tool, as originally planned, according to the BBC. At the time, the NHSX – which works on the UK’s digital health...
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett 03:27 pm June 5, 2020
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others have lit a powder keg in the U.S. and abroad, leading to nearly two weeks of protests and demonstrations that highlight the pervasive and long-standing issues of racism, racial inequality and police brutality.  As public pressure mounts on those in positions to create change, a number of technology and health organizations have...
By Laura Lovett 03:43 pm May 27, 2020
For quite a while now, tech titans Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Apple have been quickly gaining prominence in the healthcare industry. In a new report, CB Insights dives into what each of the companies are up to and possible next moves.  First, Facebook, the report shines light on the fact that it has the ability to look at huge swaths of user data and behaviors. It also looks at how...
By Dave Muoio 03:48 pm May 20, 2020
Roughly a month after first announcing their unprecedented collaboration, Apple and Google have updated their devices' operating systems today with the first component of their contact tracing API. Referred to by the companies as "Exposure Notifications," the technology aims to help public health agencies deploy apps that tell individuals when they may have been exposed to another person with...
By Laura Lovett 04:12 pm April 30, 2020
Welcome to the USA. Swedish telehealth platform Kry is moving across the Atlantic and launching its services in the U.S., according to CNBC. It will be offering LIVI, its digital doctor consultation service that lets patients request a visit via the app. Patients can access a doctor for physical conditions and behavioral health.  In January the startup scored €140 million ($155 million) Series C...
By MobiHealthNews 04:23 pm April 27, 2020
Thanks, but we've got this. The U.K. has decided not to use Apple and Google’s much-anticipated Bluetooth contact tracing tool as originally planned, according to the BBC. Apple and Google’s model pitches a decentralized system for tracing, while the NHSX – which works on the UK’s digital health efforts – is proposing a centralized system. NHS officials told the BBC that the centralized system...
By Laura Lovett 04:13 pm April 27, 2020
While governments and tech titans are rushing to create contact-tracing apps to curb the spread of COVID-19, a new review published by the Ada Lovelace Institute in the United Kingdom says not so fast.   “Based on the current evidence in this review, the significant technical limitations, and deep social risks, of digital contact tracing outweigh the value offered to the crisis response,” authors...
By Laura Lovett 11:40 am April 20, 2020
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that self-reported coronavirus symptoms from surveys posted on Facebook and Google correlate to test-confirmed cases. These results will now be part of the university’s new disease forecast map COVIDcast, which will also include data from others like the Quidel Corp.  While individual results of the Carnegie Mellon study weren’t shared with...
By MobiHealthNews 04:52 pm April 10, 2020
Even before today's big announcement from Apple and Google, it was clear that phone-based contact tracking was going to be an important weapon in the war against COVID-19. But might that weapon be a double-edged sword? In today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock is joined by the MobiHealthNews team – Managing Editor Laura Lovett and Associate Editor Dave Muoio – to discuss the various companies,...