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By Dave Muoio 03:14 pm September 1, 2020
Apple and Google are refining their COVID-19 contact tracing framework to fast-track enrollment and, for Apple device owners, completely forego the need to download a separate app, representatives of the companies announced today. Launched today on iPhones with the iOS 13.7 update, "Exposure Notifications Express" sends device owners in participating states a push notification with the option to...
By Andrey Ostrovsky, MD 11:04 am July 20, 2020
About the author: Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky is the former chief medical officer of the U.S. Medicaid program. He is now the managing partner at Social Innovation Ventures where he invests in and advises companies and nonprofits dedicated to eliminating disparities. (See his relevant portfolio investments here.) He is also a practicing pediatrician. The COVID-19-induced state of Public Health Emergency...
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 Dave Muoio 11:59 am June 17, 2020
An unusual summer playoff format will once again have NBA superstars competing for their championship rings, but behind the scenes all players entering the Disney World "bubble" will have the option to monitor their via health sensor-laden smart rings, The Athletic reports. Citing a health-and-safety manual distributed to players by the National Basketball Players Association, the sports...
By Dave Muoio 09:33 am June 16, 2020
With much of the world gradually returning to work after COVID-19 lockdowns, Fitbit sees a new opportunity to engage its employer customers with device- and app-driven health monitoring. The company today announced what it's calling its Ready for Work solution, a service comprising a daily health check-in for employees and an analytics dashboard for their employers, both of which are being...
By Dave Muoio 03:30 pm June 9, 2020
Apple COVID screener now updates the CDC. A COVID-19 screening tool first released by Apple in late March can now report users' symptoms, location, health background and other health characteristics to the CDC. The goal is to help the public health agency aggregate more incidence and case data, which can be used to better inform the public about the disease and its risk factors. These data are...
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...
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...
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...