population health

By  Dave Muoio 11:03 am January 6, 2021
Israeli researchers have recently detailed a new machine learning-based COVID-19 model that predicts a positive diagnosis from symptoms and – notably – is designed to be implemented among the general population. Published in npj Digital Medicine, the tool was developed and tested on roughly 100,000 reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing records recorded from Israeli...
By  Dave Muoio 12:28 pm September 8, 2020
Health research platform maker Vibrent Health announced last week that it has received a $39 million infusion from the National Institutes of Health to continue serving as the hub of the public research organization's All of Us Research Program. Founded in 2009, Vibrent Health's technology handles large-scale data collection, storage, analysis and security for research organizations, and includes...

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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...
By  Sara Mageit 04:06 am June 19, 2020
UK CONTACT TRACING APP SWITCH In a major U-turn, the UK is switching from its existing centralised contact tracing app to the technology provided by Google and Apple. At the Downing Street briefing, health secretary, Matt Hancock said the new app is months from being ready however said the government would not “put a date” on when the app will be launched. In a joint statement from Baroness Dido...
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  Dave Muoio 02:55 pm April 27, 2020
Implementation of either an automated or semi-automated deep learning system for diabetic retinopathy screening could lead to cost savings at the health-system level, according to an economic analysis modeling study recently published in The Lancet Digital Health. Backed by Singapore's Ministry of Health, the investigation looked at data from a national diabetic retinopathy screening program...