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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 02:19 pm April 10, 2020
Two of the biggest names in technology have formed an unprecedented partnership to introduce health data-sharing and COVID-19 contact-tracing technologies to the lion's share of the smartphone market. In dual news releases published this afternoon, Apple and Google announced plans to launch APIs that will enable interoperability between iOS and Android products by way of official apps from public...

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By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 9, 2020
A research effort based out of MIT is looking to individuals' smartphones as tools for automatic COVID-19 contact tracing, but it's taking a unique approach that doesn't log GPS data or other potentially identifying information. Rather, the multi-organization Private Automatic Contact Tracing (PACT) team is turning to smartphones' Bluetooth functionality – or more specifically, the short-range...
By Sophie Porter 02:48 am March 27, 2020
Public Health England (PHE) informed the UK government that (25 March) home-testing kits that identify whether a person has ever been infected with COVID-19 could soon be available to order online and from chemists,. The simple finger-prick test should take no more than 15 minutes and will see members of the public extract blood from home and send their sample off for evaluation. It will not test...
By Dave Muoio 03:41 pm January 20, 2020
Resting heart rate and sleep duration data collected from Fitbit devices could help inform timely and accurate models of population-level influenza trends, according to a new Scripps Research Translational Institute study published online in The Lancet Digital Health last Friday. “Currently, CDC [influenza-like illness (ILI)] data are typically reported [one to three] weeks late and reported...
By Vasileios Nittas 05:14 am November 26, 2019
About the author: Vasileios Nittas is a doctoral candidate at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich. The opinions in this piece are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of MobiHealthNews or HIMSS. Electronic Public Health, or shorter, ePublic Health is an emerging 'joint venture' between tradition and innovation. It is the...
By Laura Lovett 11:27 am November 15, 2019
Following a slew of vaping-related deaths and other emerging health concerns, Apple has announced that it will pull down all 181 vaping apps from the App Store, Axios first reported.  "We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps. We’re constantly evaluating apps, and consulting the latest evidence, to determine risks to users’...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 12:42 pm June 24, 2019
After a new Innovate UK and EUREKA competition aiming to support medtech projects and a programme supporting women-led healthtech startups in Europe, another accelerator in the space is returning to Salford in England later this year. Fifteen health and medical startups will be chosen to participate in the second edition of the Greater Manchester Future of Health Challenge programme, organised by...
By Dave Muoio 02:33 pm March 8, 2019
Facebook has detailed its new strategy to curb the spread of vaccine misinformation on both its primary social media platform as well as Instagram. Broadly, these include efforts to reduce the prominence of (but not outright ban) certain flagged groups, pages and search results, as well as the adoption of a firm stance against advertising content including false statements about vaccination. “...