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By Laura Lovett 03:25 pm October 26, 2020
When it comes to tackling a pandemic, global collaboration and data sharing are key, according to speakers at this week’s World Health Summit.  “There has been a huge fragmentation, a huge multiplication of approaches within countries, between countries,” Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the World Health Organization, said during a panel discussion. “In a pandemic, there is no sense in...
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By Laura Lovett 11:51 am October 22, 2020
Wikimedia, parent company of Wikipedia, inked a deal with the World Health Organization focused on providing reliable and factual information about COVID-19.  As part of this new collaboration, WHO resources, including infographics, will be freely licensed and can be used on Wikipedia’s coronavirus coverage pages. WHO videos and infographics will also be housed on Wikimedia Commons, which...
By Laura Lovett 08:45 am September 11, 2020
The 2020s are seeing a silver surge as populations around the world continue to age. While Japan has the highest percentage of senior citizens in the world, other countries in Europe and North America are quickly catching up. However, an ageing society could mean new potential for health and the economy, according panelist at the 'Silver Health & Economy: New Demographics, New Opportunities'...
By Laura Lovett 02:19 pm July 23, 2020
Within the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, Europe was one of the hardest hit regions. When the disease first began to spread, countries quickly looked for ways to treat the virus and stop the transmission. This led to the deployment of a vast array of digital tools. “The WHO has been advocating for many years to strategically invest in digital health and digital health systems, be...
By Dave Muoio 04:14 pm July 10, 2020
The World Health Organization has announced a new smoking cessation initiative that will combine free nicotine replacement therapies with an artificial intelligence-based "virtual health worker." The digital tool comes from virtual-avatar-maker Soul Machines, and aims to dispel misinformation about COVID-19 and tobacco use while helping develop personalized plans to quit smoking. Florence, as she...

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By Laura Lovett 04:06 pm May 11, 2020
Under resourced countries may be getting a coronavirus app thanks to new efforts from the World Health Organization, Reuters reports.  The organization plans to roll out a new app that will help people figure out if they are symptomatic of the coronavirus. According to the Reuter’s report, down the pipeline WHO may be rolling out a Bluetooth-based coronavirus tracing app for middle- and low-...
By Laura Lovett 01:55 pm February 5, 2020
Facebook is looking to curb misinformation about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak by removing false claims and conspiracy theories about the disease posted on its social media platforms.  In a recent blog post, the company announced that it is working with a network of third-party fact checkers to review information. If a piece of information is rated as false, the company pledges to limits its...
By Dave Muoio 03:37 pm September 10, 2019
Apple today announced that it will be launching three new Apple Watch health studies in partnership with major healthcare and academic organizations, including the World Health Organization, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and others. These upcoming studies will capture data regarding participants’ sound exposure, menstrual cycles, heart rate and physical activity. Each will be open to U.S. Apple...
By Laura Lovett 03:04 pm April 17, 2019
From drones delivering blood in Rwanda, to blockchain health records in Estonia it is clear to see that digital health tools have spread worldwide. But how these systems are being implemented varies greatly depending on the government, region and resources.  Today the World Health Organization (WHO) released 10 guidelines for how countries can use digital health tools to improve patient care. The...
By Heather Mack 05:12 pm March 1, 2017
Digital approaches to healthcare may have the potential to significantly expand coverage and improve the quality and efficiency of patient care, but implementing these new technologies come with challenges of their own, including fragmented data streams, limited resources and ineffective collaboration across multiple sectors. What’s more, access to most basic requirement of digital health...