March 3, 2021
In honor of World Hearing Day today, Apple and the University of Michigan (along with the World Health Organization) have released preliminary data from the Apple Hearing Study announced back in September 2019.
"WHO estimates that there's about 450 million people around the world that have a hearing loss. That's a tremendous public health burden – there's not many other conditions that even...
Credit: Nudge wristband device
November 16, 2020
UK tech company PIVOT1080 has launched a smart wristband to train people to stop touching their face, a common transmission route for COVID-19.
The ‘Nudge’ band uses behavioural science and AI to differentiate between over 1,000 different hand movements and to psychologically 'nudge' the wearer.
Using gesture recognition to calculate hand movements, the device vibrates when it identifies the...
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...
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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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-...
March 18, 2020
As cases of COVID-19 around the world increase, it is not only people’s physical health which is under threat.
Uncertainty, constant news and social isolation can trigger anxiety for many, especially those with pre-existing mental health conditions.
Stephen Buckley, head of information at UK Mind, said the pandemic is “causing people a lot of concern and media coverage might play a role in...
February 24, 2020
The NHS in England has announced that it is piloting home testing for coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK went up to 13 on Sunday (23 February).
Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director for coronavirus, said this would help limit the spread of the infection.
But those concerned are advised to contact NHS 111 and the public cautioned to follow public...
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...
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...
March 30, 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new app this month, called WHO Zika App, which offers medical reference information about the Zika virus. The app is specifically designed for health care workers and responders, but can also be used by the general public.
Zika is a disease that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Symptoms of this virus include mild fever, skin rashes,...