Big Tech in Health

By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 6, 2020
Google is taking its coronavirus support efforts one step further with the launch of its COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports web tool late last week. Similar to the way Google Maps displays whether certain businesses or public places are busy at certain times of day, the resource aggregates anonymized location tracking data from mobile devices to identify large-scale behavior trends. The end...

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By Dean Koh 03:17 am March 31, 2020
Singapore-listed medtech company Biolidics recently launched its rapid test kit for COVID-19 and has entered into a manufacturer agreement with a diagnostic kit manufacturer to customize and manufacture the rapid test kits. The first batch of Biolidics’ rapid test kits is expected to be available in April 2020. Biolidics has obtained provisional authorization from Singapore’s Health Science...
By Dave Muoio 02:49 pm March 24, 2020
Apple's Siri has been updated to provide symptom-based guidance and, in some cases, telehealth-app download links to users seeking COVID-19 information from the virtual assistant. Now, when users ask Siri a question along the lines of "How do I know whether I have coronavirus?" or "I think I have coronavirus," the tool initiates a new conversation tree to determine the user's current symptoms....

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By Dean Koh 11:00 pm March 22, 2020
Genomic medicine startup Lucence announced that the development of the SAFER-Sample (Stabilization of nucleic Acid Formulation for Evaluation of RNA) kit, a sample collection medical device to facilitate more accessible testing of viral infections such as COVID-19. WHY IT MATTERS Currently, definitive diagnosis of RNA viral infections such as COVID-19 requires patients with respiratory infections...
By Dave Muoio 03:23 pm March 16, 2020
Alphabet's Verily has launched a website where California residents can complete a short survey regarding their current condition and, if they meet certain criteria, could be referred to a nearby mobile COVID-19 testing site. Conducted through Verily's Project Baseline population health effort and developed in collaboration with federal, state and local public health authorities, the triage...
By Dave Muoio 03:53 pm March 9, 2020
On Friday, Microsoft announced a handful of new capabilities coming to its Microsoft 365 platform that are designed to improve communications among care teams and facilitate low-friction telehealth visits with patients. Chief among the new tools already rolled out to providers is targeted communication within both the mobile and desktop versions of Microsoft Teams, Kristina Behr, general manager...

Above graphic: The new embedded droplet printing method suspends 3-D arrays of droplets in a uniquely isolated state that allows for precise processing and experimentation. Credit: SMART

By Dean Koh 01:41 am March 5, 2020
A research team from Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, and National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a unique method for generating and processing fluid droplets under previously unattainable conditions. The new embedded droplet printing method is explained in the research article, "Embedded droplet printing in yield-...
By Dean Koh 01:12 am March 3, 2020
Last week, Singapore-based Veredus Laboratories announced that it has obtained the Provisional Authorization from the Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for its VereCoV Detection Kit following the company’s rapid launch of this kit as a “Research Use Only” (RUO) test in late January, which was reported by MobiHealthNews here. The VereCoV Detection Kit is a collaborative effort between...
By Dave Muoio 11:40 am February 25, 2020
Apple and Johnson & Johnson announced this morning the launch of their new digital health study exploring the impact of Apple’s devices and a study-specific engagement program on cardiovascular outcomes among the Medicare population. First announced in early 2019, the Heartline Study — which also names Evidation Health as a collaborator — is now enrolling seniors aged 65 years or older who...
By Jonah Comstock 04:18 pm February 10, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. Last year, Apple announced the results of the Apple Heart Study, an ambitious digitally-enabled research project that also tapped the talents of Stanford University, BioTelemetry, and telemedicine company American Well. Through the study, more than 400,000 individuals helped Apple and Stanford learn about atrial...