Innovation

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By  Dean Koh 10:05 pm January 3, 2021
Health and security services provider International SOS and ICC AOKpass announced in late December 2020 the successful pilot of the ICC AOKpass mobile app at Changi Airport in Singapore. The app will help to facilitate the safe and efficient resumption of international travel during the global pandemic. ICC AOKpass is a mobile app launched by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC),...
By  Laura Lovett 02:02 pm December 17, 2020
Abbott landed an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a new at-home coronavirus antigen test where users can perform the test on themselves via digital guidance and get results in 20 minutes. The test, priced at $25, is prescription based.  This isn't the first EUA for the testing product, known as BinaxNOW. However, the tool's first authorization designated that medical personnel conduct the...

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By  Tammy Lovell 11:13 am December 15, 2020
Babylon is supporting the government of Rwanda in a project to digitise its healthcare system and reduce the burden on over-stretched health centres.  As part of a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the British health tech firm has developed a series of triage tools to digitally-enable public health centres through its Babyl Rwanda subsidiary. The tools analyse symptoms to...
V-Health passports, VSTE Enterprises, COVID-19

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By  Tammy Lovell 08:55 am December 15, 2020
British cyber technology company VST Enterprises (VSTE) has launched a public ‘fit to fly’ health passport designed for air travel. The cross-border platform called V-Health Passport can be downloaded and used alongside any form of COVID-19 testing and vaccination that does not use unsecure bar codes and QR code technology. Airlines and transport carriers can also download and use the system. It...
Flow, COVID-19, mental health

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By  Tammy Lovell 02:00 am December 15, 2020
Medical device company Flow has reported a 247% increase in sales of its at-home, brain stimulation headset treatment for depression since the COVID-19 pandemic. The Swedish startup says its research found that 30% of its users report overcoming depression, during the crisis, by wearing the Flow headset which activates parts of the brain under stimulated by the condition and interacting with the...
 This report represents early findings from the TemPredict study, which has a goal to develop an algorithm that predicts the onset of symptoms such as fever, cough and fatigue.
By  Mallory Hackett 12:01 pm December 14, 2020
Using longitudinal temperature data, wearable devices can predict the onset of illnesses even without recognizable symptoms, according to new research published in Scientific Reports. The paper included data from only 50 participants, and researchers stressed that the findings are a proof-of-concept effort, suggesting the need for further research into the role of wearable sensors in early...
Coronavirus care
By  Laura Lovett 02:33 pm December 11, 2020
The year 2020 pushed the notoriously slow healthcare industry to innovate at record speed. Need and collaboration were at the heart of these advancements, according to a panel at Cleveland Clinic and HIMSS’ Patient Experience series.  COVID-19 shook healthcare systems and put digital in the forefront. Providence's health system in Washington became the first system to treat a COVID-19 positive...
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By  Ossie Ravid and Danny Tobey 10:46 am December 11, 2020
The term “femtech” – short for female technology – is used to describe the rising trend of applications, devices, products and diagnostics catering to the needs of women’s health. Pitchbook estimates that in 2019 the global femtech market generated $820.6 million and could reach at least $3 billion by the end of 2030. Despite its popularity, femtech remains a significantly underdeveloped area of...
COVID-19 vaccine
By  Sara Mageit 06:06 am December 8, 2020
Lincolnshire-based provider of corporate health metrics and tracking systems, Well.Me, has announced the launch of a new set of physical and digital systems to support COVID-19 track and trace and vaccine roll-out monitoring. WHY IT MATTERS The systems will allow for symptom monitoring and localised “track and trace” operations within workplace environments, as well as providing a database of...
Dementia United, Mersey Care NHS, Healthware, Make Helsinki

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By  Sara Mageit 02:16 am December 4, 2020
NEW DEMENTIA UNITED APP   Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership's dementia programme, Dementia United, has created a new app for people living with dementia. The app also aims to make the region the best place to live if you have dementia, or are caring for someone with the condition. Working in partnership with marketing agency, Social Sense, they have developed the Greater...