Innovation

A family consulting with their doctor virtually
By  Ian Chiang and Poorwa Godbole 11:03 am November 6, 2020
About the Authors: Ian Chiang is a principal at Flare Capital Partners, a healthcare technology and services-focused VC firm. Prior to joining Flare, he was the SVP of product and innovation and a founding member of Cigna’s CareAllies. Previously, he was a digital health entrepreneur and a former management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Poorwa Godbole is an MBA candidate at the Wharton...
Contact tracing, COVID-19

Credit: Compass app to help NHS prevent hospital illnesses 

By  Sara Mageit 05:29 am November 6, 2020
LATVIA'S COVID-19 APP CONNECTS TO EU'S INTEROPERABILITY SYSTEM Latvia's contact tracing app, Apturi Covid (Stop Covid) has connected to the interoperability system for other contact tracing apps in the European Commission. This will allow the Apturi Covid app to warn and notify a user if they have come into contact with an COVID-19 infected person when in Germany, Italy, Ireland and Spain. The...
By  Dave Muoio 02:06 pm November 4, 2020
MIT researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that listens to a person's coughing to determine whether or not they may have COVID-19, regardless if they are or are not symptomatic, according to research published last week in IEEE Open Journal of Engineering. To build it, the researchers solicited audio recordings of individuals coughing and accompanying information about their...
54gene, Nigeria
By  Sara Mageit 11:44 am November 4, 2020
Lagos-based health tech precision medicine research company, 54gene, has launched its Clinical Research Programme Services (CPS) division.  The new business division will provide end-to-end clinical development services, intelligence, logistics, and infrastructure to enable the conduct of clinical trials in Africa, starting out of Nigeria. WHY IT MATTERS 54gene’s Clinical Programme Services...
Person sitting on bed, one hand to head
By  Laura Lovett 02:54 pm November 3, 2020
Alphabet subsidiary  X, which was created to focus on “moon shot projects," has just unveiled research from its mental health project known as Amber, specifically with respect to its works to find biomarkers to map depression. The news, first spotted by CNBC, is an outline of the work the project has been doing.  “Our journey started by asking the question: What if we could make brain waves as...
A patient uses a smartphone screening test to analyze stroke-like symptoms she's experiencing.

A patient at Houston Methodist Hospital, participates in a smartphone screening test to analyze stroke-like symptoms she's experiencing. Photo credit: Houston Methodist Hospital.

By  Dave Muoio 03:14 pm October 26, 2020
Researchers from Penn State University and Houston Methodist Hospital recently outlined their work on a machine learning tool that uses a smartphone camera to quickly gauge facial movements for sign of a stroke. The tool – which was presented as a virtual poster at this month's International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – relies on computational facial...
Pharma, machine learning, medical devices

Credit: BGU

By  Rachel McArthur 11:20 am October 22, 2020
A new platform aimed at streamlining clinical trials in order to lower costs – and increase the efficiency and success rate of a drug or the development of a medical device – has been unveiled by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The yet-to-be-named programme reportedly “leverages machine learning to optimise a clinical trial’s chances of success” through the analysis of factors including...
PocDoc, BioSure, COVID-19

Credit: PocDoc/ BioSure

By  Sara Mageit 05:53 am October 22, 2020
Digital testing platform, PocDoc has launched a testing solution to employers wanting to get people back to work safely. The test is carried out via a finger prick with results being returned in 10 minutes. The results display if someone has an active COVID-19 infection based on the presence of early-onset antibodies and should immediately self-isolate. It will reveal if there is a presence of...

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By  Dean Koh 04:15 am October 22, 2020
Founded in Singapore in September 2019, Breathonix Pte Ltd, a spin-off company from the National University of Singapore (NUS), has developed an easy-to-use breath test to detect COVID-19 within a minute. The company develops non-invasive breath tests for disease detection. Breathonix was founded by two NUS graduates, Dr Jia Zhunan and Mr Du Fang, and is supported by the NUS Graduate Research...
Natural Cycles, birth control

Credit: Natural Cycles 

By  Sara Mageit 07:20 am October 20, 2020
Swedish CE-certified birth control app, Natural Cycles has announced that it has submitted a 510(k) Premarket Notification to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Natural Cycles app, is the first and only FDA cleared birth control app in the US.  WHY IT MATTERS The purpose of the notification is to revise the labeling to expand the third-party thermometers, which include wearables...