Innovation

Above photo: A SMART AMR IRG researcher optimizing prototype assay.
Credit: Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART)

By Dean Koh 02:29 am May 19, 2020
Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, has received a grant from the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) COVID-19 Research fund for the acceleration of research and development of rapid paper-based serological and diagnostic tests for COVID-19. WHY IT MATTERS Although dozens of diagnostic tests, based on RNA or antibody detection,...

Credit: SOS Alarm

By Piers Ford 01:18 am May 19, 2020
SOS Alarm, the company that operates Sweden’s 112 emergency number, is to use drones to deliver Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) for the first time in a trial that begins in June. The clinical study into the use of emergency medical drone transport for real incidents is the latest phase of a research collaboration between SOS Alarm, the Center for...

Credit: Babylon

By Tammy Lovell 09:39 am May 15, 2020
British digital health company Babylon is offering COVID-19 antibody tests to anyone in the UK for its at cost price. The FDA-approved tests, which do not have to be administered by a healthcare professional, can be taken at home and sent for analysis in a third-party lab, to determine whether or not a person has been previously infected by the virus. Users can choose to opt-in to share...

Credit: GenScript Biotech

By Dean Koh 08:11 am May 15, 2020
Singapore’s Duke-NUS Medical School, GenScript Biotech and the Diagnostics Development Hub (DxD) at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) announced an exclusive agreement to co-develop and manufacture a unique serological coronavirus (COVID-19) detection system known as the surrogate virus neutralization test (sVNT) or cPass. This first of its kind test allows rapid...

Credit: Intelligent Fingerprinting

By Tammy Lovell 05:57 am May 13, 2020
UK diagnostics firm Intelligent Fingerprinting and Imperial College London have joined forces to develop a simple 10-minute COVID-19 fingerprint test.  The two organisations plan to pool resources to accelerate the development and validation of the test, which could potentially be used by non-medical staff in settings such as care homes and workplaces.  They will utilise Intelligent...
By Liz Ashall-Payne 04:28 am May 12, 2020
About the author: Liz Ashall-Payne founded ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Application, which is focused on providing guidance to app developers, as well as helping the public and professionals to find and apply apps that could improve public, patient and organisational outcomes. Initially a Speech and Language Therapist, Ashall-Payne has almost 20 years NHS experience...

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By Sophie Porter 01:04 am May 7, 2020
Dublin-based medtech provider S3 Connected Health have collaborated with senior respiratory consultants across Ireland to develop a new clinical support tool to combat COVID-19. Responding to rising case numbers, the Assessment of COVID-19 Risk of Respiratory Deterioration (ACORRD) was deployed to Beaumont Hospital within 10 days of conception and has been approved by the Irish Health Service for...

Credit: Insignia

By Rachel McArthur 01:13 am May 6, 2020
An antibacterial and antiviral payment card, considered the first of its kind in the world, has been launched by a member-only luxury lifestyle management group. Insignia’s “clean payment” card consists of a special layered metal coating that prevents pathogens from living on its surface. Tests on the materials used demonstrated that the coating reportedly killed up to 99.9% of germs, with the “...

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By Piers Ford 05:15 am May 5, 2020
Digital triage tool eConsult has helped some GP practices to reverse their usual ratio of face-to-face/remote patient consultations since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK, with one multi-site practice estimating that 90% of its digital consultations are now completed remotely. Previously, up to 45% would usually lead to a face-to-face appointment. Dr Mark Harmon, an urgent care consultant and...

Professor Shafi Ahmed, chief medical officer and cofounder of Medical Realities, said: “We saw a need for a central credible repository of information for healthcare workers."

By Tammy Lovell 09:54 am April 29, 2020
UK-based health tech firm Medical Realities has launched a free online resource to train healthcare workers in essential, safe and core practices for COVID-19. The resource, called Covid med ed, brings together training, research and guidelines for medical students, the NHS and healthcare professionals worldwide. Features include access to latest COVID-19 guidelines, reviews of the latest...