Innovation

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By Sophie Porter 04:22 am March 30, 2020
LIVI, the UK branch of Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider KRY, has launched a free web-based platform that will enable healthcare professionals to connect with patients via video consultations. LIVI Connect - which operates as Care Connect by KRY elsewhere in Europe - is available to all practicing medical professionals free of charge, regardless of whether they already have a LIVI...
By Sophie Porter 02:48 am March 27, 2020
Public Health England (PHE) informed the UK government that (25 March) home-testing kits that identify whether a person has ever been infected with COVID-19 could soon be available to order online and from chemists,. The simple finger-prick test should take no more than 15 minutes and will see members of the public extract blood from home and send their sample off for evaluation. It will not test...

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By Ahmed El Sherif 10:33 am March 25, 2020
A Dubai-based entrepreneur has backed a British biotech research company currently working on an affordable vaccine to protect against COVID-19. Khurram Shroff, chairman of the UAE’s IBC Group, has donated a total of AED 5 million ($1.36m) to Vaxbio, also joining the company as a strategic advisor to assist with the development and communication of its corporate initiatives. Vaxbio, a research...
By HIMSS 03:09 pm March 24, 2020

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By Tammy Lovell 09:15 am March 18, 2020
Israeli blood testing startup Sight Diagnostics has announced a collaboration with Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv to mitigate the risk of contamination by COVID-19. Sight’s OLO blood analyser will provide rapid complete blood count (CBC) results in a dedicated lab to process samples of COVID-19 patients who are being monitored and treated in a separate field hospital.  Prior to deploying OLO...

Illustration by CDC via Unsplash revealing ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses

By Leontina Postelnicu 11:14 am March 11, 2020
Since the novel coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China, in December last year, we’ve seen the world focus on little else.  COVID-19 is putting strain on governments globally, and with over 90% of all cases reported so far coming from four countries, but over 100 affected, the pressure is now on officials to identify the response needed according to their own scenario.  Over the weekend, the...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:26 am March 5, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. Given the pace of scientific and technological advancements, Sweden, one of the early adopters of digital, is well-positioned to leverage the opportunities of the transformation that we're seeing around the world. But as Daniel Forslund [pictured on the right], chairman of the Stockholm region's innovation and development...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:18 am March 2, 2020
London’s Middlesex University has turned to Oxford Medical Simulation in a bid to provide training for nursing students using the company's virtual reality (VR) platform. The institution has bought five VR headsets that will help students practice treating patients in interactive scenarios and receive feedback on their work.  “This technology is allowing students to make mistakes without...
By Tammy Lovell 04:32 am March 2, 2020
Update: HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Digital Event (7-11 September 2020). When Corporation Pop managing director Dom Raban’s 13-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, he was shocked by the lack of information for children about the condition. “The hospital care she got was really good, but she had virtually no information about the people she would meet, the environment she...
By Dave Muoio 03:22 pm February 26, 2020
Type 2 diabetes patients who received a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system as part of a virtual diabetes clinic program improved their HbA1c and near-uniformly said they were comfortable self-inserting a sensor with guidance from a remote coach, according to study data presented by Onduo at an academic conference last weekend. Further, while more than half of the study’s nearly 600...