Population Health

Fitbit receives Army award to further develop its COVID-19 early detection algorithm
By Mallory Hackett 11:34 am October 29, 2020
Fitbit announced today it will receive nearly $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense through the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command to expand its work in developing an algorithm that can detect COVID-19 before symptoms show. In addition to the award, Fitbit will begin a study with Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research to further advance the early...
Wellfleet and binx partner to offer COVID-19 testing on college campuses.
By Mallory Hackett 02:37 pm October 27, 2020
College student health-insurer Wellfleet and binx health, an in-home infectious disease test-kit service, have teamed up to offer COVID-19 testing for college students. Using binx’s testing platform, which was originally created for discrete at-home sexually transmitted infections testing, and by working with Wellfleet’s client campuses, the two companies are giving universities a streamlined...
Doctor gives woman a vaccination.
By Mallory Hackett 12:03 pm October 26, 2020
Vizient, a healthcare performance improvement company, launched its Vaccine Resource Center today. The online platform gives hospitals and healthcare providers up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine landscape to help them prepare for the eventual regulatory approval of a vaccine. The resource center is made up of three parts: a development tracker, a candidate comparison and a vaccine...
A doctor talks to a pregnant woman
By Mallory Hackett 11:56 am October 22, 2020
The HIMSS Global Health Equity Network and Accelerate Health are working together to host the Global Maternal Health Tech Challenge, a worldwide call to action to create technology solutions focused on improving maternal health outcomes. The challenge, which officially launches in January 2021, was announced this week during HIMSS’ Health Equity Week. “This is HIMSS taking the opportunity to...
Man in mask uses smartphone
By Laura Lovett 11:51 am October 22, 2020
Wikimedia, parent company of Wikipedia, inked a deal with the World Health Organization focused on providing reliable and factual information about COVID-19.  As part of this new collaboration, WHO resources, including infographics, will be freely licensed and can be used on Wikipedia’s coronavirus coverage pages. WHO videos and infographics will also be housed on Wikimedia Commons, which...
By Dave Muoio 11:11 am October 14, 2020
Cue Health, a rapid diagnostics startup with a connected testing device platform, has been awarded $481 million from HHS and the Department of Defense (DoD) to expand production of a COVID-19 molecular test that received an Emergency Use Authorization back in June. According to announcements from the government and the startup, the money will be used to deliver six million COVID-19 molecular...
Bluetooth logo
By Dave Muoio 02:43 pm October 8, 2020
A new proof-of-concept machine learning system outlined in npj digital medicine could provide Bluetooth-based contact tracing tools with the means to quantify the risk of coronavirus transmission when device owners are in close proximity. The approach, researchers from the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin write, measures whether the received signal strength of a second party's...
By Mallory Hackett 12:34 pm October 7, 2020
A new digital health pass for travelers, CommonPass, will begin testing internationally today, the Commons Project Foundation and the World Economic Forum announced. The purpose of CommonPass is to allow travelers to document their COVID-19 status electronically and present it when they board a plane or cross a border, giving both the traveler and the country assurance that safe traveling is...
By Tammy Lovell 01:57 am October 2, 2020
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Health has shared six health tech solutions for healthy ageing to mark the UN International Day of Older Persons today. Healthy ageing is a central part of the EU-backed community of health innovators’ goals to promote better health and a sustainable health economy in Europe. The projects include: FRADE – This technology to detect, screen...
By Dave Muoio 02:07 pm September 25, 2020
The smart home of the future is one dominated by sensors, transmitters and intelligent data analyses that work to improve the lives of those dwelling within. Increase the scale by a degree of magnitude and you have smart communities or cities: an aggregated body of information and infrastructure systems that aims to deliver services efficiently and – if implemented carefully – address issues of...