Population Health

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By  Laura Lovett 02:53 pm January 14, 2021
With the COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts beginning to roll out across the country, it’s inevitable there will be yet another shift in healthcare. However, Dr. Karen Murphy, Geisinger executive vice president and chief innovation officer, cautions against reverting to pre-pandemic norms. “When we think getting back to normal, do we really want to go back to the healthcare delivery system...

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By  Sara Mageit 11:12 am January 11, 2021
Health tech firm Vatic is launching an on-the-spot-result saliva test to identify current COVID-19 infections, as well as who is infectious and can pass on the virus. A swab is used to collect saliva from inside of the user’s cheek and pooled saliva under the tongue. The saliva from the swab is then mixed with an ‘extraction buffer’ in a tube and drops of the resulting solution are released on to...
By  Dave Muoio 11:03 am January 6, 2021
Israeli researchers have recently detailed a new machine learning-based COVID-19 model that predicts a positive diagnosis from symptoms and – notably – is designed to be implemented among the general population. Published in npj Digital Medicine, the tool was developed and tested on roughly 100,000 reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing records recorded from Israeli...
DreamLab, COVID-19
By  Sara Mageit 10:12 am December 14, 2020
Imperial College London and the Vodafone Foundation charity are running a study on COVID-19 research called Corona-AI, to publish in a peer-reviewed journal. Volunteers donate their smartphone computing time to the DreamLab app by simply downloading the app and letting it crunch thousands of calculations while they sleep. By creating a virtual supercomputer, the app searches through digital...
Cera, social care, NHS, COVID-19
By  Tammy Lovell 03:11 am December 3, 2020
UK health tech startup Cera confirmed it has reached $120 million (£89.5m) revenues (run-rate) since its launch in 2016. The firm which specialises in digitally enabled care services for the elderly, also announced it will create 5,000 new jobs nationwide as it seeks to double its headcount. Cera uses digital and data analytics technologies to monitor its users’ health, enabling their families...
A person reclines on a bed and examines a Fitbit watch screen
By  Mallory Hackett 12:16 pm December 1, 2020
Consumer wearable devices can be key tools in predicting the onset of illnesses like COVID-19 by using health metrics like breathing rate, resting heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV), according to findings published in npj Digital Medicine from Fitbit. The paper outlines predictors for the severity of illness, symptom prevalence, illness duration among male and female participants and...
COVID-19, Unilabs UAE, Dubai Health Authority
By  Rachel McArthur 09:54 am November 25, 2020
Earlier this week, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in the United Arab Emirates announced it is now offering a simple saliva test that can detect COVID-19 for children between the ages of 3-16 years. The test – which costs AED 150 (€34) – is available across all DHA facilities and DHA-run COVID-19 screening centres in the emirate. It is hoped that the new form of testing will eliminate discomfort...
Bupa, Well.Me, workforce

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By  Sophie Porter 01:20 am November 10, 2020
UK-based employee health monitoring service Well.Me has partnered with Bupa to expand employee health tracking in UK workplaces, with a potential roll-out to over two million employees As part of the partnership, the Lincolnshire-based digital tracking and analytics service will install their unique health monitoring stations in selected workplaces of Bupa Health Service’s business customers, as...
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...