Population Health

By Laura Lovett 01:17 pm June 1, 2020
Looking to the opioid use disorder space the National Institutes of Health has given Roundtrip, a software platform for organizing medical transport, a $252,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant in order to look at the impact of transportation on OUD treatment. Specifically, the study will be zeroing in on appointment show-rates and patient experiences. Roundtrip, the...
By Dave Muoio 12:12 pm May 27, 2020
As COVID-19's opening salvo on the healthcare system gradually gives way to long-term mitigation efforts, much of the public health focus is shifting away from the four walls of the hospital. Now, community-support services have found themselves shouldering a heavy burden of social isolation and nonessential business closures that, without proper support, could lead to new social determinant of...
By Dave Muoio 02:21 pm May 22, 2020
Fitbit has launched an in-app study the company says could help develop an algorithm for detecting potential COVID-19 cases prior to symptom onset. Device owners over the age of 21 who live in the U.S. or Canada who either had a confirmed case of COVID-19 or recently experienced symptoms consistent with the disease are invited to take part in what the company has dubbed the Fitbit COVID-19 study...
By Dave Muoio 03:48 pm May 20, 2020
Roughly a month after first announcing their unprecedented collaboration, Apple and Google have updated their devices' operating systems today with the first component of their contact tracing API. Referred to by the companies as "Exposure Notifications," the technology aims to help public health agencies deploy apps that tell individuals when they may have been exposed to another person with...
By HIMSS Media 01:33 pm May 14, 2020
Telehealth of all stripes has exploded since COVID-19, but one particular subset deserves further examination: telebehavioral health, an area in which the crisis has upended the norms of supply as well as demand as the crisis take's a toll on the world's collective mental health. In this episode, host Jonah Comstock, Managing Editors Laura Lovett and Susan Morse and Associate Editor Dave Muoio...
By Dave Muoio 03:59 pm May 12, 2020
U.K. and U.S. residents who reported a loss of smell and taste into a COVID-19 symptom-tracker app more often tested positive for the infection, according to a study published yesterday in Nature. The COVID Symptom Study app was developed by health technology company Zoe Global with help from King's College London and Massachusetts General Hospital. It launched in the U.K. and the U.S. in late...

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By Laura Lovett 04:06 pm May 11, 2020
Under resourced countries may be getting a coronavirus app thanks to new efforts from the World Health Organization, Reuters reports.  The organization plans to roll out a new app that will help people figure out if they are symptomatic of the coronavirus. According to the Reuter’s report, down the pipeline WHO may be rolling out a Bluetooth-based coronavirus tracing app for middle- and low-...
By Laura Lovett 04:03 pm May 8, 2020
Just a few hours ago the FDA greenlighted the first home-collected saliva sample for COVID-19. Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory, which already landed an EUA in mid-April for its test, can now expand its efforts to include test kits for home collection. Patients do so using a specially designed collection device. This sample is then sent off to the Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory in a...
By Laura Lovett 02:16 pm May 4, 2020
This month has kicked off with a slew of announcements about tracing efforts. From India’s new policy requiring all workers to download its government app to China’s new fever-senseing glasses, governments are looking for ways to keep tabs on the virus.  As of today, all Indian employers are responsible for making sure their domestic employees – in both the public and private sector, download a...
By Laura Lovett 04:11 pm May 1, 2020
It's no secret the novel coronavirus has particularly impacted communities of color as it sweeps across the United States. But as digital health tools emerge to respond, leaders in the African American medical community caution that those who are creating such tools need to involve diverse voices and work to understand the causes of the disparities if they are to be effective.    Data about the...