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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...
By Laura Lovett 04:13 pm April 27, 2020
While governments and tech titans are rushing to create contact-tracing apps to curb the spread of COVID-19, a new review published by the Ada Lovelace Institute in the United Kingdom says not so fast.   “Based on the current evidence in this review, the significant technical limitations, and deep social risks, of digital contact tracing outweigh the value offered to the crisis response,” authors...
By Dave Muoio 02:55 pm April 27, 2020
Implementation of either an automated or semi-automated deep learning system for diabetic retinopathy screening could lead to cost savings at the health-system level, according to an economic analysis modeling study recently published in The Lancet Digital Health. Backed by Singapore's Ministry of Health, the investigation looked at data from a national diabetic retinopathy screening program...

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By Piers Ford 09:49 am April 24, 2020
The UK government’s system allowing keyworkers to book COVID-19 tests stopped accepting applications just hours after going live, due to overwhelming demand. The system was announced by the secretary of state for health Matt Hancock on 23 April and launched the following day but by mid-morning, visitors to the gov.uk web page were being told to check back later. The Department of Health and...
By Laura Lovett 11:40 am April 20, 2020
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that self-reported coronavirus symptoms from surveys posted on Facebook and Google correlate to test-confirmed cases. These results will now be part of the university’s new disease forecast map COVIDcast, which will also include data from others like the Quidel Corp.  While individual results of the Carnegie Mellon study weren’t shared with...

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By Charles Alessi 01:34 am April 20, 2020
As COVID-19 sweeps around the world, we are starting to see countries exit from lockdown, others introducing more stringent lockdown and others relying on the resilience of their health and care systems to allow them to make changes which are more discreet and focused on trying to avoid the economic and political effects of more stringent approaches.  The explosion of data points Health and care...