Population and Public Health

Ro Vaccine Drive
By  Laura Lovett 01:40 pm March 3, 2021
Virtual care provider Ro will now be making house calls to distribute vaccines to older people and those with disabilities in New York. The company teamed up with New York State’s Department of Public Health to launch its efforts called COVID-19 Vaccine Drive. Patients are able to schedule their appointment via the new Vaccine Drive website. The effort is currently focused on individuals 65 and...
COVID-19, artificial intelligence, Laipac Technology, YAS Pharmaceuticals, Pure Health, IOMT
By  Ahmed El Sherif 08:42 am February 23, 2021
Two UAE-based health companies have partnered with Canada’s Laipac Technology to launch the “world’s first” artificial intelligence (AI)-powered rapid COVID-19 antigen test. YAS Pharmaceuticals and Pure Health will be working with the Ontario-based Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) specialist to provide an “intelligent and innovative way to deploy technologies to better protect the health of...
The app doesn’t allow members to schedule a vaccine appointment, but it provides details on how to schedule an appointment at each listed location.
By  Mallory Hackett 11:41 am February 17, 2021
Individuals eligible for the coronavirus vaccine can now use the online fitness membership platform ClassPass to search for vaccine centers near them, the company announced Wednesday. Within the ClassPass app and website, members can find the most convenient vaccine location for them, along with information including hours of operation and contact information for nearby clinics. Although the app...
COVID-19 vaccination
By  Sara Mageit 10:16 am February 16, 2021
French medication intelligence company Synapse Medicine has rolled-out its Medication Shield technology in collaboration with the regional pharmacovigilance centers (CRPVs) and the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM). The technology claims to increase the safety of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in France by managing the adverse drug reactions (ADRs) signals...
The back-to-work tool builds upon Masimo’s SafetyNet remote monitoring system that was developed to help hospitals care for patients in non-traditional settings.
By  Mallory Hackett 11:45 am February 15, 2021
Medical device maker Masimo is the latest company to develop a solution to help businesses, schools and other organizations reopen. Today, it announced the release of SafetyNet-OPEN, a web and mobile app solution that can screen, trace and manage users as they return to work. The back-to-work tool builds upon Masimo's SafetyNet remote monitoring system that was developed at the beginning of the...
Fitbit Ready for Work
By  Laura Lovett 01:35 pm February 10, 2021
NASA astronauts prepping for a space mission are about to get a new gadget thanks to a deal between the agency and Fitbit. The two inked a deal in order to provide a Fitbit devices to 1,000 NASA employees—including 150 astronauts, in order for the workforce to make more informed decisions about going to work onsite during COVID-19. With the deal, which is part of Fitbit’s Ready for Work program,...
NHS Covid-19 app, test and trace
By  Sophie Porter 02:33 pm February 9, 2021
A recent statement by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) claims the NHS COVID-19 app has alerted over 1.7 million users of potential exposure to the virus since its release in September. This comes with the decision to start releasing regular data updates from the app from 18 February as part of the wider NHS Test and Trace data, which is already being reported weekly. WHY IT...
The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test was the first rapid self-test authorized by the FDA for the detection of COVID-19 in individuals with or without symptoms.
By  Mallory Hackett 11:47 am February 2, 2021
The Biden administration has cut a deal with Australian digital diagnostics company Ellume to increase the availability of its at-home rapid response COVID-19 test kit in the U.S. The Department of Defense, with the Department of Health and Human Services, will pay $231.8 million for Ellume to deliver 8.5 million tests across the U.S. in accordance with the National Strategy for the COVID-19...
Coronavirus tracking
By  Laura Lovett 01:58 pm January 27, 2021
Twitter could play a role in predicting COVID-19 outbreaks across Europe, according to a new study published in Nature. The research compares the winter of 2019-2020 to the last five winters and found an uptick in levels of concern about pneumonia in regions that soon after became coronavirus hot spots. “[W]e have analyzed data from Twitter across a number of European countries to show that...
COVID-19, Abu Dhabi, saliva test
By  Ahmed El Sherif 11:31 am January 26, 2021
Abu Dhabi has approved three new COVID-19 tests for use in hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centres in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital. This latest introduction comes as new cases of the coronavirus surge in the country. Announced by the Department of Health (DoH), Abu Dhabi via the Abu Dhabi Media Office, the new antigen, reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal...