Population Health

By Laura Lovett 12:02 pm April 16, 2020
Hospital readmission is a common challenge for health systems in the U.S. However, many are now looking to digital tools to help curb the rate of high-admission patients.  This year Atrium Healthcare won a HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for its digitally enabled approach to addressing hospital readmittance.  “With 50 hospitals and a broad footprint, being able to identify individuals who are at...

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By Piers Ford 08:19 am April 16, 2020
Digital dictation, speech recognition and transcription for healthcare specialist T-Pro has launched eClinic Manager, a platform that enables clinicians to carry out patient appointments virtually and securely via smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. The tool is already in use at a number of hospitals in Ireland, and will be implemented by The Isle of Wight NHS Trust – already a T-Pro...
By MobiHealthNews 04:52 pm April 10, 2020
Even before today's big announcement from Apple and Google, it was clear that phone-based contact tracking was going to be an important weapon in the war against COVID-19. But might that weapon be a double-edged sword? In today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock is joined by the MobiHealthNews team – Managing Editor Laura Lovett and Associate Editor Dave Muoio – to discuss the various companies,...

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By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 9, 2020
A research effort based out of MIT is looking to individuals' smartphones as tools for automatic COVID-19 contact tracing, but it's taking a unique approach that doesn't log GPS data or other potentially identifying information. Rather, the multi-organization Private Automatic Contact Tracing (PACT) team is turning to smartphones' Bluetooth functionality – or more specifically, the short-range...

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By Sophie Porter 09:23 am April 9, 2020
EVERGREEN LIFE BUILDS HEAT MAP SHOWING INCIDENCES OF COVID-19 IN UK Healthcare app Evergreen Life is compiling a heat map that exposes trends in local behaviour during the coronavirus pandemic. The map outlines whether users are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and if they are abiding by government advice to stay at home (excluding key workers). So far, it has collected more than 50,000...
By Vasileios Nittas 07:33 am April 7, 2020
The unprecedented speed of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) had the world quickly realise that the only way to avoid a frontal crash is a temporary emergency brake. As we slow down and stay home, the novel coronavirus sweeps across communities, destabilizes livelihoods and forces a new 'normal'. A new normal that requires distance and discipline. Yes, we are all in this together; and yes, it is each and...
By Laura Lovett 02:45 pm April 6, 2020
This afternoon Facebook announced its latest coronavirus-focused efforts, which includes the rollout of three new maps to its Data for Good program aimed at tracking the potential spread of the disease. The Menlo Park company will share the maps, which are based off aggregated Facebook data, with research and public health organizations. “You really need accurate information on population...
By Laura Lovett 02:25 pm April 3, 2020
Earlier this week Cellex became the first company to gain an FDA Emergency Use Authorization for a serology test. The test was designed to identify specific antibodies in the blood linked to coronavirus, which means it can be used to identify past coronavirus infections.  Before this test, the products on the market were designed to detect or diagnose if someone currently has the virus. ...
By Laura Lovett 04:05 pm March 27, 2020
This morning Apple became the next tech giant to jump into the coronavirus resource space, with the launch of its COVID-19 website and corresponding app. The new site, which serves as both a screening tool and information platform, was born out of a collaboration with Apple, the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA. Users are able to go onto the site and answer a list of questions...
By Laura Lovett 04:09 pm March 25, 2020
This morning MassChallenge hosted a virtual summit focused on innovation in the time of the coronavirus. This comes amid the growing number of coronavirus cases in the United States. As of today the World Health Organization reported over 42,000 cases in the U.S. alone. This rising number has resulted in a slew of innovations to address some of the most pressing questions, including testing,...