September 18, 2020
COVID-19 may not be the first pandemic the world has faced, but the virus' challenge comes amidst widespread skepticism of longstanding public health institutions. Government-led responses to outbreaks have varied from country to country, and incongruent messaging between political leaders, health agencies and other sources of information have fueled varying levels of concern and distrust among...
September 17, 2020
The Singapore government and Apple recently announced their partnership on the health initiative LumiHealth, a personalized program to encourage healthy activity and behaviors using Apple Watch. The program was designed by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (or HPB, a statutory board under the Ministry of Health) in conjunction with Apple as part of the country’s Smart Nation initiative, a...
September 16, 2020
Apple and Anthem, along with the University of California, Irvine, and software company CareEvolution, have teamed up to launch a two-year, 900-participant study investigating how digital tools can help patients control their asthma and reduce hospital utilization.
“The Digital Asthma Study brings together Apple Watch’s innovative technology with an engaging app-based self-management experience...
September 15, 2020
A new survey conducted among consumers and IT professionals by data security company SecureAge Technology suggests that the clear majority of these groups believe COVID-19 contact-tracing technologies put individuals' personally identifiable information at risk. Despite this, both groups generally believed that these types of tools could help cut down the impact of the disease, and would support...
September 9, 2020
The Smart Nation and Digital Government Office under the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore announced that the Singapore Government will begin nation-wide distribution of TraceTogether (TT) Tokens to the general public at community sites from 14 September 2020 onwards, with the aim to complete the distribution by November.
Distribution of the Tokens will begin at communities with higher...
September 8, 2020
Health research platform maker Vibrent Health announced last week that it has received a $39 million infusion from the National Institutes of Health to continue serving as the hub of the public research organization's All of Us Research Program.
Founded in 2009, Vibrent Health's technology handles large-scale data collection, storage, analysis and security for research organizations, and includes...
September 4, 2020
By pulling anonymized, publicly available location data from mobile devices, researchers have found that the U.S. population generally complied with stay-at-home orders issued by state officials this spring.
The analysis, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), is the latest to use personal devices and the data they generate to describe behaviors relevant to public...
August 14, 2020
Trials of a revamped NHS Test and Trace app have kicked off with residents on the Isle of Wight and NHS Volunteer Responders across England.
Tech giants Google and Apple worked with the NHS to develop the new app, after the pilot of an earlier version using Bluetooth was abandoned for having a poor success rate in tracking proximity to other devices.
The new app is designed to log the time and...
August 12, 2020
A new investigation of roughly two million Medicare beneficiary claims suggests that machine learning (ML) could be used to predict which patients are at greatest risk of severe respiratory infections, and to place them in more appropriate care facilities in their area.
The study was published online in the American Journal of Managed Care and funded by the HEALTH[at]SCALE Corporation, a...