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U.K. Public Attitudes to Tracking and Immunity Passports

2021 24 Jan

The overwhelming majority of people in the UK support the use of co-location tracking technologies and introduction of immunity passports by the authorities to contain the spread of COVID-19, a new study shows (Lewandowsky et al. 2021) .   You might also like: (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)? COVID-19 ‘Immunity Passports’... Read more

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New Initiative Seeks to Standardise COVID-19 Vaccination Records

2021 15 Jan

Leaders from healthcare and tech industry, including Mayo Clinic, Microsoft and Oracle, are joining forces in the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) to establish a standard for digital vaccination records.   You might also like: COVID-19 Vaccines: Need for Global Tracking System   The new initiative aims to provide every... Read more

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Machine Learning and COVID-19 Management

2021 14 Jan

A new systematic review (Syeda et al. 2021) analyses artificial intelligence (AI) -based methods utilised to tackle the pandemic and provides insights into different COVID-19 themes.   You might also like: AI Tool Helps to Reduce COVID-19 Mortality   Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many healthcare organisations have... Read more

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Four Steps to Make COVID-19 Vaccinations Efficient

2021 04 Jan

The United States, where COVID-19 cases continue to rise, is racing to vaccinate as many people as possible to curb further spread of the virus. The inoculation drive, however, poses a major IT challenge as the country's data infrastructure lacks the capacity to efficiently track COVID-19 vaccine distribution and its use (who got vaccinated,... Read more

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Online Calculator for COVID-19 Mortality Risk

2020 14 Dec

A new addition to the COVID-19 Risk Tools suite by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an online mortality calculator , assesses the risk of dying from COVID-19 in currently uninfected individuals. It has been presented in an article published in Nature Medicine (Jin et al. 2020) and is available online for interested public... Read more

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Need for Global Tracking System

2020 12 Dec

As the world's first COVID-19 mass vaccination programmes are underway in the UK, the U.S. and some other countries, a new paper (Vander Stichele et al. 2020) highlights the need for global monitoring of vaccine use (who was inoculated with which vaccine product, where and when) as well as its safety and effectiveness.   You might... Read more

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Digitally Listening to Sound of Lungs

2020 10 Dec

Two different devices aimed at improving the quality of a uscultation, the action of listening to sounds from the body, lungs in particular, have been recently presented to the medical community. One is a lung sound recording system (LSRS) from TU Graz and the other is a digital stethoscope from John Hopkins’ James West.  ... Read more

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Virtual Hospital for COVID-19 Care

2020 23 Nov

The COVID-19 pandemic puts much strain on healthcare resources. One way to expand hospital bed capacity is through the use of telemedicine. Atrium Health's "hospital at home" (AH-HaH) is a good example of how telemedicine programmes can be ramped up to provide acute hospital-level care for patients in their own home.   You might also like:... Read more

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Wireless Data Collection Against COVID-19

2020 05 Nov

A joined initiative in Singapore is developing an open-sourced system that wirelessly collects oxygen levels data from pulse oximeters and presents it on a dashboard, aiming to boost COVID-19 fight.   You might also like: Wearables Data for COVID-19 Detection   Availability of well-structured, easy-to-read health... Read more

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Wearables Data for COVID-19 Detection

2020 04 Nov

A combination of symptom and sensor data from wearable devices could enhance detection of COVID-19 positive and negative cases in symptomatic individuals, a new study shows (Quer et al. 2020).   You might also like: AI Tool Helps to Reduce COVID-19 Mortality   Study authors, affiliated with the Scripps Research Translational... Read more

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COVID-19 Prognosis Prediction with CoVA

2020 29 Oct

A new risk prediction tool – COVID-19 Acuity Score (CoVA) – can help clinicians with screening outpatients to predict adverse outcomes related to COVID-19 infection, says a new study (Sun et al. 2020).   You might also like: AI Tool Helps to Reduce COVID-19 Mortality   "While several COVID-19 risk prediction models have been proposed... Read more

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Cross-Border Management of COVID-19 Lab Results

2020 27 Oct

Two digital initiatives are being tested aimed at facilitating cross-border handling of COVID-19-realted lab results for travellers and governments.   You might also like: (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)? COVID-19 ‘Immunity Passports’ through ethical lens   International travel and tourism are among... Read more

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Crowdsourcing COVID-19 Research

2020 15 Oct

An app, easily usable by anyone, allows users to explore molecules that might bind to key proteins on the SARS-CoV-2 and may help in the search for COVID-19 treatments.   You might also like: New Platform for COVID-19 Research   The app, ViDok, has been created by Thanh Truong, University of Utah professor of chemistry, together with... Read more

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Technology Can Make Endoscopy Safer

2020 14 Oct

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common malignancy globally, yet more than half of cases are diagnosed late because of excess demand for colonoscopy, the current gold standard for screening. However, a combination of new technologies, such as robotics and computer vision, can help in improving the situation, a new study shows.  ... Read more

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Virtual vs. In-Person Care During Pandemic

2020 08 Oct

There has been a notable increase in telemedicine use amidst pandemic-induced quarantine measures and travel curbs, which are meant to reduce workplace transmission. In the US, for instance, telemedicine accounted for 35.3% of all primary care visits during the second quarter (Q2) of 2020, a big leap from 1.1% of total Q2 2018-2019 visits, says... Read more

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Applying ML to Study India’s COVID-19 Policies

2020 24 Sep

The nudge theory is known to be useful in effecting behaviour change. Using the nudge of ‘nationalism’ in the fight against COVID 19, the government of India was able to motivate its large population to abide by lockdown rules and basic health protocols (e.g. wearing of face masks and frequent handwashing).   You might also like: AI Tool... Read more

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Digital health and care: learning from Covid-19

2020 02 Nov

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Open Database for NPIs

2020 11 Sep

Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), ranging from the most stringent lockdowns to less restrictive social distancing rules, have been implemented by different countries to control coronavirus spread and prevent COVID-19 cases overwhelming their healthcare systems.   You might also like: COVID-19 Exit Strategy Simulator Available... Read more

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4CE: Extracting COVID-19 Data from EHRs

2020 08 Sep

As the respiratory disease COVID-19 is caused by a new pathogen, SARS-CoV-2, there is so much uncertainty that makes the battle against the pandemic even more challenging. Experts continue with their research work to have a better understanding on COVID-19's underlying physiology and its interactions with the body's different system processes.... Read more

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Telemedicine for Type 1 Diabetes During COVID-19

2020 05 Sep

The current pandemic has led to increased use of telemedicine, allowing delivery of care with no person-to-person contact, in line with physical distancing measures to prevent further spread of coronavirus.   You might also like: Bright Ideas   A new survey study (Scott et al. 2020) zeroed in on telemedicine use among people living... Read more