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OMA and Sunnybrook Announce a Partnership to Improve and Expand MyChart

The Ontario Medical Association and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre today announced their joint effort to expand and enhance MyChart, Canada’s largest personal online health portal designed specifically for patients, and through them for their families, physicians and personal care teams. “Patients have been demanding greater access to their test results and medical records so they can better understand and participate in their own health care,” said Dr. Sohail Gandhi, President of the Ontario Medical Association. “Enhancements to MyChart will support this important goal and ultimately lead to improved outcomes for patients.” The collaboration between the OMA and Sunnybrook will result in the expansion of the MyChart support call centre, and enable third-party primary care services such ...

VR company named winner of NHSX COVID-19 challenge

VR/AR corporate training company Virti has been awarded funding as part of NHSX’s TechForce19 challenge to gain further evidence and scale its COVID-19 simulations for the health and social care workforce. As providers struggle on a global scale to meet the demands of increased patient volumes they are turning to volunteers and retired health professionals in addition to reassigning existing clinical staff and medical students to specialties and areas of practise with which they are not immediately familiar. Health and social care providers then need to quickly train staff at scale so that they are safe and feel prepared to meet the stresses imposed on the system by COVID-19. Virti is using its immersive training platform to upskill the NHS workforce in order to tackle COVID-19. It supplie...

How harnessing the power of medtech can aid the Coronavirus response

Innovative medical technologies are set to play a key role in the nation’s COVID-19 response. Dr Kit Latham, CEO of London-based medical HR specialists Credentially, explains why. COVID-19 is the greatest public health challenge the UK has faced in a generation. In order to tackle the pandemic head-on, it’s vital that we mobilise an expanded force of healthcare workers and volunteers as quickly as possible. It has been heartening to see so many people step up to the plate over the last few weeks, but there are still major challenges to overcome in this respect – obstacles that can only be surmounted by harnessing the power of technology. Unfortunately, the way we traditionally hire healthcare workers could act as a major stumbling block to adequately combatting the virus. The NHS...

NHS login hits 1 million registrations during Coronavirus pandemic

More than a million people have now registered with NHS login following an upsurge in demand for digital services during the Coronavirus pandemic. The first week in April saw a peak in the number of applications for NHS logins with more than 60,000 new IDs verified between 30 March and 5 April. NHS login allows patients to gain access to their healthcare information across connected apps and platforms, wherever they see the NHS login button. Several new tools have been incorporated into the NHS login system to help meet the increased demand, including automated identity checking for Android users, with the feature also being made available to iOS users in the near future. Later this month users who are having problems will be able to access an online help function to guide them through the...

Diabetes solution specialist launches virtual management service

DreaMed Diabetes, the developer of personalised diabetes management solutions, has launched a virtual diabetes management service to treat people with type 1 diabetes remotely. The virtual diabetes management service gives people with type 1 diabetes access to medical professionals ensuring treatment remains unaffected by widespread COVID-19-induced quarantines. Although most healthy people might find themselves at low risk for complications by contracting COVID-19, others are far more vulnerable. The CDC reported that people with chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, are at greater risk of complications should they contract the virus, and as a result, patients with diabetes have been forced to skip routine visits with healthcare professionals and neglect their treatmen...

Imaging firm launches study to determine COVID-19 organ impact

Medical imaging company Perspectum is launching a study to map how COVID-19 impacts the health of multiple organs and identify at-risk features for the virus, with detailed cross-sectional imaging and genetic studies. This study has received approval following expediated ethics review. SARS-CoV-2 infection is known to cause damage to organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver and the haematological and immune systems. However, the extent, and expected long-term impact, of this organ health/damage has not been characterised. Patients recovering from serious disease will pose a huge, ongoing challenge. The Recovery Study’s primary objective is to determine the prevalence and degree of lung, heart, kidney, liver, pancreas and spleen injury in a cohort of patients recovering from COVID-19 diseas...

COVID-19 testing booth developed and named after Boris Johnson

Door frame manufacturer Simplis has developed a COVID-19 testing booth that aims to make it safer for the NHS frontline tester, and for the patient. The product has been named after the UK prime minister, dubbed the #BorisBooth. The booth avoids the testers coming into contact with the patient or having to lean into the patient’s car. Simplis believe that testing is soon to become commonplace and it is critical that the patient and the tester feel safe conducting the test. Whilst the idea isn’t new with South Korea and India already having a similar solutions, and a similar solution having recently been launched in Israel, Simon Crabtree, MD of Simplis, spotted that UK testers were leaning into cars to conduct tests with bare sleeves and limited PPE protection. Crabtree said: “Our sta...

Olympus launches new endoscopy system

Olympus has announced the launch of its new endoscopy system EVIS X1. It aims to improve outcomes from disorders of the stomach, colon, and oesophagus, as well as from bronchial diseases. EVIS X1 supports screening and diagnosis through introducing new technologies to support how gastrointestinal disorders, such as colorectal cancer (CRC), or bronchial diseases are detected, characterised and treated. These include Extended Depth of Field (EDOF), Red Dichromatic Imaging (RDI), Texture and Colour Enhancement Imaging (TXI) as well as the already known and proven Narrow Band Imaging (NBI). Being committed to innovation, Olympus is also already developing future technologies – in particular featuring artificial intelligence (AI). Frank Drewalowski, head of endoscopic soluti...

HealthChampion to acquire software development company

HealthChampion, a digital health analytics company will be acquiring alligatortek, a software development company and Microsoft partner. alligatortek delivers bespoke software development built on a cloud technology stack. Its innovative solutions address process bottlenecks to improve efficiency, productivity and the bottom line for clients. The acquisition aims to strengthen HealthChampion’s position and enhance its ability to rapidly deploy expanded remote care and data analytics to consumers and B2B partners. HealthChampion aims to empower users to automatically gather and securely share their data with doctors, nurses, therapists, trainers, loved ones and other caregivers to improve health outcomes. With increased health risks, including COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to...

Clean air tech firm responds to COVID-19 pandemic with Medic-Safe

Quantum Air Technology has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by developing Medic-Safe. Quantum Air Technology is a clean air and containment specialist company that manufactures leading edge technology products to both medical and defence market sectors. The Medic-Safe product aims to create a safe environment for healthcare professionals working with COVID-19 patients by creating an inward flow of air away from medics and patients then filtering and containing the virus to prevent it’s spread. This containment airflow barrier combined with the physical protection of the enclosure aims to create a safe and contained environment for the medics to carry out their duties. On its website, the company states: “We have considered our response to this initiative and believe the best match betwee...

Automation specialist and manufacturer strike licence agreement over facemasks

PIA Automation and machine manufacturer Ruhlamat have signed a licence agreement to meet the demand for facemasks during the Coronavirus pandemic. The demand for facemasks remains high and continues to rise. It will take time until an approved vaccine is available. Many machine manufacturers together with their customers to increase the machine production of masks. Due to the number of requests and the need to provide mask production machines, PIA Amberg, the medical competence centre of the PIA Group, has increased its capacities and started a three-shift operation in compliance with all health and safety measures. Ruhlamat distributes and builds the mask production systems developed by PIA under license. The objective is to be able to quickly satisfy the high global demand for protective...

Fingerprinting test firm aiming to develop COVID-19 solution

Intelligent Fingerprinting – developers of a portable fingerprint-based drug screening system – believes the capabilities of its technology and portable instrumentation could lead to the development of a COVID-19 test. Currently, Coronavirus diagnostic tests can take hours if they have to wait for results at a hospital, or days if the swab test sample needs to be sent off to a laboratory for testing. However, by using the lateral flow assay technology within Intelligent Fingerprinting’s testing cartridge and the fluorescence measurement techniques within its portable reader, it believes there is potential to create a portable Coronavirus diagnostic testing approach that could deliver results on-site within just ten minutes. Lord Darzi, director of the Institute of Global Health Innova...