COVID-19 Report

To Listen

We have compiled a playlist from all our shows and podcasts on our network that discuss the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Products and Technology

USMEDIC Collaborates with VMware to Develop a Medical Equipment Tracking and Management Solution Designed to Help Support Healthcare Organizations In Their Battle Against COVID-19
U.S. Medical Equipment Consultants, Inc. engaged with VMware’s Pivotal Labs to create, test and deploy a solution that enables healthcare organizations to quickly locate and manage critical medical equipment used to care for patients with Covid-19. In addition to providing equipment location data, the solution allows users to determine equipment’s availability for use with patients, request equipment repair service and perform other vital equipment management duties using a smartphone or tablet.

August 2020 Social Distancing Rankings
TOP Data (@TOPAgencyGlobal) analyzed mobility data to determine the number of daily close human interactions that last longer than 5 minutes and the impact on COVID cases. They organized the data collected into a new, interactive county-level social distancing map.

DetectaChem Receives FDA EUA Authorization for Mobile COVID-19 Detection Technology
DetectaChem (@DetectaChem), a provider of innovative portable threat detection technologies used daily by U.S. Homeland Security, Department of Defense and first responder agencies around the world, announces their MobileDetect Bio (MD-Bio) BCC19 COVID-19 test kit has received FDA (Food and Drug Administration) EUA (Emergency Use Authorization).

Maxim Biomedical Inc. Rapid Antigen COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Test to Deliver Results in Less Than 15 Minutes While Reducing Risk of Exposure to Healthcare Workers
Maxim Biomedical (Maxim), a company dedicated to the development of high quality, in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) and Point-of-Care (POC) testing solutions, announced plans to produce and market as many as 3 million Maxim SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Tests (patent pending) by the end of the year. The test was developed in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADxSM) initiative.

Tanjo AI Technology to Power New Community Confidence Tool for North Carolina’s COVID-19 Reopening
Tanjo AI LLC (@TanjoHQ), a machine learning company, will be powering North Carolina’s COVID-19 reopening through its artificial intelligence technology platform.

Baylor Scott & White Health Launches Digital At-Home Monitoring for Children Diagnosed with COVID-19
Baylor Scott & White Health (@bswhealth) has launched expanded digital care options via the MyBSWHealth app and online portal to provide support for children who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Digital at-home monitoring has been available for adults ages 18 and older since May.

News and Noted

COVID-19 Cases in Children Reach a Grim Milestone, Surpassing a Half-million: American Academy of Pediatrics
More than 513,000 U.S. children have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the American Academy of Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds) and Children’s Hospital Association began tracking cases in the spring, according to the latest weekly report that compiles state-by-state data.

Cash prize winners of first phase of COVID-19 data challenge announced
The American Heart Association (@American_Heart), Hitachi Vantara (@HitachiVantara) and BurstIQ (@BurstIQ) announce finalists in the first phase of the American Heart Association COVID-19 data challenge focused on understanding relationships between COVID-19, health disparities, other health conditions.

Inaugural Edition: Weekly COVID-19 Lab Testing Insights from hc1
The CV19 Lab Testing Dashboard powered by hc1 (@hc1dotcom) provides local lab testing insights that include state, county, and sub-county views of Local Risk Index, COVID-19 testing rates and results, and key demographic filters for those tested (age, gender). Data used in the dashboard comes from more than 20,000 lab ordering locations from a coalition of laboratories performing up to 40 percent of the nation’s laboratory testing.

CVS Health makes COVID-19 testing available for children 12 years and older at its more than 2,000 drive-thru test sites
As part of its comprehensive effort to increase access to COVID-19 testing in order to help slow the spread of the virus, CVS Health (@cvshealth) announced that children age 12 years and older are eligible for testing at the more than 2,000 test sites located at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru testing locations, starting Friday, September 11. In addition, more than 120 new test sites will open Friday at CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across the country.

Vaccine News:

Statement on AstraZeneca Oxford SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, AZD1222, COVID-19 vaccine trials temporary pause
AstraZeneca (@AstraZeneca) reports that as part of the ongoing randomised, controlled clinical trials of the AstraZeneca Oxford coronavirus vaccine, AZD1222, a standard review process has been triggered, leading to the voluntary pause of vaccination across all trials to allow an independent committee to review the safety data of a single event of an unexplained illness that occurred in the UK Phase III trial.

FDA commissioner: No matter what, only a safe, effective vaccine will get our approval

To Read

Comparison of Clinical Features of COVID-19 vs Seasonal Influenza A and B in US Children – by JAMA Network Open (@jamanetworkopen) – In a cohort study of 315 children with COVID-19 and 1402 children with seasonal influenza, there were no statistically significant differences in the rates of hospitalization, admission to the intensive care unit, and mechanical ventilator use between the 2 groups. More patients with COVID-19 than with seasonal influenza reported fever, diarrhea or vomiting, headache, body ache, or chest pain at the time of diagnosis.

Latest from HHS:
Trump Administration Takes Action to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
Trump Administration Announces $2 Billion Provider Relief Fund Nursing Home Incentive Payment Plans
Trump Administration Announces Provider Relief Fund Application for Assisted Living Facilities


Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers (PRI)
What: COVID-19 Physician Peer Support
When: Mondays 8:00 p ET; Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm ET
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COVID-19 Physician Peer Support – PRI has multiple weekly complimentary Virtual Support Groups on Coping with COVID-19 which your fellow physicians have been utilizing and finding great comfort and support from.

COVID-19 Resources
HealthcareNOW Radio rounded up some health IT resources being offered by companies to help healthcare professionals, American citizens and all of those affected in the fight against the coronavirus.

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