TATRC Tech-Watch Weekly

A weekly collection of COVID-19 focused Telemedicine articles, emerging technologies, clinical guidelines, and workflows from across industry, academia, medical research, and government. Brought to you by the USAMRDC's Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center.



Week of October 11-17, 2020

U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases researchers Laura Prugar (blue mask), Kathleen Huie (print mask) and Nicole Josleyn
(purple mask) use a microneutralization assay and a high-throughput fluorescent imaging system to determine levels of neutralizing antibody to SARS-CoV-2 in convalescent patients. (John W. Braun Jr., USAMRIID VIO)
Army researchers collaborate on universal antibody test for COVID-19

ADELPHI, Md. -- Researchers with the U.S. Army Futures Command are part of a team that tested alternative ways to measure COVID-19 antibody levels, resulting in a process that is faster, easier and less expensive to use on a large scale.

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The Covid-19 ‘Infowhelm’

When we read the newspaper, turn on the television, or scroll through social media, we’re daily met with data: dizzying numbers of disease prevalence, fatalities, ventilators, unemployment claims; models predicting time to hospital overload, time to reopen for business.

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NextGen Healthcare Enables Health Centers in Underserved Communities to Provide Whole Person Care During COVID-19

NextGen Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXGN), a leading provider of ambulatory-focused technology solutions, announced that La Maestra Family Clinic Inc., a federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations throughout San Diego, Calif. is leveraging NextGen® Enterprise with integrated telehealth and behavioral health capabilities to deliver critical whole person care to underserved communities in San Diego. Close to 90 percent of La Maestra’s providers are utilizing NextGen Virtual Visits™ to treat the influx of appointment requests, including those suffering from mental health issues amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FDA Issues Guidance on Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products During COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter ways of life across the globe, clinical trials must be adapted for participant safety while maintaining accuracy in the midst of the ongoing crisis.

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New online research database set to boost battle against COVID-19

Researchers around the world can tap into a new inter-disciplinary online database of COVID-19 research - allowing them to search for new partners, resources and funding to boost the global battle against the virus.

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3D-printed masks made for a New Hampshire hospital amid PPE shortages in March. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Covid-19 Has Designers Reimagining Personal Protective Equipment

The global pandemic has led to a surge in demand for PPE. Inventors have responded—with mixed results.

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Week of October 4-10, 2020

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NIH RADx initiative advances six new COVID-19 testing technologies

The National Institutes of Health, working in collaboration with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), today announced a third round of contract awards for scale-up and manufacturing of new COVID-19 testing technologies.

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Operating Rooms Turn to Zoom-Like Technology for the Age of Covid

(Bloomberg) -- Operating rooms tend to be busy places, often bustling with not just the surgeon, but also a phalanx of aides, students, technical advisers and, yes, medical device sales reps. That’s not exactly an ideal environment for social distancing.

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The Cleveland Clinic's 2020 Medical Innovation Summit took place entirely online Tuesday. Seen here during a panel discussion on digital innovation are (clockwise from left) moderator and CNBC health reporter Chrissy Farr; Dr. Alistair Erskine, the chief digital health officer at Mass General Brigham; Clinic Chief Information Officer Matt Kull; UCHealth Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Richard Zane; and Angela Yochem, the chief digital and technology officer at Novant Health. (Courtesy Cleveland Clinic)Courtesy Cleveland Clinic.
7 takeaways from a Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit dominated by coronavirus

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The coronavirus loomed large over the Cleveland Clinic’s 18th annual Medical Innovation Summit, and talk of the pandemic dominated most of the panel discussions throughout Tuesday’s event.

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A simple dipstick allows genetic material to be extracted in as little as 30 seconds. Credit: The University of Queensland
New tech could offer 'faster, cheaper and mobile' COVID-19 diagnosis

Technology that helps to quickly extract and analyze genetic material could be used for cheap, accurate and mobile COVID-19 testing, including at airports and remote testing centers.

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NIH harnesses AI for COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring

The National Institutes of Health has launched the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center (MIDRC), an ambitious effort that will harness the power of artificial intelligence and medical imaging to fight COVID-19.

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With AI-assisted video calls, first, the sender sends a reference image
of the caller. Then, instead of sending a stream of pixel-packed images,it sends specific reference points on the image around the eyes, nose, and mouth.
NVIDIA Uses AI to Slash Bandwidth on Video Calls

NVIDIA Research has invented a way to use AI to dramatically reduce video call bandwidth while simultaneously improving quality.

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