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 August 2-8, 2020

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A military-civilian perspective on real-world evidence to support regulatory decision making

This article summarizes the framework promoting the collection and analysis of real-world data (RWD) in the healthcare system. The authors emphasize how the US Military Health System (MHS) used RWD during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars to achieve historic rates of survival and describe a new era of collaboration between the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Nuance and Cerner Expand Strategic Voice AI Collaboration to Include Dragon Medical Virtual Assistant Technology

BURLINGTON, Mass., July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nuance® Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that it has expanded its long-standing AI collaboration with Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ: CERN) to include the integration of Nuance's virtual assistant technology into the Cerner Millennium® electronic health record (EHR). Building upon the existing integration between Nuance's Dragon® Medical platform and Cerner Millennium, joint clients can utilize Nuance's advanced natural language virtual assistant technology to navigate the EHR using just their voice, giving clinicians more time to spend with their patients and less time with their computer.

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Leading Israeli Hospitals Launch CLEW AI-Based TeleICU To Support COVID-19 Crisis

CLEW announced that its TeleICU solution – CLEW-ICU – is being deployed by Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital) and Sheba Medical Center as an innovative new way to manage and treat patients infected with the COVID-19 virus while protecting frontline care workers.

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A test powered by artificial intelligence (AI) can identify COVID-19 within one hour of a patient arriving in A&E by analysing their vital signs and blood test data (file photo)
New AI test identifies COVID-19 within ONE HOUR of a patient's arrival in A&E by analysing data from blood tests and vital signs

A test powered by artificial intelligence (AI) can identify COVID-19 within one hour of a patient arriving in A&E by analysing their vital signs and blood test data.

Developed by researchers from University of Oxford, the system — dubbed the Curial AI — can make its diagnoses based on routinely gathered information alone.

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Study Reveals How Will The Population Accept COVID-19 Tracing Apps

New study has investigated how decision-makers can use coronavirus tracing app designs to achieve mass acceptance. The study was conducted by an international research team led by the University of Göttingen and published in the European Journal of Information Systems.

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HHS, VA, DOE Launch COVID-19 Big Data Analytics Collaborative

The COVID-19 Insights Partnership will leverage big data analytics tools to conduct research and find possible treatments for the virus.

July 30, 2020 - The Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs have announced a new big data analytics initiative to coordinate and share COVID-19 information.

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Optimization of microswimmer shape for targeted drug delivery. Illustration of a future use case for the medical microrobots emphasizing an important design tradeoff. Double-helical magnetic microswimmers with filled internal cores are 3D-printed as concentrated drug-carrying bodies. Three morphological derivatives of the same design are tested with the same body length, outer diameter, and body volume, only varying the number of helical turns along the major axis (2-turn, 5-turn, and 10-turn). Two-turn microswimmers exhibit the best locomotion performance, yet they were preferentially targeted by the macrophages. Increasing turn number CREDIT: A KITTERMAN/ deteriorates swimming performance while reducing immunogenicity, presenting a compromise between speed and physical interactions with the immune system. Credit: Science Robotics, doi: 10.1126/scirobotics.abc7620
Interaction dynamics between designer microrobots and the immune system

Mobile medical microrobots can now be engineered in the lab for broad ranging applications from personalized disease treatment to targeted drug delivery. During their structural design, bioengineers aim to minimize physical interactions with cells of the immune system by optimizing the morphology (shape) of the device and its surface chemistry. It is therefore important to understand the interplay between the contributions of such parameters toward effective, target-oriented locomotion and low immunogenicity.

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