COVID-19 threw a gargantuan curveball at medtech, but these industry predictions for 2020 have been surprisingly on point, so far. See what we got right and what we didn't.
The National Institutes of Health has launched the Medical Imaging and Data Resource Center (MIDRC), an ambitious effort that will harness the powers of artificial intelligence, and medical imaging to fight COVID-19. The multi-institutional collaboration, led by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of NIH, will create new tools that physicians can use for early detection and personalized therapies for COVID-19 patients.
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A leading trend in cancer therapy over the past 20 years is our increasing ability to develop and deliver personalized therapy tailored to provide optimum safety and efficacy based on the unique needs of individual patients.
The CARE for COVID Program, led by KMPM company Ambry Genetics, helps employers address critical challenges surrounding COVID-19 testing, including helping determine who can return to work, who should be tested, the frequency of employee wellness checks, and test type.
Mount Sinai researchers are the first in the country to use artificial intelligence (AI) combined with imaging, and clinical data to analyze patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). They have developed a unique algorithm that can rapidly detect COVID-19 based on how lung disease looks in computed tomography (CT scans) of the chest, in combination with patient information including symptoms, age, bloodwork, and possible contact with someone infected with the virus.
Beyond its human toll, the current situation is placing a significant burden on businesses around the world. Companies and institutions reacted quickly and responsibly, prioritizing the safety of their employees, customers and partners. Consequentially, established workflows and production chains were completely overthrown or halted within a matter of weeks. To recover from this unprecedented external shock – while at the same time continuing to ensure the highest level of safety for their employees – organizations will need to pursue new, innovative paths.
Invicro LLC, a Konica Minolta company, is working with Microsoft to create a free repository of COVID-19 diagnostic CT and X-ray datasets to facilitate understanding and treating this global threat.
As a way to limit patient risk of exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS expanded Medicare telehealth coverage, enabling beneficiaries to receive a wider range of health care services from their doctors without having to travel to a health care facility. This expansion temporarily pays clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries across the country, which some said was helpful to orthopedic surgeons when state governors announced the delay of all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical and dental procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak.
CMS recently announced that video and chat apps that normally do not comply with HIPAA security and privacy regulations can be used to facilitate patient care during the COVID-19 public health emergency.