ABL-Tech Member News & Industry Trendletter * February 17, 2021

>>> Malik Arshad is President of Canoga Perkins Corp., which makes innovative and reliable products, helping service providers to build modern, high-capacity, scalable, and adaptive network connectivity solutions for 5G, 4G, and industrial networks. Malik has been in his current role since August 2019, and joined the company in 2010 as Manager of Field Programmable Gate Arrays, where he led a technically and geographically diverse team to deliver a "world's-first" 100-gigabit ethernet network interface device. More recently, he was VP of Engineering and Development. Prior to Canoga Perkins, Malik was Senior IC Engineer at Teradyne, and Co-Founder of Xceler Networks, which designed wire-speed network security technologies and developed algorithms and implementations for network security modules. Earlier, he had stints at several other startups, including CommQuest Technologies, which was acquired by IBM, Xylan, which was acquired by Alcatel, now Nokia, and Extreme Networks. Malik has joined the ABL-Tech SGV Round Table.

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AfterNow Prez is in Public Beta & Available on Multiple Platforms

AfterNow Prez is now in Public Beta and available on Hololens, Quest via SideQuest, and Oculus For Business. The platform to create and deliver presentations remotely in augmented or virtual reality is ideal for sales pitches, high-stake meetings, training, and education. AfterNow has published How to join an AfterNow Prez presentation on Quest and How to join an AfterNow Prez presentation on Hololens. (Philippe Lewicki, WLA)

Cornerstone Chosen by Microsoft Viva for Employee Experience Platform

Cornerstone OnDemand is one of the first Learning Management Software partners for Microsoft Viva, a new Employee Experience Platform, where Cornerstone Learning and Saba Cloud will be integrated in the new app. Microsoft Viva Learning will enable users to access valuable learning content from Cornerstone in a single workflow, removing the friction of switching back and forth between learning platforms and Teams.
Meanwhile, Cornerstone announced its Strategic Leader position in the Fosway 9-Grid for Learning Systems for 2021, retaining the leading position for the 8th year in a row. (Adam Miller, WLA)

Delphi Display Collaborates with Revel on Enhanced Solution + Serves Chick-fil-A

Delphi Display Systems has partnered with Revel Systems, a cloud-based point of sale and business management platform, to bring to market an enhanced drive-thru solution, allowing restaurants of any size to implement a fully integrated drive-thru experience identical to the standards set by national brands. The integration enables restaurants to quickly update and schedule menu content, product promotions, pricing, nutritional information, and more from any web-enabled device.
Also, Delphi Display recently developed a drive-thru video chat kiosk ordering system for a New Jersey-based Chick-fil-A franchisee, allowing restaurant employees to communicate with drive-thru customers using iPads from inside the store. (Ken Neeld, OC)

Eckert & Ziegler to Build U.S. Facility for Radiopharma Services + Wins Contracts & Awards

Eckert & Ziegler (EZ) is expanding its site near Boston to include a new production facility for the contract manufacturing of radiopharmaceuticals, and has won a contract from the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group in the Netherlands to build hot cells.
Meanwhile, Pentixapharm GmbH, an EZ associate, received confirmation from the European Medicines Agency that its Pentixafor may be tested directly in a phase III clinical study. The Gallium-68 labelled radiodiagnostic detects CXCR4-positive solid tumors and CXCR4-positive hematological malignancies.
Further, for the second time in a row, EZ has received an "Excellent Training Quality" award from the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce. (Frank Yeager, SGV)

MyKaarma Provides ELEVATE Event Recordings

Access recordings of MyKaarma's ELEVATE 2021 Event here, including: Elevating Performance By Knowing Your Numbers; Innovative Service Lead Management That Just Works; and Turning On Mobile Service Has Never Been Easier. (Ujj Nath, WLA)

OEwaves Demonstrates Optical Phase Noise Test System

In this 90-second video, OEwaves' provides an introduction to its industry-leading HI-Q Optical Phase Noise Test System. The user-friendly system is capable of rapidly measuring laser phase noise and estimating its FWHM linewidth down to less than 3 Hz without complex setup or reference lasers normally required to make such a narrow linewidth measurement. (Lute Maleki, Ph.D., SGV)

Optimum Info Named a Top Field Service Management Solutions Provider + Debuts IKON Website

Optimum Info was recently selected by CIO Applications magazine as a Top Field Service Management Solutions Provider, and an interview with CEO Arvind Verma, highlighting the company's solutions, was featured in the January issue.
Meanwhile, Optimum Info launched a website for IKON, their cloud-based solution for Dealer Contact & Field Operations Management, which allows users to request a free test drive of the system. (Arvind Verma, OC)

Parasoft Solution Earns Top Score in Independent Research Report

Parasoft's offering for static application security testing (SAST) received the highest score in the reporting criterion in The Forrester Wave: SAST, Q1 2021. Powered by AI security tools, Parasoft's SAST Solution supports more than 25 languages and frameworks. (Elizabeth Kolawa, Ph.D., SGV)

PeopleG2 Provides Leadership Guidance in Webinars, Podcast & More

On February 17, PeopleG2's Chris Dyer will co-host a leadership webinar - Becoming Unstoppable - at 11 a.m. Pacific, which will give participants tools to identify strengths, challenges, and opportunities. And, on Feb. 24-25, Chris will speak at the 8th Annual Organizational Development Conference 2021.
Also, Chris participated in a recent episode of the DistantJob Podcast, on How to Measure Productivity in Virtual Teams. Further, PeopleHum named Chris one of the top 200 thoughts leaders to follow in 2021.
Meanwhile, read recent blogs from PeopleG2 here, including: "Introducing SwiftID, Real Time Mobile Identity Verification;" "5 Ways to Make Your Recruitment Process 4x Faster;" and "Four Ways to Evaluate Remote Candidates." (Chris Dyer, SGV)

ProProfs Wins Multiple Awards from Digital.com & g2.com

Digital.com recently honored ProProfs products with multiple accolades, naming ProProfs Survey Maker to its list of the Best Survey Software Companies of 2021; declaring Training Maker one of the 20 best LMS software of 2021; and deeming ProProfs Project among the Best Task Management Software 2021.
And, g2.com has bestowed ProProfs Project and the company's help desk solution with the High Performer Winter 2021 and Help Desk Software Winter 2021 awards. (Sameer Bhatia, WLA)

Siemens & ASE Collaborate on High-Density Advanced Package Designs

Siemens Digital Industries Software's collaboration with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering has generated two new enablement solutions engineered to help mutual customers create and evaluate multiple complex integrated circuit package assemblies and interconnect scenarios in an easy-to-use, data-robust graphical environment prior to and during physical design implementation. (Greg Lebsack, WLA)

Tanner Research CEO to Present Virtual Nutrition Science Workshops

On the evenings of March 11 (click here) and April 6 (click here), John Tanner, Ph.D., of Tanner Research, will present free Nutrition Science Virtual Workshops, via Zoom, where he will relay to participants the scientific information they need to avoid heart disease and other leading killers with a proper diet. The group will discuss strategies for change and John will field questions. (John Tanner, Ph.D., SGV)

The Joy Factory Rolls Out First Product in aXtion Extreme Series

The Joy Factory recently launched the first product in its aXtion Extreme Series - a heavy-duty enclosure for iPads, designed to work in extreme work environments, including oil, gas, mining, food, and textile manufacturing and construction segments/verticals. The aXtion Extreme Series case is displayed in this two-minute video. (Sampson Yang, OC, & Miranda Su, SGV)

WorkDone's Joe Rogers to Provide AI Expertise at Accelerating Growth Event

Joe Rogers of WorkDone will serve as a panelist at the Future Proofing Now to Accelerate Growth event, on February 25. This virtual summit is for business leaders looking to build a state of continuous adaptation, empower their teams to accelerate how they work, and break out of organizational friction. Sessions are geared for people interested in AI, data analytics, agile, and cultivating innovation in their organizations. (Joe Rogers, WLA)

Xsolla Launches New Mobile Game Commerce Solution

Xsolla has introduced a mobile game commerce solution designed to manage mobile games beyond the app stores. Powered by Transaction Engine and Business Engine to help developers and publishers market, sell, connect and optimize their games globally, the solution provides the tools to successfully operate PC and online versions of their mobile games, and create top-up experiences for players to add virtual currencies to their accounts.
Meanwhile, Xsolla recently debuted Diamond Club, a growing collective of video game developers, publishers, and distributors with opportunities to network, share ideas, and solve mutual challenges together. (Shurick Agapitov, WLA)

AwareNow on: Choosing a Business and/or Personal Coach

In 4 Steps to Hire a Coach for Yourself or Your Business, AwareNow elaborates on identifying your needs; finding candidates from referrals and recommendations; performing due diligence; and interviewing.
And, in Top 7 Coaching Trends for 2021, AwareNow presents the results of its poll of expert coaches and industry observers. (Alina Trigubenko, WLA)

Dave Berkus on: Business Planning

In Could you achieve ten percent net income each month?, Dave explains why, when modeling your business operations, you should add a row to your spreadsheet that calculates 10% profit from sales each month.
And, read other recent articles from Dave here, including: "Can you defend your plan without being defensive?;" "Don't get hung up on early-stage valuation;" and "Please don't overestimate your audience's knowledge." (Dave Berkus, SGV & WLA)

Electrosonic on: Selecting an LED Display Solution

In Which LED Solution You Should Choose This Year, Electrosonic acknowledges that the sprawling landscape of display solutions, including microLED, QLED, OLED, and transparent OLED, can be difficult to navigate, and so takes a deeper look at them, in an effort to determine which is the true future of LED solutions. (Bryan Hinckley, SGV)

GetVisible on: Capitalizing on Digital Marketing

In How to Create Amazing Blog Posts, GetVisible shares tips on creating great content that can position you as an expert, get traffic to your website, acquire leads, and can cost nothing to produce.
Meanwhile, GetVisible CEO Jason Ciment was recently interviewed in a video which he has divided into topical segments (click to watch):
> How to figure out a monthly marketing cost;
> Calculating ROI on digital marketing;
> Where can I reach my customers online. (Jason Ciment, WLA)

Half Past Nine on: Apple's New App-Tracking Transparency Update

In Everything Advertisers Need to Know About Apple's New App Tracking Transparency Update, Half Past Nine's Kenneth Shen discusses how Apple is taking its anti-tracking agenda to the next level, already creating massive shifts in the digital advertising landscape. (Kenneth Shen, WLA)

Intellect on: Defining a True Culture of Quality

In What is Quality Culture?, Intellect examines several key areas to focus on: communicate management's commitment; define clear standards; align incentives; recognize and empower employees. (Romeo Elias, WLA)

Pegasus One on: Self-Service IT, Data Science & Machine Learning

In 6 Best Practices for IT Leaders to Enable Effective Self-Service, Pegasus One shares that customer self service is expected to account for 64% of all customer engagement by 2022, while 85% of all customer interactions will start with self service.
And, in Putting data science and machine learning to work, Pegasus One describes how to put data to use to answer tough business problems by accelerating experimentation and enabling collaboration around massive data sets. (Tushar Puri, OC)

Alvaka Networks Reports Cybersecurity Trends to Watch For in 2021

In Cybersecurity Trends to Watch for in 2021, Alvaka Networks reports that CompTIA has established a Cybersecurity Advisory Council, which includes Alvaka's COO/CISO, and which aims to provide cybersecurity best practices and education to tech companies. The council has named the top 3 cybersecurity trends to look out for in 2021; in summary they are: long-lasting effects of the FireEye compromise will continue to surface due to the lack of awareness or action from some companies and organizations; the amount and frequency of email compromise will continue to rise in 2021, and themes surrounding Covid and politics will still be prevalent; and at the rate ransomware is moving, everyone in the industry will likely need to address it in some way.
Read other recent posts from Alvaka here, including: "Does Your Firm Qualify for Cyber Breach Insurance? And if your firm buys cyber breach insurance, will the insurance pay?;" "The #1 Question: If I Pay the Ransom, Will I Get My Data Back?;" and "Ransomware Recovery Timeframes: How Long Does It Take to Recover?" (Oli Thordarson, ABL-Health OC)

Axene Health Joins "Virtual First Medical Practice Collaboration" as Founding Member

Axene Health Partners recently announced participation as a founding member of IMPACT - Virtual First Medical Practice Collaboration. IMPACT founding members are working to enable expanded access to high quality, evidence-based virtual care for patients, healthcare providers, and payers in order to improve clinical and health economic outcomes, enhance access, and provide a better overall patient experience. (John Price, ABL-Health SF)

Biospectal Launches Public Beta of OptiBP for Android; Receives Media Coverage

At the recent CES 2021, Biospectal announced the public beta launch of its Biospectal OptiBP for Android, which provides people worldwide with a medical-grade device that integrates directly into the "ubiquitous smartphone already in their pocket," enabling instantaneous blood pressure measurement and monitoring, anytime and anywhere. As a result, Biospectal and CEO Eliott Jones have received extensive media coverage, including:
> Eliott Jones's Big Idea That Might Change The World, in Authority Magazine;
> Video interview with Eliott by CNET: OptiBP lets you monitor blood pressure on the go with your phone;
> Health tech unveiled at CES: New high-tech ways to monitor blood pressure, detect Alzheimer's and crush germs, in USA Today;
> CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future, in Wired magazine. (Eliott Jones, ABL-Health SV)

Elemeno Health Spotlighted in Industry Journal Cover Story

A recent cover story in ICE Magazine (Advancing Imaging Professional) spotlights Elemeno Health and its CEO Arup Roy-Burman, MD. An excerpt from the article - The New Normal: The Imaging Landscape in Late-Stage Pandemic Days - includes: "With pandemic-related protocols changing on the fly, and especially when depleted staff may not have a full roster of colleagues on hand to consult, technologies that replace face-to-face interactions allow valuable information to be shared in a chaotic time without compromising safety ... Elemeno Health offers a technological solution to what Roy-Burman describes as 'the knowledge-practice gap,' i.e., the shortfall between institutional knowledge and bedside manner: on-demand videos comprising the accumulated learning of the organization's 'best and brightest.' He calls it "bite-sized micro-learning at the point of care.'" (Arup Roy-Burman, MD, ABL-Health OAK)

GeBBS Healthcare Solutions Suggests Strategies for Improving Medical Coding

In Top Strategies for Improving Your Medical Coding Audits, GeBBS Healthcare Solutions notes that over-coding comes with the potential for massive financial penalties and regulatory concerns, but at the same time, under-coding can mean millions of dollars in lost revenue. It's a delicate balance that requires ongoing education, training, process improvement, and yes - auditing.
And, in In the Extended Wake of COVID-19, is Outsourcing Medical Coding the Answer?, GeBBS says that in 2020, 29 more hospitals filed for bankruptcy, and many more are on the brink with losses mounting. For healthcare organizations working tirelessly to reduce overhead expenses, improve margins, and streamline operations, many look to outsourcing as a sound decision both logically and fiscally. (Gabe Stein, ABL-Health LA)

LigoLab Praised by Whatcom County Health Department

In A Testing Site With No Lines - Learn How the Whatcom County Health Department Became a Model for Others to Follow, Lynn Pittsinger, a Supervisor for Washington's Whatcom County Health Department, shares how her smaller team is able to handle the site's current testing capacity (currently testing between 2,500 and 3,000 patients every five days) while providing patients with a smooth and stress-free experience: the keys are a well-oiled team, an excellent lab testing partner in Northwest Laboratory, and a system centered around LigoLab Information Systems' TestDirectly Direct-to-Consumer Portal.
Read other posts from LigoLab here, including: "Is Your Clinical Laboratory Ready to Support The Biden Administration's COVID Testing Plan?" and "LigoLab Gives Labs a Convenient and User-Friendly Way to Incentivize Patients and Accelerate Payments." (Suren Avunjian, LA)

MedWand Named Among 2020's 12 Biggest Innovations in Health & Science

Brazil's popular tech outlet, CanalTech, named MedWand one of the 12 biggest innovations in health and science of 2020; notably MedWand is the only telehealth company on the list. CanalTech said: "Telemedicine was in evidence in 2020, being a solution to avoid contact with other people who may be contaminated by the coronavirus, whenever possible. And to further enhance the trend, the MedWand diagnostic kit was created, which allows patients to screen their health in their own home, with medical monitoring."
Meanwhile, other recent media coverage for MedWand includes: CES 2021: Will the Meteoric Rise of Telemedicine Continue Post-Covid, in Medical Expo e-mag, and How Smart Toilets, Toothbrushes and Thermometers May Soon Save Your Life, in Entrepreneur. (Bob Rose, ABL-Health OC)

Savi Group Reports on E/M Coding Changes

In E/M Coding Changes Coming in 2021, Savi Group notes that CMS has revised Evaluation and Management office visit codes in the hopes of improving documentation efficiencies. (Sumit Mahendru, ABL-Health OC)

VivaLNK Provides Cardiac Patch for Sleep Bruxism Study

VivaLNK has announced an agreement to supply its wearable ECG monitors to Stanford University for research on a study entitled, "Emotion Dysregulation and Sleep-Time Masticatory Muscle Activity in Sleep Bruxism." The NIH/NIDCR-funded study spans 150 subjects with data collection over a 21-day period during sleep. Data collected includes emotion reactivity and regulation, subjective sleep perception, sleeptime rhythmic masticatory muscle activity, and actigraphy. VivaLNK's ECG monitors provide an uninterrupted continuous stream of data that can be analyzed in real time or retrospectively for trends and patterns, or to derive correlations between physiological and emotional impact. (Jiang Li, Ph.D., ABL-Health SV)

Positive Trend Continues for US Tech Sector Employment: CompTIA Finds

Hiring in the U.S. technology sector continued on an upward trajectory in January, with employers adding 19,500 jobs, an analysis by CompTIA reveals. Four of the five tech sector employment categories recorded job gains, according to a U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics report - marking the sector's best January hiring month since 2017. IT occupations in all sectors of the economy grew by 78,000+ positions. Among metropolitan areas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and San Jose recorded the highest month-over-month gains in IT job postings. California, Florida, Ohio, Georgia, and New York had the strongest performance among the states. (https://www.comptia.org/newsroom/press-releases/2021/02/05/positive-trend-continues-for-us-tech-sector-employment-comptia-analysis-finds)

15 Big Ideas "Most Likely to Change the World"

ARK Invest's "Big Ideas" annual research report highlights the latest developments in innovation and offers some of ARK's most provocative research conclusions. ARK Big Ideas 2021 include the following: Deep Learning; Reinvention of the Data Center; Virtual Worlds; Digital Wallets; Bitcoin Fundamentals; Bitcoin - Preparing for Institutions; Electric Vehicles; Automation; Autonomous Ride-Hailing; Delivery Drones; Orbital Aerospace; 3D Printing; Long Read Sequencing; Multi-Cancer Screening; and Cell and Gene Therapy Generation 2. (https://www.zdnet.com/article/disruptive-innovation-2021-these-15-big-ideas-are-most-likely-to-change-the-world/)

Biden Administration Planning "Aggressive" Action to Alleviate Chip Shortages

The Biden administration is planning "aggressive steps" to alleviate the global semiconductor shortage, which has impacted the auto industry and contributed to the scarcity of next-generation gaming consoles, Bloomberg reports. President Biden "is expected to sign an executive order directing a government-wide supply chain review for critical goods in the coming weeks, with the chip shortage a central concern behind the probe," the report says. Among the administration's priorities: "identifying choke points in supply chains" to ease current shortages. In the longer term, the White House may also create new incentives to bring chip manufacturing into the United States, according to CNBC. (https://www.engadget.com/joe-biden-executive-order-chip-shortage-194553846.html)

Semiconductors are in short supply because of strong demand for consumer electronics, spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic. The first wave involved people buying PCs, monitors and other gear for working or going to school remotely. Then, last fall, home entertainment gadgets like game consoles, TVs, smartphones and tablets started flying off the shelves. The Consumer Tech Association said that 2020 was the biggest year on record with nearly $442 billion in retail sales revenue, and is projecting big demand for game consoles, headphones, and smart home products in 2021. All these devices include a ton of chips - not just the central processor which can cost tens or hundreds of dollars, but also less expensive little chips for controlling the display, or managing power, or operating a 5G modem. (https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/10/whats-causing-the-chip-shortage-affecting-ps5-cars-and-more.html)

TikTok Sale to Oracle, Walmart Shelved as Biden Reviews Security

A U.S. plan to force the sale of TikTok's American operations to a group including Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc. has been shelved indefinitely, people familiar with the situation said, as President Biden undertakes a broad review of his predecessor's efforts to address potential security risks from Chinese tech companies. The TikTok deal - which had been driven by then-President Trump - has languished since last fall in the midst of successful legal challenges to the U.S. government's effort by TikTok's owner, China's ByteDance Ltd. In a recent development, the Biden administration asked to delay the government's appeal of a federal district court judge's December injunction against the TikTok ban. In a court filing, the Biden administration said it had begun a review of the agency action that would help it determine whether the national security threat cited by the Trump administration continues to warrant the ban. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/tiktok-sale-to-oracle-walmart-is-shelved-as-biden-reviews-security-11612958401)
Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that ByteDance has also shelved its proposed deal to sell TikTok to American firms Oracle and Walmart. (https://nypost.com/2021/02/15/bytedance-reportedly-scraps-deal-to-sell-tiktok-to-oracle/)

SAFE TECH Act Offers Section 230 Reform; Law's Defenders Warn of Major Side Effects

In a recent bill, Senate Democrats Mark Warner (D-VA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) propose changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that would fundamentally change the 1996 law widely credited with cultivating the modern internet. Section 230 is a legal shield that protect internet companies from the user-generated content they host. The new proposed legislation - SAFE TECH Act - would do a few different things to change how that works. For example, under the new language, Section 230 would no longer offer protections in situations where payments are involved. (https://techcrunch.com/2021/02/05/safe-tech-act-section-230-warner/)

Ford to Use Google's Android System in Most Cars

Ford Motor Co. plans to use Google's Android operating system to power its vehicle display screens starting in 2023, the latest auto maker to tap Silicon Valley amid the accelerating digitization of the car business. Silicon Valley firms are pushing further into the auto business, eager to capitalize on the growth prospects of the car's evolution as a rolling personal device. Tech companies now provide core operating systems to run in-vehicle multimedia systems, while also providing cloud-based service to store and manage the proliferation of data produced by cars, many of which now are sold with broadband connections. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/ford-to-use-google-s-android-system-in-most-cars-by-2023-11612199574)

Proposed Public Health Emergency Bill Targets COVID-19 Tech Privacy

A group of Democratic Senators and Congressional members recently proposed legislation meant to tackle the privacy and security issues tied to technologies used for the COVID-19 response, including contact tracing apps, digital monitoring tools, and vaccine appointment scheduling apps. The Public Health Emergency Privacy Act is designed to tackle a key issue posed by many of these third-party apps: the majority do not fall under HIPAA. The Office for Civil Rights also recently applied enforcement discretion for web scheduling apps not covered by HIPAA, to expedite adoption and support the vaccine rollout. The concern is that the number of cyberattacks on healthcare web apps has increased by 51% since the start of vaccine distribution. And the majority of COVID-19 sites are plagued with third-party tracking, which poses massive privacy risks. The proposed legislation aims to tackle these privacy and security concerns through strong and enforceable privacy and data security rights for health information. (https://healthitsecurity.com/news/proposed-public-health-emergency-bill-targets-covid-19-tech-privacy)

White House Consulting with Amazon & Other Tech Giants for Help to Get Vaccine Out

President Biden's administration is considering a new approach as it struggles with a messy vaccine rollout - setting aside his harsh criticisms of the tech industry and taking Silicon Valley up on its latest offers to help fight the pandemic. Amazon is pitching its expertise in IT and operations to help in vaccine distribution. Airbnb is suggesting it help create "vaccine depots" using its vast network of real estate across the country. And Google is looking to give free ad space to public health authorities. (https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/16/biden-silicon-valley-vaccine-help-468995)

Study Finds Apple Watch Can Predict COVID-19 Diagnosis Up to a Week Before Testing

A new study from Mount Sinai researchers, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Internet Research, found that wearable hardware, and specifically the Apple Watch, can effectively predict a positive COVID-19 diagnosis up to a week before current PCR-based nasal swab tests. The primary biometric signal that the study's authors were watching was heart rate variability (HRV), which is a key indicator of strain on a person's nervous system. This information was combined with information around reported symptoms associated with COVID-19. The study was not only able to predict infections up to a week before tests provided confirmed diagnoses, but also revealed that participants' HRV patterns normalized fairly quickly after their diagnosis, returning to normal roughly one to two weeks following their positive tests. (https://techcrunch.com/2021/02/09/mount-sinai-study-finds-apple-watch-can-predict-covid-19-diagnosis-up-to-a-week-before-testing/)

Global Study Using Remote Patient Monitoring & mHealth to Treat COVID-19 Patients at Home

Researchers in California and Arizona are launching a global study that aims to use mHealth wearables and apps, AI bots, and a telehealth platform to monitor and treat COVID-19 patients at home, thereby reducing stress on hospitals. The study is the latest in a growing list of projects applying mHealth and telemedicine technology to the pandemic. (https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/global-study-using-rpm-mhealth-to-treat-covid-19-patients-at-home)

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