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March 21st will be remembered as the day that the NHS struck a major deal with private hospitals throughout the country in order to help combat the seismic capacity overload created by the Covid-19 pandemic. A truly powerful opportunity for positive collaboration but also a task of goliath proportions.
Prior to the outbreak of Covid-19, the NHS had already been in the midst of updating and upgrading the technology that they use. Their ‘internet first’ policy is a huge undertaking in the adoption of new technology and the modernisation of outdated systems, but now with their partnerships with the private sector, it might not just be the NHS in need of transformation but also the UK’s private healthcare sector.
With a pandemic like the current COVID-19 currently affecting people worldwide, the question arises of how technology might be able to help contain the virus, help people recover, and help the economy rebound after the lockdowns. Finding the technology is easy. How we use the tools at our disposal responsibly and ethically is thorny and complex.
Scientists say they have developed a Bluetooth tracing system which is ready to be deployed into an app in the fight against coronavirus.
A team at UCL (University College London) have been working on the technology with data privacy experts to ease concerns of misuse.
Contact tracing has been widely discussed as a potential solution to help end the Covid-19 lockdown, following in the footsteps of Singapore, where a similar offering has been adopted.
The idea is to use Bluetooth technology to keep a log of those who have been in close proximity to you, and send out an alert if any anonymously declare themselves as tested positive, with advice on further steps to take.
Scientists looking into treatments for coronavirus are hoping to use the collective power of a network of smartphones to help boost research.
The DreamLab app, developed by the Vodafone Foundation, uses the collective power of a network of phones to analyse huge amounts of information in a much shorter space of time.
The technology will be used by researchers from Imperial College London hoping to identify how existing drugs and food-based molecules could help patients with or recovering from Covid-19.
A pan-EU coronavirus health tracking app is needed to protect the privacy of the region’s citizens, Europe’s data protection tsar has said.
Several European governments have launched Covid-19 tracking applications to help inform social distancing policies and the eventual lifting of lockdown measures.