CNN: Ultrasound machines that connect to smartphones are helping doctors safely scan coronavirus patients

CNN: Ultrasound machines that connect to smartphones are helping doctors safely scan coronavirus patients. “When Butterfly Network first began rolling out its handheld ultrasound scanners in 2018, much of the focus was on providing tools to parts of Africa and Latin America, where access to large and more traditional ultrasound machines was far more restricted. But two years later, a technology that was positioned to help the developing world may find a new use in the United States as hospitals adapt to the new challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago researchers develop new tool to battle coronavirus

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago researchers develop new tool to battle coronavirus. “A group of Chicago researchers hope an electronic monitor that affixes to the throat like a band-aid will aid in the detection of coronavirus cases among health-care workers who might not recognize subtle symptoms. The device will also be used to track the recovery of patients from their homes and hospital beds.”

CNET: New ventilator gets us ready for a second or third wave of coronavirus

CNET: New ventilator gets us ready for a second or third wave of coronavirus. “The hospital ventilator sits at an intersection: It’s complicated, expensive and scarce. The Spiro Wave ventilator from an ad hoc team of makers, inventors and health care experts seeks to address these logistical problems by moving ventilators to a different place. Developed by New York based consortium Emergency Ventilator Response, the Spiro Wave is what it looks like: a robot that operates a balloon-style manual resuscitator by mounting it in a frame with software, sensors and actuators.”

Duke Today: Duke Creates Open-source Protective Respirator

Duke Today: Duke Creates Open-source Protective Respirator. “A protective respirator created by a Duke University medical and engineering task force is now being used by Duke Health doctors as they treat patients with suspected cases of COVID-19. In an effort to combat the worldwide shortage of protective medical equipment, Duke is making the design widely available as an open-source design.”

NoCamels: New ‘CoronaTech’ Portal Explores Virus-Related Innovation In Israel

NoCamels: New ‘CoronaTech’ Portal Explores Virus-Related Innovation In Israel. “….the site offers information about technological developments from Israel and abroad, open calls by healthcare providers, organizations, and corporations, proposals, and opportunities for cross-border collaborations, access to international grants, insights and analyses by Israeli experts and entrepreneurs, and an up-to-date dashboard to find potential technologies and solutions. It also includes information on online webinars, conferences, and hackathon.”

NoCamels: Israeli Hack Could Help Teams On COVID-19 Frontlines Produce Quick, Affordable Ventilators

NoCamels: Israeli Hack Could Help Teams On COVID-19 Frontlines Produce Quick, Affordable Ventilators. “Amid a global shortage of ventilators – a potentially life-saving device for coronavirus patients in severe or critical conditions – an Israeli group made up of Air Force electronics experts, robotics specialists, and medical professionals has come up with an innovative hack that could help hospitals around the world produce them quickly and at low cost.”

Coronavirus: Czech Hospitals Soon To Get Free Ventilators Thanks To Crowdsourced It Project ‘Covid19cz’ (Radio Prague International)

Radio Prague International: Coronavirus: Czech Hospitals Soon To Get Free Ventilators Thanks To Crowdsourced It Project ‘Covid19cz’. “The Czech civic initiative Covid19CZ was formed just a few weeks ago to try to harness technological, medical and engineering know-how to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus and treat patients in critical condition. The volunteer project now looks set to deliver open-sourced ventilators to Prague hospitals in a matter of days.”

A Ventilator Stockpile, With One Hitch: Thousands Do Not Work (New York Times)

New York Times: A Ventilator Stockpile, With One Hitch: Thousands Do Not Work. “President Trump has repeatedly assured Americans that the federal government is holding 10,000 ventilators in reserve to ship to the hardest-hit hospitals around the nation as they struggle to keep the most critically ill patients alive. But what federal officials have neglected to mention is that an additional 2,109 lifesaving devices are unavailable after the contract to maintain the government’s stockpile lapsed late last summer, and a contracting dispute meant that a new firm did not begin its work until late January.”

EurekAlert: Rice University emergency ventilator plans now online

EurekAlert: Rice University emergency ventilator plans now online. “The plans for Rice University’s ApolloBVM, an open-source emergency ventilator design that could help patients in treatment for COVID-19, are now online and freely available to everyone in the world. The project first developed by students as a senior design project in 2019 has been brought up to medical grade by Rice engineers and one student, with the help of Texas Medical Center doctors. The device costs less than $300 in parts and can squeeze a common bag valve mask for hours on end.”

BusinessWire: CTA, ATA Launch Directory of Telehealth Technologies Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: CTA, ATA Launch Directory of Telehealth Technologies Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® and American Telemedicine Association (ATA) launched a new website of telehealth technology solutions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The website, TechHealthDirectory.com, is developed and hosted in conjunction with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and features a growing list of digital health resources – from remote monitoring to telemedicine – to assist the health care industry during the coronavirus outbreak.”

ZDNet: Debian Linux readies an anti-coronavirus hack-a-thon

ZDNet: Debian Linux readies an anti-coronavirus hack-a-thon. “Open-source programmers and engineers have been working on a wide variety of projects to beat coronavirus. These range from hospital management programs to speeding up drug development to building inexpensive ventilators. Now, Debian Linux, one of the oldest and largest Linux distribution communities, is throwing its programming resources behind a hack-a-thon trying to beat COVID-19. “

3DPrint: The Possibilities of 3D Printing for COVID-19, Part One

3DPrint: The Possibilities of 3D Printing for COVID-19, Part One. “At the moment, there are news stories about various ways that 3D printing is being used to address the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Many of these stories are being sent to us directly, hoping to spread the word. For this reason, we will be publishing a series of articles discussing some of the ways that additive manufacturing (AM) has so far served medical efforts. However, it’s important during a time of overwhelming media hype and disinformation that we look at these stories with a critical eye.” Up to nine parts at this writing. Extensive.

NoCamels: New Start-Up Nation Central Directory Lists Israeli Firms With Solutions For COVID-19

NoCamels: New Start-Up Nation Central Directory Lists Israeli Firms With Solutions For COVID-19. “Startup Nation Central (SNC), the Israeli non-profit organization that tracks the local innovation ecosystem, has launched a comprehensive, updated directory with over 70 Israeli high-tech companies that offer medical technology solutions in the fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.”

NoCamels: Virtual Conference To Showcase Best Of Israeli Biotech, Medtech Solutions For COVID-19

NoCamels: Virtual Conference To Showcase Best Of Israeli Biotech, Medtech Solutions For COVID-19. “COVID-19 Innovation Conference, a new virtual business conference set for early April, will match investors with global medtech and biotech companies – including Israeli firms – fighting the novel coronavirus.”

CNN: James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days. He’s making 15,000 for the pandemic fight

CNN: James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days. He’s making 15,000 for the pandemic fight. “Dyson has received an order from the UK government for 10,000 ventilators to support efforts by the country’s National Health Service to treat coronavirus patients. James Dyson, the company’s billionaire founder, confirmed the order in a letter to employees shared with CNN on Wednesday.”