Hygea Precision Medicine Partners With 1health.io to Provide COVID-19 Saliva Tests That Can Be Administered Remotely

Genetic Testing Solution to Offer Easy and Convenient COVID-19 Testing for Providers Everywhere

Hygea Precision Medicine, a company focused on developing a precision medicine software system for healthcare providers and patients to effectively manage genetic testing, announced today that it has partnered with 1health.io, the leading Testing as a Service (TaaS) company. Hygea Precision Medicine’s partnership with 1health.io will allow it to deliver saliva-based COVID-19 tests to providers across the country.

1health.io empowers partners with the ability to offer convenient, non-invasive, and remote options for diagnostic testing. Partners can offer their patients, customers or employees diagnostic testing that eliminates inconvenient or even risky visits to testing centers while also eliminating long wait times for results. 1health.io’s platform allows partners, like Hygea Precision Medicine, to launch their private, secure, and scalable testing portal quickly, and to have tracking and reporting that is essential for supporting a large distributed team.

Hygea Precision Medicine provides a platform that promotes communication between a patient and their healthcare provider to optimize the patient’s treatment plan. The Hygea solution is a HIPAA compliant web-based software platform that connects providers, patients, and CLIA labs.

“When COVID-19 hit, we realized we could step in to deliver even more than genetic tests to providers,” said Devina Do, COO and Co-Founder of Hygea Precision Medicine. “Our intuitive software is trusted by physicians everywhere to assist in selecting, ordering, and assessing the most relevant genetic tests from laboratories. Now, with the help of 1health.io we are leveraging our seamless processes to deliver convenient at-home COVID-19 testing in order to fight this pandemic.”

1health.io provides testing as a service, enabling partners to easily deploy, manage, and personalize testing at scale. The company pioneered the concept and are the first in the field of DNA testing with a simple self administered COVID-19 saliva test that was authorized by the FDA under EUA earlier this year.

“We aim to make testing easy and accessible for everyone, and have developed the first technology infrastructure that turns testing into a service allowing our partners to launch testing in days all across the country,” said Mehdi Maghsoodnia, CEO of 1health.io. “Hygea Precision Medicine has fantastic infrastructure for providers, and their expertise in the field of genetic testing makes this partnership an evergreen one. For the time being, we are excited to help them provide their customers with an easy and convenient COVID-19 test option to help contain this pandemic.”

The tests can be taken from anywhere – at home, at work, in a hotel, or on-the-go. Saliva is collected in a tube, sealed with reagents, and shipped to a qualified lab in a secure envelope. Test results are delivered digitally to the person within 48 hours of the lab receiving the sample, and can be viewed on the secure patient dashboard on the 1health.io online platform.

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1health.io is the pioneer in enabling testing as a service, making diagnostic testing easy and accessible for everyone. Its platform powers engaging health applications for telehealth companies,

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JetBlue and Northwell Direct Partner to Provide Long-Term Health Solutions to COVID-19

Northwell Direct and JetBlue, New York’s Hometown Airline, (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced that they are partnering to provide the airline with a comprehensive set of COVID-19 services and programs to support its crewmembers (employees) across JetBlue’s operation and add a clinical layer to the airline’s Safety From the Ground Up program.

The customized set of solutions from Northwell Direct – a Northwell Health company that provides a broad range of health care solutions to employers in the tri-state area – will support JetBlue as it considers testing approaches for its teams in New York City, clinical concierge services for crewmembers, and consulting and advisory services for JetBlue’s leadership. The program, which is expected to evolve and expand based on needs, is designed to detect and prevent COVID-19 and to aid in the recovery of the airline industry.

The suite of services and the ongoing evolution of the program will collaboratively be designed by clinical experts at Northwell Health, which has treated over 93,000 patients with COVID-19, and JetBlue’s leadership, and are based on science and the latest medical knowledge around COVID-19 and the specific needs of the company’s crewmembers. Tests conducted as part of any JetBlue programs will be processed by Northwell Health Labs, which has invested more than $30 million in COVID-19 testing equipment and supplies since the start of the pandemic – more than any other hospital-based lab in the country.

In addition, the program allows JetBlue to offer tri-state crewmembers 24/7 access to expert guidance and assistance with questions or concerns about the virus. These clinical concierge services provided by Northwell Health Solutions, Northwell’s care management arm, if appropriate, will also be able to provide fast and seamless navigation to care. These crewmembers will also have access to Northwell Health’s COVID Ambulatory Resource Support (CARES) program, which offers hospital-level care in the safety and comfort of home.

“JetBlue’s leaders reached out to Northwell Direct because they believe, as we do, that the path to recovery is built on a foundation of health and safety,” said Nick Stefanizzi, CEO of Northwell Direct. “We’re proud to partner with them in supporting their crewmembers and in working to restore this vital sector of the economy.”

The arrangement also provides JetBlue leadership with consulting and advisory services from Northwell Health clinical leaders to ensure corporate strategies are evidence-based and to take advantage of the latest advances in the fight against the new coronavirus. The multi-layered set of protective strategies complement JetBlue’s extensive Safety from the Ground Up program, which, along with maintaining healthy crewmembers, focuses on travel flexibility, clean air and surfaces, and more space with fewer touchpoints.

“Keeping our crewmembers healthy is an important pillar of our Safety from the Ground Up program. By partnering with a healthcare leader like Northwell, we are leveraging their experience to provide our crewmembers with confidence that they are healthy,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue. “Our crewmembers are doing an exceptional job in these challenging times, and are

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Sanofi, GSK to provide 200 million Covid vaccine doses to WHO immunization program

A health worker wearing a protective mask works in a lab during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine at Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, U.S.

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European drugmakers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline will provide 200 million doses of their Covid-19 vaccine to the World Health Organization’s global immunization partnership COVAX, which seeks to ensure coronavirus vaccines are distributed equitably across the world, the companies announced Wednesday.

Global health organizations including the GAVI vaccine alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and the WHO are leading the COVAX effort, which is focused on first vaccinating the most high-risk people in every country. The deal is contingent on the vaccine winning regulatory approval, the companies said in a statement.

The initiative aims to deliver 2 billion doses of the vaccine by the end of 2021, though it’s now competing for scarce doses of promising vaccines with some wealthy countries like the United States that didn’t join the COVAX facility and procured hundreds of millions of doses on their own.

“Since we started working on the development of COVID-19 vaccines, GSK has pledged to make them available to people around the world,” Roger Connor, president of GSK Vaccines, said in a statement. He added that “this has the potential to be a significant contribution to the global fight against COVID-19.”

More than 180 countries have so far joined COVAX, the companies said. WHO says at least 78 higher-income countries, including China and the United Kingdom have signed on.

The WHO has previously acknowledged that there won’t be enough vaccine doses for everyone in the world once one candidate is authorized for use. The UN health agency has published allocation principles that countries can use to craft a plan for who would first receive the immunization when the country receives doses.

The WHO says it intends for all countries to receive enough doses to vaccinate 20% of their population, excluding countries that request fewer doses than that, before any country receives more doses.

Thomas Triomphe, executive vice president and global head of Sanofi Pasteur, said their provision of doses demonstrates the company’s “commitment to global health and ensures our COVID-19 vaccines are affordable and accessible to those most at risk, everywhere in the world.”

Sanofi and GSK’s vaccine is further behind in clinical development than some of the front-runners like Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, which are all in late-stage trials. Sanofi and GSK said they anticipate results from their phase two trial in early December and will then launch a large phase three trial. The companies plan to request regulatory approval for the vaccine, if the data supports it, in the first half of 2021.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has previously said he’s less concerned with acquiring doses of the first available vaccine and more concerned with acquiring a large amount of doses of all vaccines.

“The first vaccine to be approved may not be the best,” he said last month. “The more shots on

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Columbus nonprofits to provide fresh food, pharmacy care to South Linden

Emma Scott Moran
 
| The Columbus Dispatch

The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio will open a second location addressing low-income Franklin County residents’ food and pharmaceutical needs with its “Farmacy in the City” program. 

The nonprofit’s new site, co-located with Community Development for All People, will feature a pharmacy and fresh food market under one roof. Here, vulnerable Franklin County residents can receive non-narcotic prescription medicine, pharmacy services and healthy food at no cost. 

“Our patients may not have access to healthy food and other resources that you need to stay in those healthy habits to reduce your disease burden,” Charitable Pharmacy executive director Jennifer Seifert said. “We’re really excited now that when someone says, ‘I don’t know what to eat,’ we can bring some resources around them.”

Since 2010, CPCO has contributed $50 million in pharmacy services and prescription medicine, today serving over 60,000 Franklin county residents living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

More: Charitable Pharmacy sees more patients, more costs due to COVID-19

CPCO’s model is different from that of free clinics. Pharmacists spend time with patients to understand their medical history, explain the impact of their prescribed medicine and create an action plan for the future, development director Melanie Boyd said.

Despite this decade of positive impact, it’s clear that sometimes medicine isn’t the most pressing need when patients walk through the pharmacy’s doors. Basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing often take precedence. 

After receiving a $1.5 million grant from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners in 2019, CPCO began exploring communities where its support could have the most impact and identified South Linden as a place where it could help the neighborhood achieve better health outcomes.

The unfortunate truth is that one’s zip code often determines the quality of their health care.

“You go to the suburbs and look at how many pharmacies you have per capita — it’s a real different story in some other sections of the city,” Boyd said. “We know that coming in (to South Linden) as a charitable pharmacy to work with the existing pharmacies, we’re going to be able to meet more of that need.” 

When the Rev. John Edgar, executive director of Community Development for All People, approached the pharmacy about sharing Eagle Market — a South Linden carryout shut down by the city in 2016 — CPCO jumped on the opportunity. 

“Seventy percent of our patients are either screened positive for malnutrition or express food insecurity,” Boyd said. “That was one of the reasons this was just obvious, it was just such a clear fit.”

South Linden currently has no full-service grocery store, and this food scarcity has a measurable impact. Its residents have a life expectancy of just under 70 years, seven years less than the Franklin County average. 

The “Farmacy in the City” hopes to improve this disparity by fulfilling food and health needs and emphasizing the idea of “food as medicine.”

A $149,444 grant from the Connections for Cardiovascular

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Quest Diagnostics and Catapult Health Provide Virtual Preventive Care Services for Employers During COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

First collaboration of virtual care provider and national laboratory provider features self-collected at-home specimen collection and mental health care support to empower diverse workforces to access health care safely

Clinical encounter also evaluates patients for risk of COVID-19

SECAUCUS, N.J., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, and Catapult Health, the leading national provider of employer-sponsored Preventive Checkups, have formed a collaboration designed to help organizations facilitate virtual (telehealth) access to clinical services for their employees and adult dependents, with emphasis on reducing risks related to preventable chronic diseases.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated logo. (PRNewsFoto/Quest Diagnostics Incorporated)
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated logo. (PRNewsFoto/Quest Diagnostics Incorporated)

The first-of-its-kind collaboration specifically focuses on helping employers create a highly convenient and safe way for employees to access thorough and guideline driven preventive care and mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research shows many individuals are reluctant to seek in-person health care due to fear of contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, raising the prospect that untreated, preventable conditions will progress to more advanced disease.

“Social distancing and fear of contracting COVID-19 make it difficult for many individuals to access preventive care services from their healthcare providers. At the same time, employers recognize that at-home care, technology enabled options, including preventive care and screening, can be highly effective in enabling prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, supporting better workforce health and lower medical costs,” said Jay G. Wohlgemuth, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, and head of the company’s Employer Population Health programs. “Quest Diagnostics and Catapult Health have complementary capabilities that, together, will improve the ability of organizations to support their employees’ health by providing a patient-centric service that meets them where they are during the pandemic and beyond.”

The collaboration pairs insights from Quest’s biometric screenings offered at-home via specimen self-collection, at Quest’s Patient Service Centers, and at the worksite with Catapult Health’s new VirtualCheckup™ solution. The VirtualCheckup includes a video preventive care checkup to allow for confidential analysis and consultation with a nurse practitioner. Each checkup covers personal and family health history, Quest’s lab test and biometric data, prescription drug adherence, depression screening (PHQ-9), and concludes with the creation of a personal action plan to include referral into employer health and benefits programs. The consultation also screens for potential COVID-19 exposure, and individuals identified as at-risk may be directed to COVID-19 diagnostic testing services provided by Quest.

Health plans typically reimburse Catapult’s preventive care checkups as a covered annual preventive checkup, reducing medical costs for employers and the need for employees to visit a doctor for the checkup.

“When people skip doctor visits, the consequences can be grave in terms of poorer long-term outcomes and higher medical costs,” said David Michel, CEO of Catapult Health. “Because they sponsor much of the nation’s healthcare, employers end up absorbing these costs to a great degree. Our unique virtual care model is designed to change that by taking preventive care into employee’s homes, thereby solving for access

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Man Utd to provide 5,000 free school meals in October holidays

(Reuters) – Manchester United said on Monday that they will be provide 5,000 free school meals during the October half-term holidays to help forward Marcus Rashford’s campaign to end child food poverty in the United Kingdom.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Champions League – Group H – Paris St Germain v Manchester United – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – October 20, 2020 Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Rashford has campaigned for the government to provide food vouchers during school holidays to children who normally receive free meals during term time if their parents receive welfare support.

Dozens of local organisations all over the country came forward last week to supply free school meals in response to the 22-year-old’s plea on social media.

Now, working together with the charity FareShare, meals will be prepared and packaged individually at Old Trafford by club staff before being shipped to local Manchester United Foundation partner schools.

Six local schools will receive the meals while others will be delivered to local charities.

“Many of Manchester’s children are going hungry and they are particularly vulnerable during school holidays when they cannot benefit from the meal voucher programme,” Collette Roche, Chief Operating Officer at United said.

“In parallel with the brilliant work being done individually by Marcus Rashford, we’re proud that the club continues to step in alongside FareShare, the Foundation and their partner schools to help fill this void.”

Rashford forced a government U-turn in July when he won his battle to ensure free school meals during the summer holidays. He then proposed extending the campaign for families receiving financial assistance from the government.

Parliament on Wednesday rejected a Labour Party motion to extend free school meals until Easter 2021 from the cut-off before the half-term and winter holidays, prompting the England international to launch his campaign on social media.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he fully accepted that children going hungry during school holidays was a problem during the COVID-19 pandemic but said he had not spoken to Marcus Rashford over his plans to tackle it.

Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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Mobile dentist to provide care for children in Carson City

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will offer oral health care to children and pregnant women at three locations in Carson City next week.
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The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, in partnership with Nevada Health Centers and Ronald McDonald House Charities, will offer oral health care to children up to age 21 and to pregnant women at three locations in Carson City  Oct. 27-29.

The RMCM offers the same services provided in a brick and mortar dental facility and is staffed with a dentist, dental assistants and office assistants.

COVID precautions will be in place. Preventive dental services will be provided in addition to emergency restorative care. Call 800-787-2568 to schedule an appointment.

Services will be provided at the following times:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Drive
  • 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Drive
  • 7:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 at McDonald’s, 3095 S. Carson St.

Nevada Health Centers accepts most dental insurance plans, Medicaid and Nevada Check-up.

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Workout Desks Provide Numerous Health Benefits

I would always rather be out on the trail experiencing my next adventure then trapped inside, behind my desk at the office. Unfortunately, if you're like me, you spend more time at your desk than you do outside doing what you love. Think about how fit you could be if you had a workout desk, if you could burn calories and keep your heart healthy even while working on that spreadsheet.

You no longer need to imagine what it would be like. There are workout desks available for home and office which are ergonomic, inexpensive and provide a number of remarkable health advantages. Within this article you'll find out a few of the incredible advantages that are possible to achieve by using a workout desk and I'll review three of the most popular options available.

Health Advantages

You've known for sometime that walking is good for you. It keeps your heart strong, it's low impact on the joints and it allows you to feel better overall. However, there's more data coming out on a regular basis that suggests walking may help reduce your risk of serious health problems as well.

Recent studies have shown that walking can dramatically reduce the risk of heart attack, diabetes stroke and even cancer. Unfortunately, many American professionals walk less than fifty percent of the steps required during the day to achieve these health benefits.

If you're uncertain how many steps you're taking per day you can pick up an affordable pedometer and compute your daily totals.

The ADA, AHA and NIH say that Walking just 10,000 steps per day can:

  • Reduce the rate of Type II diabetes by 50% – American Diabetes Association
  • Reduce initial heart attack rate by 90% – American Heart Association
  • Reduce stroke rate by 70% – American Heart Association
  • Reduce cancer rate between 30 -70% National Institutes of Health

Moreover, walking provides general health benefits, reduces stress, can provide more energy, better sleep, fight fatigue and much more.

Typically, if you walk for an hour you take anywhere from 4000-6000 steps. Using a workout desk, you could easily top 10,000 steps a day and be able to realize the health benefits outlined above.

Ergonomic

If you haven't looked at treadmill desks in awhile you might imagine a sizable piece of furniture. In reality, today's models are modest, lightweight and can be customized to fit your existing treadmill. Most models come with cup holders, a place for your phone, files, and computer keyboard or laptop. With everything you need close by, you can be a productive employee even while maintaining a slow and steady pace on your treadmill.

These units are fully adjustable so that your work surface can be set at the appropriate height for you. When you're done you may even choose to fold up your desk and treadmill to further maximize your office space.

Economical

There's a wide array of desks to consider and something that fits every budget, starting with the SurfShelf Treadmill Desk which is a …

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