NIH awards 7 contracts worth up to $22.8M for COVID-19 digital health projects

The National Institutes of Health has contracted with 7 companies and academic organizations to develop digital health solutions to aid with the COVID-19 response.
The NIH selected 7 recipients from nearly 200 project concepts covering public health needs, especially in underserved areas and populations. The seven contracts might be worth $22.8 million if all contracts are taken to the second phase, which need to be completed in one year.
Here are the contracts:
1. Evidation Health for a health measurement platform to evaluate patient-consented data consisting of self-reported information and information from wearable devices to recognize COVID-19 and differentiate it from influenza.
2. IBM for an incorporated option supporting contact tracing and verifiable health status reporting.
3. iCrypto for a smartphone-based platform that has undeniable proof of screening, serologic and vaccination status for individuals.
4. PhysIQ for a synthetic intelligence-based information analytics and cloud computing platform and FDA-cleared wearable devices that will create a tailored baseline index and then identify health status modifications for COVID-19-positive clients.
5. Shee Atika Enterprises for a smartphone-based platform that keeps track of individuals with COVID-19 symptoms and supports those who check favorable, specifically in low-resource settings and underserved populations.
6. University of California San Francisco for a GPS-based retroactive contact tracing tool that alerts users about can be found in contact with SARS-CoV-2-infected individuals and dealing with services and public health departments to reduce virus spread.
7. Vibrent Health for mobile applications, data combinations and confirmed maker finding out algorithms to identify COVID-19 and separate it from influenza along with contact tracing.

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