Digital health news briefs for 3/7/2017

By Jonah Comstock

Uber has made digital health news several times for partnering with healthcare organizations to provide transportation for patients. In fact, they announced a partnership with an NHS trust along those lines just yesterday. But in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt, the company has a different kind of digital health partnership. The company has partnered with mobile medical app AlTibbi to make telehealth services available as a perk for drivers. The service will launch first as a limited pilot, but the company plans to launch it widely in those three markets.

“We are thrilled to partner with AlTibbi on this initiative,” Nader Museitif, Uber’s Middle East Head of Business Development, said in a statement. “This further highlights our focus on partner-drivers’ health and well-being, and also emphasizes our goal to working with regional organizations and startups.”

SnakeBite911, an app for snake bite victims from BTG, has launched an Android version. We wrote about the app last year at Health 2.0. The app contains tools for identifying dangerous snakes, mapping snake sightings, and tracking the spread of venom. It also has a hospital finder and first aid tips.

Azumio, which has made a number of health and wellness tracking apps, launched , an app that enables calorie tracking by taking a picture of food with the phone’s camera. The app uses deep learning and neural networks, Azumio CEO Bojan Bostjancic told, and can identify thousands of foods. The company also released an open API called SNAP (Smart Nutrition Analysis Platform) that other developers can use to iterate on the technology. We wrote about a similar update from competitor Lose It! last year.

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