Stanford physicians, medtech entrepreneurs form COVID-19 digital health task force

The StartX startup community, comprising more than 1,500 physicians, faculty and startup founders from Stanford (Calif.) University and its medical school, has formed a task force to develop and deploy digital health tools to prevent and treat COVID-19.

The StartX Med COVID-19 Task Force includes more than 70 scientists, physicians and professor entrepreneurs from the community who are working together to accelerate government and regulatory agency approval of digital solutions to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. They will also collaborate with hospitals and health systems to integrate the tools into workflows.

The task force's portfolio includes rapid testing solutions; remote monitoring applications; automated quarantine management and remote virtual triage tools; handheld devices to measure temperature, lung sounds, airway pressure and more; and free access to research platforms for biopharmaceutical companies developing vaccines, among many others.

Participating healthcare technology startups include Qventus, Eko, Bright.md, Wellsheet and several more.

"As the number of positive cases continue to soar in the outbreak of COVID-19, there is an imminent need for reducing barriers companies are experiencing with therapeutic medical breakthroughs needing to be deployed," Joseph Huang, CEO of StartX, said in a statement.

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