International health IT week in review: February 14

Estonia trials vaccine passport, Cerner’s plans for data business, Google search for Covid outbreaks, Canada launches telewound partnership, UK review of health data, API vulnerabilities in health apps, NHS Covid app success, Japan Covid app failure, hackers post patient data, iPhone magnets affect pacemakers, SMS for Covid comms

Trust is key as Estonia tests global vaccine passports
AFP ~ Staff writer ~ 10/02/2021

Could a QR code open up the world? That is the question in Estonia as it takes a lead in global efforts to develop digital vaccine passports.


Cerner eyes opportunities in clinical research, population health as it builds data business
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 10/02/2021

With slowing growth in the medical records software market, Cerner is eyeing opportunities in its data business, including in the clinical research space.


Web search data and help from Israel mean England can catch COVID spikes early
The Times of Israel ~ Nathan Jeffay ~ 10/02/2021

A complex algorithm, maintained in part by Bar Ilan University epidemiologist, uses popular Google searches to predict which English towns are headed for outbreaks — 17 days ahead.


Telewound Canada rolls out in Ontario and Quebec
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 10/02/2021

A consortium of leading Canadian organizations has come together to launch Telewound Care Canada, a virtual care initiative designed to help patients connect with their care teams while reducing unnecessary travel and in-person care.


Dr Ben Goldacre to lead government review into health data
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 09/02/2021

A review, led by Dr Ben Goldacre and launched by the government, will look into how health data for research and analysis can be used efficiently and safely.


Patient info at risk due to rampant API vulnerabilities among major mobile health apps
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 09/02/2021

Thirty mobile health apps from larger healthcare information technology companies were susceptible to a broken object level authorization (BOLA) attack.


NHS reports COVID-19 app success, backed by strong privacy
Information Security Media Group ~ Mathew J Schwartz ~ 09/02/2021

Researchers report that a digital contact-tracing app rolled out in England and Wales is helping to blunt the spread of the pandemic


Nuance acquires Saykara to build out healthcare AI tools
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 09/02/2021

Nuance Communications has acquired Saykara, a startup that developed a voice-enabled mobile artificial intelligence assistant to automate physician charting.


Fitbit adds blood glucose tracking to its connected app
MobiHealthNews ~ Mallory Hackett ~ 08/02/2021

Users can import their blood sugar data automatically by connecting with their LifeScan OneTouch Reveal app or by manually logging their levels.


Hackers post detailed patient medical records from two hospitals to the dark web
NBC News ~ Kevin Collier ~ 06/02/2021

Hackers have published extensive patient information from two U.S. hospital chains in an apparent attempt to extort them for money.


Data breaches at UPMC, Nebraska Medicine affect 250,000+ individuals
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 08/02/2021

Providers are the most common targets for cyber criminals attacking the healthcare industry, and now, two major health systems have added their names to the list of recent data breach victims.


Digital healthcare firm supports NHS vaccine roll-out
MobiHealthNews ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 04/02/2021

Vaccination messages include vaccination eligibility, warning people not to phone to ask for a vaccination, the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines etc.


iPhone 12 magnets could deactivate implantable cardiac devices
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 05/02/2021

Henry Ford cardiologists warned that the magnetic array in the new iPhones can potentially interfere with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators.


Japan's flawed COVID-19 tracing app is digital black eye for Tokyo
Nikkei Asia ~ Kiyoshi Ando ~ 05/02/2021

When Japan rolled out its contact-tracing app last summer to fight the coronavirus, nobody expected that a major flaw affecting about one-third of users would go overlooked for more than four months.


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