International health IT week in review: March 29

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending March 29: Sharing PHI in a pandemic, COVID-19 health IT coalition, NHS video consult panel, EMR strengths/weaknesses, AI success exaggerated, real-time location apps and coronavirus, Fitbit to track virus, COVID-19 hackers and spoofers

HHS: Information on COVID-19 patients can be shared to protect first responders from infection
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 25/03/2020

Healthcare providers can share COVID-19 patients' medical information without their express authorization to help protect first responders from the risk of infection, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said.


Health IT heavy-hitters join forces for COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 24/03/2020

The private-sector collaborative includes EHR vendors (Epic, athenahealth), Big Tech (AWS, Microsoft), health systems (Mayo, Intermountain) and others, all working to speed development of "secure, ethical, innovative, open source" tools.


11 suppliers chosen to provide video consults during Covid-19
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 26/03/2020

Suppliers were asked to bid on five lots, including text messaging, video consultations and automated triage.


Coronavirus pandemic puts focus on strengths, weaknesses of EHRs
Healthcare IT News ~ Nathan Eddy ~ 26/03/2020

A central problem the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted is the fact that EHR systems are large, slow monoliths that don’t quickly adapt to new, emergent demands on their design and workflow.


Concerns over 'exaggerated' study claims of AI outperforming doctors
eHealth News.eu ~ Staff writer ~ 26/03/2020

Many studies claiming that artificial intelligence is as good as (or better than) human experts at interpreting medical images are of poor quality and are arguably exaggerated, posing a risk for the safety of 'millions of patients' warn researchers in The BMJ.


King’s College London launches Covid-19 symptom reporting app
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 25/03/2020

King’s College London has launched an app enabling people to report symptoms of Covid-19 so that the progression of the disease can be tracked in real time.


Scripps researchers tap wearable data to track Covid-19 and flu
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 25/03/2020

After testing Fitbits for their effectiveness in tracking flu outbreaks, researchers with the Scripps Research Translational Institute are seeing if they can be used to track Covid-19.


Apple's Siri now walks worried users through their COVID-19 symptoms
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 24/03/2020

A weekend update to the virtual assistant includes a new COVID-19 conversation tree, which relies on information and guidance from the CDC and links users to consumer telehealth services if appropriate.


European powers evaluate potential use of intrusive tool to track coronavirus carriers
AP ~ Frank Bajak and Nicole Winfield ~ 24/03/2020

The tools in question are apps that would use real-time phone-location data to track the movements of virus carriers and the people they come in contact with.


Covid-19: Video consults require ‘major changes to a complex system’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 23/03/2020

Switching to video consultations to prevent the spread of coronavirus isn’t as straightforward as installing a new service but “introducing and sustaining major changes to a complex system,” researchers have said.


COVID-19 phishing schemes escalate; FBI issues warning
Information Security Media Group ~ Apurva Venkat ~ 23/03/2020

Researchers also are finding that cybercriminals are continuing to spoof organizations that are providing COVID-19 updates to the public.


FDA expands use of vital sign monitors to enable remote care, modifications during COVID-19 emergency
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 20/03/2020

The FDA announced today a new policy that permits expanded use of connected, non-invasive remote vital sign monitors until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.


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