International health IT week in review: April 5

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending April 5: Barts builds digital hospital in one week, $200m for US telehealth, wearables time has come in EU, privacy relaxed for COVID-19, vulnerabilities in Zoom VC, digital passport for credentials, NHS fast-tracks digital tool for GPs, virtual meds reconciliation

Barts extends Cerner EPR to NHS Nightingale hospital
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 31/03/2020

Remarkably, the huge IT project has been achieved in less than a week, with the Barts Health team led by CIO Sarah Jensen.

FCC proposes $200M telehealth program to tackle Covid-19
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 31/03/2020

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai rolled out plans for a $200 million fund to help healthcare providers purchase telehealth tools to handle Covid-19.

FDA OKs Cellex’s antibody-based test for Covid-19
MedCity News ~ Alaric Dearment ~ 02/04/2020

However, antibody testing has both advantages and disadvantages relative to the more common PCR assays.

Sensors to go are coming of age
Healthcare IT News ~ Philipp Grätzel von Grätz ~ 02/04/2020

Up until now, there is no healthcare system at all that offers straight-forward reimbursement for, say, a digital application that continuously monitors blood pressure or seizures.

Zoom rushes patches for zero-day vulnerabilities
Information Security Media Group ~ Apurva Venkat ~ 02/04/2020

The day after security researcher Patrick Wardle disclosed two zero-day vulnerabilities in the macOS client version of Zoom's teleconferencing platform, the company on Thursday rushed out patches for these flaws and one other.

COVID-19 crisis triggers more HIPAA policy changes
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 02/04/2020

In the latest move to relax certain HIPAA requirements during the COVID-19 crisis, federal regulators Thursday paved the way for business associates to share protected health information for public health-related activities during the pandemic.

Zoom contacts feature leaks email addresses, photos
Information Security Media Group ~ Jeremy Kirk ~ 01/04/2020

Popular teleconferencing software Zoom is continuing to fall under scrutiny as questions are raised over its privacy and security practices.

Covid-19: NHS datasets ‘not sophisticated enough’ to flag high risk patients
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 31/03/2020

Primary care clinicians are being asked to flag vulnerable patients at greater risk of hospitalisation from coronavirus as central NHS datasets are “not sophisticated enough” to identify all groups.

Covid-19: NHS to trial digital passports to free up staff movement
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 31/03/2020

The temporary passports, which will be stored on staff members’ smartphones, will contain a “minimum set of verified credentials” that will allow them to be deployed to different NHS sites “quickly and without unnecessary bureaucracy”.

Fraudsters take advantage of Zoom's popularity
Information Security Media Group ~ Apurva Venkat ~ 31/03/2020

Fraudsters are taking advantage of the increasing use of Zoom for video conferencing to support those working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online triage tools to be ‘rapidly procured’ to manage Covid-19 pressures
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 30/03/2020

The procurement of digital tools to support online primary care services during the coronavirus outbreak are to be fast-tracked for providers who don’t have the resources.

Virtual medication reconciliation on discharge coming to hospitals
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 30/03/2020

To support small and rural hospitals with patients transitioning from hospital to home, Northwest Telepharmacy Solutions (NTS) is launching their Virtual Medication Reconciliation on Discharge (VMRD) program to several hospital clients across Ontario.

Healthcare system must prepare quickly for virtual visits
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 30/03/2020

The sluggish growth of virtual care in Canada hasn’t been caused by a lack of technology – there are plenty of solutions available, all of them capable of connecting clinicians with patients via smartphones and computers.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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