International health IT week in review: April 12

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending April 12: Formulary of COVID apps, pandemics and privacy, Bahrain tracks with electronic bracelets, dashboard to track pandemic equipment needs, telehealth in the long term, NHS Teams, more Zoom vulnerabilities, COVID-19 data platform, US consumer views on telehealth

ORCHA launches library of clinically approved Covid-19 health apps
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 08/04/2020

App evaluation company ORCHA has launched a Covid-19 formulary to signpost healthcare professionals and consumers to clinically validated apps.

COVID-19 pandemic opens up new frontiers for health data privacy
Healthcare IT News ~ Piers Ford ~ 08/04/2020

While European governments look to digital health technology for ways to speed up their containment strategies, the long-term view is that the COVID-19 emergency will generate new approaches to sharing healthcare data once the pandemic has passed.

Bahrain launches electronic bracelets to keep track of active COVID-19 cases
MobiHealthNews ~ Rachel McArthur ~ 08/04/2020

Spearheaded by the Information & eGovernment Authority, the new wristbands are part of the government’s effort in quickly tracing new cases of COVID-19, as well as keeping track of active cases.

HCA creates Covid-19 dashboard for hospitals using Google’s tech
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 08/04/2020

HCA Healthcare is working to launch a national portal that could be used by hospitals to share information about the pandemic and track needs for equipment and ICU beds.

Government criticised for not collecting sex disaggregated Covid-19 data
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 07/04/2020

Scientists are unsure what’s causing men to be at greater risk during this pandemic, which is why collecting sex disaggregated data is vital.

Seeing record numbers of patients, will telehealth companies keep them after the pandemic ends?
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 07/04/2020

Telehealth companies are scaling up their services to meet growing demand from patients during the Covid-19 pandemic. But will more patients continue to use their services in the long term?

Demand for NHS tech soars during coronavirus outbreak
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 06/04/2020

Since being made available across the entire NHS to support remote working during the Covid-19 outbreak use of Teams has surged by more than 800%.

VA hits pause on Cerner EHR rollout amid coronavirus crisis
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 06/04/2020

While work at Mann-Grandstaff is 99% complete, right now the department's priority is the "care of veterans and providing surge capabilities for civilian health care systems."

Zoom promises geo-fencing, encryption overhaul for meetings
Information Security Media Group ~ Mathew J Schwartz ~ 06/04/2020

The researchers also reported finding a serious issue in the Zoom platform's waiting room feature, which they've reported to Zoom and won't disclose until the flaw gets fixed.

NHS partners with tech giants to develop Covid-19 data platform
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 03/04/2020

The platform, hosted on NHS Futures, brings together multiple NHS and social care data sets into a single location. It will include data such as 111 online and call centre data from NHS Digital, as well as Covid-19 test result data from Public Health England.

Survey: Americans’ perceptions of telehealth in the COVID-19 era
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 03/04/2020

Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they’d consider using telehealth to be remotely screened for COVID-19, and two-thirds said the pandemic has increased their willingness to try virtual care.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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