International health IT week in review: April 19

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending April 19: Covid-19 effect on UK primary care, Canada pays EMR vendors to upscale, vendor-agnostic ICU solution for Covid-19, teledentistry, malware trifecta, Tricorder app, virus boost for telehealth uptake, aged care links to ED by VC, Attend Anywhere rapid deployment, consumers keen on virtual care, everyone is building contact tracing apps

The month primary care went remote due to Covid-19
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 15/04/2020

The Covid-19 crisis has, in a few short weeks, led to the most dramatic transformation of primary care services ever seen, with most consultations moved to remote and virtual to comply with social distancing.

Virtual acceleration program for EMR vendors
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 15/04/2020

The Infoway EMR-Virtual Care Investment initiative will provide participating EMR vendors with financial support to rapidly integrate or scale existing virtual care technologies to meet the growing demand during the pandemic when Canadians are encouraged to observe physical distancing.

GE and Microsoft team up to provide virtual ICU care solution for Covid-19 patients
MedCity News ~ Arundhati Parmar ~ 15/04/2020

The vendor-agnostic software is able to pull near real-time data from ventilators, patient monitoring systems, electronic medical records, labs and other systems such as pharmacy systems and can be customized for what a hospital needs. That data is displayed into a single pane of glass for each patient.

Cigna rolls out teledentistry tool as practices struggle during pandemic
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 16/04/2020

According to Cigna, the video consults can be used to diagnose causes of pain and swelling, and answer questions about a chipped tooth or a loose crown.

Emotet, Ryuk, TrickBot: 'Loader-Ransomware-Banker Trifecta'
Information Security Media Group ~ Mathew J Schwartz ~ 15/04/2020

Emotet, TrickBot and Ryuk sometimes get seen as standalone in attacks, experts say, but they also often appear together.

Jewish General to use “Tricorder” to monitor COVID-19
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 15/04/2020

The Jewish General Hospital is about to start using an Israeli-devised smartphone app that allows one to measure vital signs without touching the body.

Digital health companies optimistic on COVID-19's long-term business impact
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 15/04/2020

Unsurprisingly, telehealth was singled out as the major benefactor of the crisis, with 65% of respondents saying that these services will see the greatest impact.

LTC now able to videoconference with ED docs
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 15/04/2020

Primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and community paramedics caring for LTC residents can now call a central number to request a virtual visit or telephone call with an ED physician.

Imperial College rapidly deploys Attend Anywhere to cope with Covid-19
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 14/04/2020

The blueprint, published on the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) Future NHS platform, contains information on planning and preparation; implementing; sustaining; and outcomes of the rollout.

Consumers report greater satisfaction with digital health services than those from banking, telecoms
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 13/04/2020

Consumers are keenly interested in digital and remote health services during the COVID-19 emergency, with roughly four in five respondents in a recent 1,000-person survey saying they would take part in a remote health consultation, and would also prefer a virtual visit prior to an in-person appointment.

UK government hopes COVID-19 tracking app could relax lockdown restrictions
MobiHealthNews ~ Sophie Porter ~ 13/04/2020

The app will utilise Bluetooth technology to inform users if they have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of the virus.

Billions going to hospitals based on Medicare billings, not Covid-19
Kaiser Health news ~ Jay Hancock, Phil Galewitz and Elizabeth Lucas ~ 13/04/2020

HHS confirmed it would give hospitals and doctors money according to their historical share of revenue from the Medicare program for seniors, not according to their coronavirus burden.

Walgreens expands telehealth as COVID-19 demands social distancing
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan Morse ~ 09/04/2020

Walgreens Find Care now includes a COVID-19 risk assessment powered by Microsoft Healthcare Bot on Microsoft Azure.

Apple, Google have teamed up to build system-level COVID-19 contact tracing, interoperable APIs
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 10/04/2020

Apple and Google announced plans to launch APIs that will enable interoperability between iOS and Android products by way of official apps from public health authorities.

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