International health IT week in review: April 26

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending April 26: 50% of US docs using telehealth, COVID-19 tracing apps, Epic supports interop rules, family pratices under threat, free devices for vulnerable Canadians, NHS app and pharmacies, DoD open to community health providers, Google Cloud Healthcare API, Fitbit to track COVID, patient portals

Half of physicians now using telehealth as COVID-19 changes practice operations
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 23/04/2020

That's up from 18% of physicians using telemedicine two years ago, based on The Physicians Foundation’s "2018 Survey of America's Physicians."

‘Absence of evidence’ for Covid-19 contact-tracing apps, review finds
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 22/04/2020

NHSX is set to trial a Covid-19 contact-tracing app in the North of England, but has remained tight-lipped about how the app will work and when they expect the pilot to be rolled-out across the country.

Once a holdout, Epic supports new interoperability rules
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 23/04/2020

After publicly campaigning against the ONC’s planned interoperability rules, Epic Systems said the agency has addressed privacy concerns in the final version of the legislation.

1 in 5 primary care practices predicts closure in a month, but telehealth could help
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 22/04/2020

With COVID-19 dropping non-urgent care to next to zero, the loss in revenue is putting a dire strain on resources and operations.

HHS delays enforcement of new info sharing rules
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 22/04/2020

Federal regulators are delaying implementation and enforcement of certain provisions of the interoperability and secure information sharing final rules that were issued in March, citing the COVID-19 public health emergency that is overwhelming many healthcare organizations.

TELUS provides free mobile devices to the vulnerable
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 22/04/2020

To keep Canada’s most vulnerable citizens connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, TELUS is giving over 10,000 free mobile devices and $0 rate plans, valued at more than $5 million, to hundreds of organizations across the country.

Patients now able to nominate pharmacy using the NHS App
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 21/04/2020

The functionality was something that could already be done by people in their GP practices, pharmacies or via some GP and pharmacy online services, but this move means patients can nominate a pharmacy no matter which IT system their GP surgery uses and without having to leave home.

LabCorp first to get FDA green light for Covid-19 at-home testing kit
MedCity News ~ Alaric Dearment ~ 21/04/2020

The agency reissued the emergency use authorization that it gave to LabCorp last month for its RT-PCR test to allow for collection of samples at home by patients, with a doctor's order.

VA, DoD expand record-sharing with community health providers
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 21/04/2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense rolled out a joint health information exchange that would make it easier to share records with community providers.

Google Cloud Healthcare API focused on interoperability, during pandemic and beyond
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 21/04/2020

Google on Monday announced the launch of Google Cloud Healthcare API, which is designed to enable standardized data exchange between healthcare applications and solutions built on Google Cloud.

Boots extends partnership with LIVI as it looks to expand digital offering
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 17/04/2020

There will also be a trial of a new online GP and pharmacy video consultation service, which has been brought forward to assist patients isolating due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Swedish telehealth provider LIVI launches first national COVID-19 medical guidelines for remote consultations
MobiHealthNews ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 17/04/2020

The guidance, produced by LIVI’s clinical team of NHS doctors, aims is to help UK doctors identify early signs of COVID-19 and better understand how it develops.

The Patient Portal: A missing link to efficiency and staying connected to patients during uncertain times
MedCity News ~ Karna Morrow ~ 17/04/2020

The patient portal is an excellent tool for practices and patients to conveniently and safely stay connected if a practice is not well-suited or doesn’t feel ready for telemedicine.

Emirates becomes world’s first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 testing
Healthcare IT News ~ Rachel McArthur ~ 17/04/2020

Carried out on patients ahead of boarding, test results appear within 10 minutes, confirmed the airline. The UAE currently ranks third in the world in terms of screening per capita.

Scripps, Stanford working with Fibit to assess wearables' COVID-19 tracking abilities
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 17/04/2020

"We see an enormous opportunity to enhance disease tracking for improved population health during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Scripps Research Translational Institute's Dr. Eric Topol.

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