International health IT week in review: May 10

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending May 10: Telehealth take-up, Canada invests in virtual health, NHS tracing app, Fitbit for aFib, patient matching problems, Apple heart study, FHIR boosts search in EMRs, spooks given access to NHS IT, contact tracing app analysis

Survey: More than 90% of physicians are treating patients remotely
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 01/05/2020

Nearly half of physicians said they used telemedicine for the first time for a physical consultation.


Canada invests in virtual care, mental health tools
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 06/05/2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of $240.5 million to develop, expand, and launch virtual care and mental health tools to support Canadians.


Data from NHS contact-tracing app ‘to be kept for research purposes’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 07/05/2020

A portion of data collected by the NHS contact-tracing app will be kept for research purposes when the Covid-19 pandemic is over, NHSX has confirmed.


Fitbit launches study to test ability to detect atrial fibrillation
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 06/06/2020

Fitbit launched a large-scale study to validate the use of its technology to detect atrial fibrillation. The company plans to enroll hundreds of thousands of people into the virtual study.


Congress must tackle patient matching amid COVID-19
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 06/06/2020

Persistent flaws in the ability to accurately ID and match patient records are hindering two must-haves on the road to re-opening: contact tracing and, eventually, vaccine administration.


Digital contact-tracing apps must win hearts and minds
Information Security Media Group ~ Mathew J Schwartz ~ 06/05/2020

Despite the need to battle COVID-19, too many digital contact-tracing apps in development are already dogged by security and privacy concerns.


Alberta launches app to trace coronavirus
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 06/05/2020

Alberta is offering an app to the public that uses Bluetooth technology to help with tracing persons who may have contracted COVID-19.


Apple Heart Study researchers find success in recruitment, struggle with engagement
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 05/05/2020

The study enrolled 420,000 but many participants with suspected atrial fibrillation failed to follow up with a study doctor.


FHIR-based system for EHRs cut search time from 3 minutes to 5 seconds
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 05/05/2020

The key question for Regenstrief was: Can it come up with a mechanism to reduce clinician effort to retrieve relevant information by an order of magnitude or more?


France's COVID-19 tracing app expected to enter testing in week of May 11
Reuters ~ Mathieu Rosemain ~ 04/05/2020

France’s state-supported “StopCOVID” contact-tracing app should enter its testing phase in the week of May 11 when the country starts to unwind its lockdown, a government minister said on Sunday.


Aarogya Setu app must for private sector workers
ETtech India ~ Staff writer ~ 02/05/2020

The Centre on Friday made it compulsory for even private sector employees to download the Covid-19 contact-tracing app Aarogya Setu and placed the responsibility on the "head of the respective organisations" to ensure all employees have it.


Companies buy into text-based primary care during pandemic
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 04/05/2020

98point6, a startup offering text-based primary care services, said it added Boeing, Chipotle, Circle K and other large companies as customers.


Covid-19: NHS contact-tracing app launched in Isle of Wight
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 04/05/2020

A trial of the NHS contact-tracing app has been launched on the Isle of Wight, with a further roll-out of the tool expected in the coming weeks.


GCHQ granted powers over NHS IT systems during Covid-19 outbreak
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 01/05/2020

The UK’s intelligence and security organisation has been granted access to information from NHS IT systems during the Covid-19 pandemic.


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