International health IT week in review: May 24

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending May 24: $9.9b for EMRs, Apple and Google API live, Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, virtual access to ICU, Fitbit's plans for ventilators, tsunami of telehealth growth, AI predictions for COVID-19

Hospital EHR spending projected to reach $9.9B by 2024
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 21/05/2020

Despite budgetary strains from the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report predicts regulatory requirements and medical-service spending growth will benefit electronic health record vendors in the years to come.

Apple, Google's contact tracing API goes live
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 20/05/2020

Opt-in "Exposure Notifications" are included in new operating system updates on both companies' platforms and available now to worldwide public health agencies.

Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare touts telehealth, remote team collaboration
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 20/05/2020

Billed by the software giant as its first industry-specific cloud product, the newly-launched platform is also aimed at enhancing patient engagement, improving provider communication and boosting analytics.

Community hospitals gain virtual access to ICU docs
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 20/05/2020

Through partnerships and technology, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare has introduced virtual critical care that will enable more critically-ill patients to stay in Muskoka hospitals for the intensive care they need, close to their family and friends.

New standards will help advance medical device connectivity
Healthcare IT News ~ Max Sullivan ~ 19/05/2020

Better interoperability between devices could result in the "silent ICU" in which alarms are not constantly going off by a patient's bed.

Unreliable contact-tracing apps ‘could provide false sense of security’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 15/05/2020

Unreliable contact-tracing apps could provide a false sense of security and increase the spread of Covid-19, the chair of the NHSX app ethics advisory board has warned.

Fitbit plans to make emergency ventilators for Covid-19
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 15/05/2020

Fitbit, which makes wearable devices including fitness-trackers, is shifting its supply chain to make emergency-use ventilators.

Telehealth set for 'tsunami of growth,' says Frost & Sullivan
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 15/05/2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic having already set the stage for a massive increase in telehealth consults, the research firm sees an even bigger future – as demand for one-stop virtual visits and remote patient monitoring grows as much as seven-fold.

New AI diagnostic can predict COVID-19 without testing
SciTech Daily ~ Staff writer ~ 15/05/2020

Researchers at King’s College London, Massachusetts General Hospital and health science company ZOE have developed an artificial intelligence diagnostic that can predict whether someone is likely to have COVID-19 based on their symptoms.

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