International health IT week in review: June 21

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending June 21: Trouble with COVID contact tracing apps in Bahrain, Kuwait, Norway, UK, US, embracing digital health in age of coronavirus, hospital interoperability platform, using HIEs to increase interoperability, telephone and text trump telehealth, retailers entering digital health sector

Privacy fears over COVID apps by Bahrain, Kuwait, Norway
Al Jazeera ~ Staff writer ~ 16/06/2020

Live tracking of users' locations puts thousands of people at risk, Amnesty International says.

Government abandons contact-tracing app for Apple and Google’s tech
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 18/06/2020

The government has abandoned its model for the NHS contact-tracing app and switched to Google and Apple’s technology.

How a rural hospital leveraged health IT to combat COVID-19
EHR Intelligence ~ Christopher Jason ~ 18/06/2020

Fitzgibbon is connected to a multitude of HIEs to increase interoperability and enhance patient data exchange in its area.

Coronavirus has forced us to embrace digital healthcare – it could transform how we look after patients
The Conversation ~ Christopher Eccleston ~ 12/06/2020

COVID-19 has moved us from a cautious debate about whether to use telemedicine to an immediate need to revolutionise practice.

Apervita unveils tool to aid hospitals with interoperability requirements
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 18/06/2020

The platform, which the company says supports more than 2,500 hospitals, can now be used to provide patient data to third-party applications as mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of National Coordinator interoperability and patient access regulations.

Text and telephone consultations trump video during Covid-19
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 17/06/2020

Telephone and text consultations have been favoured by patients during the Covid-19 pandemic but better data collection on the use of digital services is needed, according to the Digital Healthcare Council.

Survey says majority of Americans won't use COVID-19 contact-tracing apps
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 16/06/2020

According to a study commissioned by the security software vendor Avira, 71% of Americans say they won't use COVID-19 contact-tracing apps, with many citing potential privacy and security issues.

Microsoft 365 deal expected to save NHS hundreds of millions
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 15/06/2020

GPs, consultants, nurses, therapists, paramedics and support staff will have access to services within Microsoft 365, ensuring they are able to use tools such as Microsoft Teams, which will enable staff to collaborate more effectively through instant messaging, audio and video calls.

Walmart snaps up digital health company CareZone's medication management tool
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 15/06/2020

As digital health merges into mainstream health, we’ve seen a rise in interest from both retail and tech giants looking to enter the space.

‘Apparent failure’ of contact-tracing app hinders tests and trace system
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 12/06/2020

The “apparent failure” of the NHS contact-tracing app has “complicated” the effective operation of the government’s test and trace system, a new report found.

Results of first week of test and trace are in – app is still out
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 12/06/2020

The first statistics from the government’s test and trace system have been released – but a roll-out date for the contact-tracing app remains absent.

New bill would codify Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 12/06/2020

The bipartisan HEALTH Act would make permanent Medicare payments for telehealth services at federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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