International health IT week in review: July 12

Telehealth in the supermarket, telehealth in the pharmacy, health technology assessments for health apps, doctors need better EMRs, prescribing digital therapeutics, vulnerabilities in open-source EMRs, tele-ICU for US VA, telehealth claims up 8000%, cloudRx for private UK docs, COVID-19 research data alliance, painful journey for NHS contact tracing app

Asda launches virtual in-store GP service with Medicspot
Healthcare IT News ~ Sara Mageit ~ 07/07/2020

Medicspot has announced a partnership with Asda to offer in-store GP video-consultations in the latest expansion of digital primary care services.

In-store virtual care service launched in B.C.
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 08/07/2020

Shoppers Drug Mart and Canada’s leading virtual care provider, Maple, have launched in-store virtual care across British Columbia locations. Online doctor visits at Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies are covered by B.C.’s Medical Services Plan (MSP), just like in-person appointments.

How healthy are health apps?
MobiHealthNews ~ Cornelia Wels-Maug ~ 07/07/2020

HTA is increasingly recognized as an important pillar on the way towards universal reimbursement.

Physicians deserve better software: Covid-19 has shown why medical records need to adapt
MedCity News ~ Craig Limoli and Georgia Papathomas ~ 07/07/2020

Now that meaningful API-based integration is finally a reality in healthcare, systems of clinical intelligence are emerging to meet physicians’ needs where EHRs have fallen short.

Propeller gets green light to bundle its digital health tools with inhalers
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 08/07/2020

Propeller Health and Novartis received the green light from European regulators to package their products together. The move is one step of many to make digital therapeutics easier to prescribe.

Alerts: flaws in ultrasound, open-source hospital systems
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 08/07/2020

Federal authorities have issued security advisories related to vulnerabilities in ultrasound systems from a major medical device maker, and multiple flaws in an open-source hospital information management system used primarily by smaller entities.

VA taps Philips for 10-year, potentially $100m telehealth critical care contract
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 08/09/2020

The 10-year agreement, which could total as much as $100 million, will see Philips innovating the VA's telehealth technology and services, including tele-ICU, remote patient monitoring, diagnostic imaging, sleep monitors and more.

Report: Telehealth claims lines up 8,336% in April due to COVID-19
FierceHealthcare ~ Paige Minemyer ~ 08/07/2020

Telehealth claims increased from accounting for 0.15% of medical claim lines in April 2019 to 13% in April 2020, according to the report.

Private practice doctors offer e-prescribing through CloudRx
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 07/07/2020

There is a clear technology gap between the electronic prescribing capabilities of the NHS and the digital infrastructure available to independent private clinicians.

Rock Health reports record digital health funding of $5.4B set to the backdrop of a pandemic
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 07/07/2020

Telehealth and digital behavioral health were two of the most popular investment areas.

Research Data Alliance finalizes COVID-19 data sharing guidelines
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 07/07/2020

The report offers best practices and advice – around software, data-governance, legal and ethical considerations and more – for four key research areas: clinical data, omics practices, epidemiology and social sciences.

AAFP teams up with startup Suki to use AI to combat docs' EHR pain points
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 07/07/2020

The physicians' group is looking to recruit 100 doctors to test out startup Suki's voice-enabled, artificial intelligence-powered clinical digital assistant that helps with tedious documentation tasks when using electronic health records (EHR) systems.

NHS launches online recovery service for Covid-19 patients
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 06/07/2020

Nurses and physiotherapists will be able to reply to patients’ needs either online or over the phone as part of the ‘Your Covid Recovery’ service.

Timeline: What happened to the NHS contact-tracing app
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 02/07/2020

A national roll-out date for the app has not yet been confirmed, with ministers suggesting it is “not a priority” and may not be ready until the winter.

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