International health IT week in review: July 26

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending July 26: Android contact tracing app collects location data, Microsoft's IoT connector for FHIR, COVID tests automated for GPs, removing restrictions on telehealth, Ireland's open source tracing app, data transfer problems in Germany, Emotet botnet reemerges carrying Qbot, Canada's AI path, revolt against CDC data bypass

Google promises privacy with virus app but can still collect location data
New York Times ~ Natasha Singer ~ 20/07/2020

But for the apps to work on smartphones with Google’s Android operating system — the most popular in the world — users must first turn on the device location setting, which enables GPS and may allow Google to determine their locations.

Microsoft unveils Azure IoT Connector for FHIR, to help with RPM security
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 17/07/2020

The cloud service can enable developers to more easily create secure pipelines to handle streaming biometric data and other PHI from remote patient monitoring devices.

Covid-19 tests now being automatically sent to GP systems
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 22/07/2020

The new data flow utilises EMIS Health’s Keystone product, which provides messaging of clinical and administrative data such as pathology, with data now flowing into the systems of 95 per cent of GP surgeries with the remaining 5 per cent due to go live soon.

Legislators and healthcare orgs rally in favor of bipartisan telehealth bill
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 23/07/2020

The House bill, introduced last week, would eliminate most geographic and originating site restrictions on the use of telehealth in Medicare, a broadly popular provision.

Code for Ireland’s Covid Tracker app given to global public health project
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 23/07/2020

Ireland’s Health Service Executive has provided the code to the newly established Linux Foundation public health initiative which aims to use open source software to help public health authorities around the world combat Covid-19 and future epidemics.

Error which caused 80,000 German medical practices to lose their connection to telematics infrastructure has been resolved
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 22/07/2020

Doctors were not able to transfer patient master data via the system for eight weeks due to a configuration error.

Emotet botnet delivering Qbot banking Trojan
Information Security Media Group ~ Chinmay Rautmare ~ 22/07/2020

The Emotet botnet, which recently surged back to life after a months-long hiatus, is now delivering the Qbot banking Trojan to victims' devices, security researchers say.

Task force calls for national health AI strategy
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 22/07/2020

Canada’s strong international competitiveness in AI and the quality of our healthcare are at risk if we do not develop a national AI for Health (AI4H) Strategy.

More than 100 industry groups ask Trump to reverse HHS data reporting requirement
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 20/07/2020

The public health, research, medical, science and legal organizations all voiced concerns about data availability and transparency under the new process, which instructs hospitals to bypass the CDC and report directly to HHS.

Emotet botnet returns after months-long hiatus
Information Security Media Group ~ Akshaya Asokan ~ 18/07/2020

After a nearly six-month hiatus, the Emotet botnet sprung back to life on Friday with a fresh spam campaign targeting victims in both the U.S. and U.K., according to multiple security research reports.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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