International health IT week in review: August 16

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 16: Germany's digital health plans, Meow bot to the rescue, NHS England contact tracing app, remote-controlled ventilators for COVID, home health tech for rural patients, VR for 3D models, streaming video to ambos, Canada's digital tech supercluster, telehealth thumbs up for senior Americans, Epic employees get bolshie, switching from phone to video consults

What will it take for Germany to embrace digital health?
The BMJ ~ Helen Albert ~ 11/08/2020

Germany has long resisted digitisation, but could a new law and the covid-19 pandemic ease that attitude?

Unsecured database exposed on web - then deleted
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 12/08/2020

Researcher says data on 3.1 million patients exposed. Did 'meow bot' fix the problem?

Covid-19: New trial for England’s revamped NHS contact-tracing app
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 13/08/2020

Apple and Google’s version was hailed as more privacy-centric as it only sends alerts between devices when Covid-19 is detected, rather than large quantities of data being stored on a central database.

Johns Hopkins researchers develop robotics system to remotely control ventilators
MobiHealthNews ~ Mallory Hackett ~ 13/08/2020

The system helps conserve personal protective equipment, limit staff exposure to contagious patients and give more time for clinical work.

Alberta rural patients trial new home health technology
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 12/08/2020

The initiative aims to implement and rapidly scale proven digital technologies to alleviate stress on the health system, while serving as a national model for ongoing stability of care.

Using virtual reality to improve patient care
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 12/08/2020

Realize Medical is collaborating with Logitech to further enhance Elucis, the world’s first VR platform for creating patient-specific 3D medical models directly in virtual reality.

Supercluster announces new projects to fight virus
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 12/08/2020

The Digital Technology Supercluster announced the completion of its $60 million investment in the COVID-19 Program, launched in April to contribute to Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19.

South Central Ambulance Service to use GoodSAM’s Instant On Scene
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 10/08/2020

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is to launch a digital solution which allow the public to stream video directly from their smartphones into the SCAS 999 Clinical Coordination Centres (CCC).

Survey shows seniors are embracing technology and telehealth during pandemic
MobiHealthNews ~ Mallory Hackett ~ 10/08/2020

The survey found that overall use of telemedicine services among seniors increased 300% during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NHS Wales launches ‘caring’ AI virtual agent using IBM Watson
MobiHealthNews ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 07/08/2020

The solution answers common questions about COVID-19 in Welsh or English.

Epic faces employee backlash over COVID-19 return to work policies
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 07/08/2020

Frustrated staffers at the Verona campus allege indifference from upper management to the health risks and say there have been efforts to quash dissent. Some say they're looking to unionize in response.

How to switch from phone to video telehealth on a limited budget
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 07/08/2020

The Institute for Family Health was mostly using telephone consults during COVID-19’s peak in New York. Now it’s going on a tech shopping spree to better care for patients – and boost revenue.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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