International health IT week in review: August 23

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 23: Global disease tracker returns, CDC bypass decision reversed, predicting COVID-19 with Fitbits, Jordanian telehealth for Beirut residents, ICD-10 codes weak on COVID, NHS IT purchasing framework, telehealth through the TV, remote pregnancy monitoring

Ottawa revives its global disease monitoring agency
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 19/08/2020

The agency is again issuing alerts about serious disease outbreaks for the first time since May 2019, when it was effectively shut down.

Covid-19 data will once again be collected by CDC, in policy reversal
Wall St Journal ~ Robbie Whelan ~ 20/08/2020

Hospitals will return to reporting new cases to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Trump administration says, after shift to Health and Human Services led to delays and data problems.

Early data from Fitbit study indicates it can predict COVID-19 before symptoms show
MobiHealthNews ~ Mallory Hackett ~ 19/08/2020

With the research gathered in its study, Fitbit hopes to create an algorithm that can detect diseases such as COVID-19 before symptoms start using physiological signs.

Jordanian telehealth solution to provide free medical access for Beirut residents
Healthcare IT News ~ Ahmed El Sherif ~ 17/08/2020

Altibbi will provide the Arabic-language consultations for a month, allowing anyone who needs medical assistance to connect directly with doctors via audio calls and online chats.

ICD-10 codes don't accurately capture COVID-19 symptoms, study shows
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 17/08/2020

An electronic health record review of 2,201 patients who had been tested for COVID-19 found that ICD-10 codes had low sensitivity and negative predictive value for capturing cough, fever and labored breathing.

New IT purchasing framework ‘could save NHS £75million’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 14/08/2020

Twenty-eight suppliers have been appointed to the framework to offer consumer-oriented technologies across a range of software and IT infrastructure.

New telehealth technology uses the TV set
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan Morse ~ 13/08/2020

MedSign CEO and cofounder Tom Conroy came up with television technology called Qortex so that his father, a World War II veteran who didn't use a computer or own a smartphone, and others like him could access both the video and audio component of telehealth.

Remote patient monitoring can help address the maternal mortality crisis
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 14/08/2020

Fran Ayalasomayajula, founder and president of Reach, wants to get a blood pressure monitor into the hands of every patient in their third trimester of pregnancy.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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