International health IT week in review: September 6

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending September 6: Finland's contact tracing system, Ottawa's Epic-in-a-box, blood pressure telemonitoring, Apple and Google contact tracing app, telehealth challenges, HoloLens for clinical collaboration, digital transfer of aged care, digital clinical trials, virtual care for intellectual disability, flawed EMR lawsuit settled, transfer of care messages

How Finland got 20% of its population to download a contact tracing app in one day
Quartz ~ Tim McDonnell ~ 03/09/2020

So far, although dozens of apps have been introduced, their adoption has generally been sluggish (except in countries like China and Qatar, which made them mandatory).


Ottawa Hospital creates ‘Epic-in-a-box’ for portability
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 02/09/2020

The Ottawa Hospital has launched Epic-in-a-box, a briefcase-like package that allows staff and professionals to visit patients in their homes or at long-term care centres and easily access the hospital’s electronic health record system through a secure cell-phone connection.


Heart attacks and strokes halved using pharmacist-led home blood pressure telemonitoring
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 02/09/2020

A study published this week in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension found that 12 months of pharmacist-managed home blood pressure telemonitoring and pharmacist management lowered hypertension for two years.


Apple and Google will build their coronavirus contact tracing software right into your phone
CNBC ~ Kif Leswing ~ 01/09/2020

Apple and Google announced on Tuesday that future versions of the iOS and Android operating systems will include the companies’ Covid-19 notification system that previously required users to seek out and install an app made by a public health authority.


Healthcare execs say telehealth is their No. 1 pandemic tech problem
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 01/09/2020

Other major challenges include remote patient monitoring, interoperability, real-time data analytics, work-from-home resources and patient surveillance, according to a new KLAS report.


Alder Hey uses HoloLens for greater collaboration during Covid-19
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 01/09/2020

Using intelligent technology solution Insight’s Fast Start service, along with Microsoft HoloLens 2 and Dynamics 365 remote assist, the trust has enabled clinicians to collaborate in a way that otherwise would not have been possible due to pandemic.


Building a digital bridge between hospitals and LTC
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Elaine Mitropoulos ~ 31/08/2020

In the past, when a patient was discharged from hospital to LTC, or a resident returns to a care home after a hospital visit, printed or faxed documentation was used in the transfer of care.


Digitizing clinical trials
Nature ~ OT Inan et al ~ 31/08/2020

The concept of a “digital clinical trial” involves leveraging digital technology to improve participant access, engagement, trial-related measurements, and/or interventions, enable concealed randomized intervention allocation, and has the potential to transform clinical trials and to lower their cost.


Konica Minolta settles lawsuit alleging flaws in EHR software for $500,000
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 30/08/2020

The whistleblower case alleged that an electronic health records company acquired by Konica Minolta cheated on certification tests to hide software issues.


Sheffield Teaching Hospitals issues £400m tender for new EPR
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 28/08/2020

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has issued a £400m tender for an electronic patient record (EPR) to replace its current contract with DXC Lorenzo five years after it was installed.


Telehealth keeps I/DD patients close with their docs during pandemic
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 28/08/2020

The Arc Madison Cortland is using virtual care to connect intellectual/developmental disability patients with providers who understand the nuances of that dual diagnosis.


Clinical patient discharge summaries to be sent electronically to GPs
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 28/08/2020

National transfer of care messages allow for the data to be easily extracted straight into GP computer systems.


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