International health IT week in review: September 20

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending September 20: Patient dies after ransomware attack, GOSH gets HIMSS Stage 7, Singapore's Apple Watch health deal, patient want their health data, US telehealth expansion, tech for Scottish care homes, Wales data leak, FDA approval for Fitbit's ECG app, Kaiser Permanente's virtual first insurance plan, vulnerabilities in patient monitoring software

German hospital hacked, patient taken to another city dies
AP ~ Staff writer ~ 17/09/2020

German authorities said Thursday that an apparently misdirected ransomware attack caused the failure of IT systems at a major hospital in Duesseldorf, and a woman who needed urgent admission died after she had to be taken to another city for treatment.

GOSH becomes first European hospital to achieve HIMSS Stage 7
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 17/09/2020

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has become the first European hospital to achieve the HIMSS Stage7 international digital maturity benchmark.

Singapore to pay citizens for keeping healthy with Apple Watch
Bloomberg ~ Vlad Savov ~ 16/09/2020

Apple Inc. and the government of Singapore have partnered on a two-year health initiative dubbed LumiHealth, which is built around tracking and rewarding user behavior through the Apple Watch gadget and an iPhone app.

Patients want to download their own health data, report shows
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 17/09/2020

The survey commissioned by Pew Charitable Trusts found that the majority of patients want easy access to their health data, specifically via applications on mobile devices.

Task force report urges Congress to support expanded telehealth
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 17/09/2020

But here's why one doc group isn't happy with it.

How doctors are using the Apple Watch to ease transcription woes
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 16/09/2020

Notable's voice-powered assistant was developed to help curb the time doctors spend on charting.

NHS Highland looks to tech to help reduce Covid-19 spread in care homes
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 15/09/2020

The Scottish health board together with Highland Health Ventures and Wyld Networks are hoping to instal the technology which uses an app on smartphones and geozones, software-based virtual walls surrounding the care home.

Hackers divert VA payments intended for healthcare providers
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 15/09/2020

A security incident in which hackers used social engineering techniques to divert Department of Veterans Affairs payments intended for healthcare providers compromised the personal information of 46,000 U.S. veterans.

Coronavirus: 18,000 test results published by mistake
BBC ~ Staff writer ~ 14/09/2020

The details of more than 18,000 people who tested positive for coronavirus were published online by mistake by Public Health Wales.

Fitbit’s ECG app gets regulatory clearance in U.S. and European Union
MobiHealthNews ~ Mallory Hackett ~ 14/09/2020

The ECG app can detect over 98% of atrial fibrillation cases and was 100% accurate in identifying participants with normal sinus rhythm, according to study results.

Kaiser Permanente launches 'virtual-first' health plan in Washington
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 14/09/2020

The plan will make telehealth a foundational modality of care, with the option for patients to follow up with in-person visits if necessary.

Patient monitoring software vulnerabilities identified
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 14/09/2020

Federal authorities and medical device maker Philips have issued security alerts about security vulnerabilities in some of the company's patient monitoring software.

NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app to be launched in England and Wales
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 11/09/2020

It uses Bluetooth technology to track time and distance between smartphone devices. It also offers a QR code check-in capability, allows users to book a free test and has an isolation countdown timer to remind people to quarantine.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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