International health IT week in review: October 11

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending October 11: England's Excel COVID tracing bungle, Apple Health Records now available in UK and Canada, app prescribing in Germany, Lyft within Epic, EMRs and machine learning for real-time predictions, NHS's digital transformation during COVID, Zurich buys Aus and S African tech, digital health pass, ransomware attack on clinical trials

Excel: Why using Microsoft's tool caused Covid-19 results to be lost
BBC ~ Leo Kelion ~ 06/10/2020

The badly thought-out use of Microsoft's Excel software was the reason nearly 16,000 coronavirus cases went unreported in England.

England Covid cases error means 50,000 contacts may not have been traced
The Guardian ~ Josh Halliday ~ 05/10/2020

Public Health England (PHE) admitted it was to blame for the IT error that meant 15,841 positive test results were left off the official daily figures between 25 September and 2 October.

Health records now available on iPhone
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 07/10/2020

The Health Records feature within the Apple Health app is now available for users in Canada to securely view and store their medical records, right on their iPhone, with their privacy protected at all times.

Apple launches Health Records in UK with Oxford and Milton Keynes
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 08/10/2020

Apple has this week launched Health Records on the iPhone in the UK, with Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS FT the first to offer the feature to patients.

Doctors in Germany allowed to prescribe digital apps for first time
The Local ~ Staff writer ~ 06/10/2020

The first apps were unveiled after they made it through the test procedure from the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). They are the Kalmeda app, which promises to help with tinnitus, and Velibra, a therapy programme for anxiety disorders.

Lyft partners with Epic for non-emergency medical transportation
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 08/10/2020

The rideshare company said it will allow clinicians to schedule a ride for their patients from their health record, and make it easier for health systems to collect data on the impact of their transportation programs.

A validated, real-time prediction model for favorable outcomes in hospitalized COVID-19 patients
Nature Digital Medicine ~ Narges Razavian et al ~ 06/10/2020

In this article, we describe how a collaboration among data scientists, electronic health record (EHR) programmers (vendor- and health system-based), clinical informaticians, frontline physicians, and clinical leadership led to the development, prospective validation, and implementation of a machine learning model for real-time prediction of favorable outcomes within a 96 h window among hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

New digital health pass could help lift global travel restrictions
The Independent ~ Helen Coffey ~ 08/10/2020

Cathay Pacific will first trial the scheme with volunteers on a flight between Hong Kong International Airport and Singapore’s Changi Airport.

NHS Providers report highlights digital transformation during Covid-19
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 06/10/2020

A new report by NHS Providers says that digital transformation during the Covid-19 pandemic has been impressive but now needs additional investment and clear policy support if it is to be sustained.

Zurich makes double swoop for digital health service providers
International Adviser ~ Robbie Lawther ~ 08/10/2020

Insurance giant Zurich has agreed to acquire digital health and wellbeing service providers HealthLogix, based in Australia, and HealthInsite, based in South Africa, to further expand its LiveWell business.

Ransomware attack hits clinical trial software vendor
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 06/10/2020

A recent ransomware attack on a provider of software used by firms involved with COVID-19 vaccine development and other drug clinical trials illustrates the increasing cyberthreats facing medical industry supply chain partners.

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