International health IT week in review: October 25

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending October 25: Telemedicine in Africa, contact tracing in Asia, EHRs and the COVID vaccine, India's digital health ID, Excelgate latest, hospital admissions down 10%, voice assist for Cerner, Ireland's digital health labs, virtual health in Dubai

Africa turns to telemedicine to close mental health gap
The Lancet Digital Health ~ Paul Adepoju ~ 21/10/2020

Several countries in Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya, already have a telecommunications density exceeding 100%.

Contact tracing: digital health on the frontline
The Lancet Digital Health ~ Staff writer ~ 21/10/2020

South Korea, China, and Singapore have successfully used digital contact tracing to control the spread of COVID-19, often putting public interest above individuals' right to privacy.

Tracking Covid shot’s safety puts strain on health IT networks
Bloomberg ~ Jeannie Bauman ~ 21/10/2020

Electronic health data systems that still can’t fully talk to one another will create challenges flagging side effects of any Covid-19 vaccine once it hits the market.

Digital health ID not mandatory for accessing Covid vaccine: Health ministry
Times of India ~ Sushmi Dey ~ 20/10/2020

A digital health identity will not be mandatory for vaccination against COVID-19 and multiple other identity proofs can be used by a person to receive the shots though the government plans to utilize digital health IDs as well for the process once the vaccine is available.

CMS reports 34.5M telehealth services delivered March through June
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 21/10/2020

The numbers represent a 2,632% increase compared to the same time period last year.

Dido Harding assures no risk to patient data during Excel error
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 20/10/2020

Harding said a new system had been commissioned to replace the “legacy system” but failed to address whether the use of Excel had breached regulatory requirements.

Hospitals admissions could be down 10.5% for 2020
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 20/10/2020

As hospital admissions rebound to near-normal levels, total admissions are still expected to be down 10.5% for the year, according to an analysis by the Epic Health Research Network and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Hey Cerner': Company seeks health systems to help test new Voice Assist tech
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 20/10/2020

The company says Voice Assist will enable easier interaction with Cerner electronic health records, enabling clinicians – by simply saying "Hey Cerner" – to query and retrieve patient data from the EHR, place orders, set up reminders and more.

Technology ‘sometimes a barrier’ for patients and providers during Covid
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 19/10/2020

The rapid need to go digital-first highlighted a digital divide between providers; apprehension from staff about using technology; and a lack of equipment in some sectors.

Nine HSE digital health living labs launched across Ireland
Silicon Republic ~ Colm Gorey ~ 18/10/2020

Working with various partners, the country’s healthcare authority said the labs will look to accelerate the co-creation and adoption of digital health solutions in Ireland.

NHS Covid-19 App updated to fix disappearing exposure alerts
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 16/10/2020

The NHS Covid-19 App has been updated to fix alerts suggesting exposure to coronavirus that then disappear.

Dubai Diabetes Centre exploring effectiveness of virtual health follow-ups using remote devices
MobiHealthNews ~ Ahmed El Sherif ~ 17/10/2020

A new study exploring the effectiveness of virtual health follow-ups using home-monitoring devices and mobile technology is currently being conducted by the Dubai Diabetes Centre (DDC) with the support of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in the United Arab Emirates.

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