International health IT week in review: December 6

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending December 6: Germany's digital transformation, dawn of digital medicine, phishing vaccine cold chain, pyjama time charting, Japanese doctors go digital, consult prep tool for patients, standardising patient addresses, linking vaccination records, Fitbit predicts COVID onset, rapid hospital at home

Want to see the future of digital health tools? Look to Germany.
Harvard Business Review ~ Ariel D Stern ~ 02/12/2020

In late 2019, Germany’s parliament passed the Digital Healthcare Act (Digitale-Versorgung-Gesetz, or DVG) — an ambitious law designed to catalyze the digital transformation of the German health care system.

The dawn of digital medicine
The Economist ~ Staff writer ~ 02/12/2020

The pandemic is ushering in the next trillion-dollar industry.

IBM uncovers global email attack on Covid vaccine supply chain
CNBC ~ Noah Higgins-Dunn ~ 03/12/2020

The company’s task force dedicated to tracking down Covid-19 cybersecurity threats said it discovered fraudulent emails impersonating a Chinese business executive at a credible cold-chain supply company.

Ambient documentation with Epic helps reduce clinician burnout at Monument Health
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 03/12/2020

The goal of its Nuance deployment is to significantly reduce after-hours “pajama time” charting while introducing the voice of the patient to the EHR, says its CIO and CMIO.

Google Health and HHS' AHRQ detail new pilot project helping patients prep for their doctor's appointment
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 02/12/2020

The tool would help patients develop health questions for their clinician, and reminds them to bring along any necessary test results or other materials.

The pandemic is inducing Japanese doctors to go digital
The Economist ~ Staff writer ~ 02/12/2020

Telemedicine and electronic record-keeping are at last on the rise.

New ONC initiative aims to standardize patient address formats
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 02/12/2020

Launching in 2021, the ONC's Project US@ aims to enhance efforts to correctly link patients with their health data — a key part of interoperability — by standardizing the way patients' mailing addresses are formatted.

Thousands of US lab results and medical records spilled online after a security lapse
TechCrunch ~ Zack Whittaker ~ 02/12/2020

NTreatment, a technology company that manages electronic health and patient records for doctors and psychiatrists, left thousands of sensitive health records exposed to the internet because one of its cloud servers wasn’t protected with a password.

Electronic flu vaccine notifications service expanded
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 01/12/2020

A service that sends information about flu vaccinations electronically from pharmacies to GP practices has been expanded ahead of winter.

Fitbit study predicts onset of COVID-19 and hospitalization likelihood
MobiHealthNews ~ Mallory Hackett ~ 01/12/2020

Consumer wearable devices can be key tools in predicting the onset of illnesses like COVID-19 by using health metrics like breathing rate, resting heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV), according to findings published in npj Digital Medicine from Fitbit.

Brigham and Women’s, Biofourmis launch hospital-at-home solution nationwide
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 01/12/2020

In January, Brigham published a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that showed the efficacy of its home hospital program, which utilized the co-developed solution.

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