International health IT week in review: January 31

Israel leads vax roll-out, Covid passport in Kenya, PCR tests on phone, Japan relies on paper, US gaps in health data, UK Pinnacle system, AI for DI in Canada, IT strategies for vax, V-Health passport, Samsung smartwatch ECG, Google VaccineFinder, Covid data theft, digital health boost for German hospitals, Philips buys Capsule

How well does the vaccine work? Israel’s real-world stats can be globe’s guide
The Times of Israel ~ Nathan Jeffay ~ 14/01/2021

While the US and UK are both giving out more vaccinations than Israel in sheer numbers, they both lack the centralized electronic record-keeping of Israel’s four health maintenance organizations, which have been tasked with distributing the majority of the shots.

Digital health screening speeds up passenger clearance at Kenya airport
The East African ~ Faustine Ngila ~ 25/01/2021

Automated cameras with inbuilt thermometers measure the temperatures of dozens of people in the socially distanced queue, displaying the results on a large screen.

Etihad to pilot digital health pass on Paris route
Business Traveller ~ Hannah Brandler ~ 26/01/2021

Travellers will be able to securely store their PCR test results digitally on their mobile devices, which will then be verified at the airport using a “global, incorruptible blockchain-based network” to ensure that results are valid and in line with government regulations.

Asia's COVID vaccination drives show Japan as digital laggard
Nikkei Asia ~ Wataru Suzuki and Erwida Maulia ~ 25/01/2021

Cities, districts and towns have been instructed to print out vaccination tickets and mail them to each resident.

Data gaps make it hard to know if priority health workers got vaccines first
Kaiser Heatlh News ~ Rachana Pradhan and Fred Schulte ~ 28/01/2021

US health officials are struggling to collect critical data, providing little insight into which healthcare workers were among the people getting initial vaccines as intended.

NHS to start recording COVID-19 vaccine ethnicity data
Healthcare IT News ~ Sophie Porter ~ 28/01/2021

NHSE were initially resistant to including ethnicity data, highlighting that it is already stored in patient records linked to the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) of which Pinnacle is a part.

AI solutions making their way through DI departments
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Dave Webb ~ 28/01/2021

In the 1950 Stanley Cup playoffs, then-22-year-old Gordie Howe mistimed a check and fell headfirst into the boards.

The provider’s IT playbook for efficient, equitable Covid-19 vaccine administration
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 27/01/2021

Here is a snapshot of the IT strategies that providers are employing to achieve their vaccine administration goals.

UK tech company launches global COVID and vaccination passport
Healthcare IT News ~ Sara Mageit ~ 27/01/2021

The V-Health Passport has 200 clinics across the UK where a person can book a COVID-19 test and be recognised as ‘fit to fly’ by International airlines.

Samsung says smartwatch ECG, blood pressure measurement will go live in 31 more countries
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 26/01/2021

The Samsung Health Monitor app will be updated to enable these features on the Galaxy Watch3 and Galaxy Watch Active2 beginning on February 4 for certain markets.

Searching for vaccine information? Google wants to make it easier to find
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 26/01/2021

Since information on the vaccine rollout changes quickly, Google will work with VaccineFinder, an initiative by Boston Children’s Hospital that pulls information from local health departments, as well as other government agencies and retail pharmacies.

Two arrested for alleged theft of COVID-19 patient data
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 26/01/2021

Police in the Netherlands have arrested two health ministry workers for allegedly stealing COVID-19 patient data from the agency's systems and offering it for sale online.

German hospitals receive digital health boost
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 22/01/2021

Under the Hospital Future Act (KHZG), which came into force in September 2020, public hospitals will receive a share of €4.3 billion for digital health innovation.

Philips acquires medical device integrator Capsule for $635m
HIT Infrastructure ~ Samantha McGrail ~ 21/01/2021

Capsule’s Medical Device Information Platform connects almost all existing medical device EMRs in hospitals through a vendor-neutral system.

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