International health IT week in review: March 7

EHRs and Covid vax, South Africa and Malaysia live with digital health passport, Europe’s vax program, France Covid health pass, NHS Covid app update, Google Covid tracker platform, US ransomware attacks, New York trials IBM’s digital health pass, malware by SEO, virtual care provider makes house calls

Why electronic health records haven't helped US with vaccinations
IEEE Spectrum ~ Robert N Charette ~ 04/03/2021

Covid-19 has laid bare crippling interoperability issues.

COVID-19 Health Passport app launches in South Africa
Memeburn ~ Sam Spiller ~ 03/03/2021

The app allows officials to scan a QR code on the traveller’s phone to check if they have been tested or vaccinated.

Europe, lagging in vaccinations, to go into ‘overdrive’ to catch up
AP ~ Frank Jordans ~ 04/03/2021

“There are historical reasons why we don’t have a centralised register like in Denmark,” said von Gaudecker, citing Germany’s grim history of state oppression under Nazism and communism.

France debates Covid health pass: How would it work?
The Connexion ~ Hannah Thompson ~ 04/03/2021

Mr Macron said that it would be intended to hold a record of recent negative Covid tests, and would also show if the holder had been vaccinated.

NHS Covid-19 app ‘important pillar’ in easing lockdown restrictions
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 04/03/2021

It has undergone weekly updates, including the adding of local tier information when tier systems were introduced; interoperability with the Northern Ireland and Scottish app; and the implementation of self-isolation payments.

Lively, Best Buy's aging-in-place brand, comes to Apple Watches
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 04/03/2021

Best Buy announced that it has brought a collection of senior-focused emergency-response services to the Apple Watch via its Lively brand, and plans to add fall detection down the line.

Navajo Nation hospital targeted by large-scale ransomware hack
NBC News ~ Kevin Collier ~ 04/03/2021

Sensitive employee files posted online by a hacker group known for ransomware attacks and seen by NBC News indicated just how deep an attack the hospital had suffered: files on everything from job applications and background checks to staff injury reports.

Ro will start making house calls to vaccinate elders in New York for COVID-19
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 03/03/2021

Virtual care provider Ro will now be making house calls to distribute vaccines to older people and those with disabilities in New York. As part of the program, Uber will be giving healthcare workers free rides to and from patients’ care sites.

Google and the University of Oxford launch global Covid-19 tracker platform
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 02/03/2021 includes data on the pandemic for around 20% of all globally reported infections. It contains highly detailed but fully anonymised and unidentifiable data for individual cases, including their location and travel history.

Hackers use search engine optimization to deliver malware
Information Security Media Group ~ Akshaya Asokan ~ 02/03/2021

Sophos researchers say the Gootloader campaign uses a network of 400 compromised websites, including the site of a neonatal medical practice in Canada.

New York, IBM begin testing Covid-19 digital health pass
ZDNet ~ Stephanie Condon ~ 02/03/2021

Dubbed the "Excelsior Pass," the blockchain-based application is designed to give New York residents a secure way to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result or certification of vaccination.

Malaysia’s first Health Passport, Immunitee formally accepted in Singapore
MobiHealthNews ~ Roy Chiang ~ 01/03/2021

The Immunitee Health Passport will help facilitate smooth clearance at border health checkpoints, allowing travelers to enter the country.

Technical work on interoperable EU vaccine certificate to be completed within three months
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 01/03/2021

European Council president Charles Michel confirmed there would be a “common European approach” to ensure vaccine certificates (also known as vaccine passports) are interoperable.

Eli Lilly, Welldoc collaborate on new version of BlueStar platform
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 01/03/2021

The partners plan on creating a new version of Welldoc’s BlueStar, an app-based diabetes management platform that will be able to integrate insulin dosing data for Lilly insulin products.

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