International health IT week in review: March 28

UK’s digital child health records, Spanish telepharmacy, US telehealth, Apple Watch for frailty, Microsoft’s vaccine management system reboot, vaccine passports, US VA review of Cerner EHR, health IT for COVID-19, mail merge mishap, Amazon’s app-based telehealth services

Child health records set to be digitised earlier than planned
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 25/03/2021

Personal child health records are set to be digitised earlier than planned under government plans to give families greater access to their children’s data.

Spanish mobile network Yoigo launches telemedicine service Doctor Go
MobiHealthNews ~ Sara Mageit ~ 25/03/2021

At €6 per month, the Doctor Go telemedicine service offers video-consultations with family doctors and specialists, as well as telepharmacy services for electronic prescriptions and the delivery of medicines.

Ryanair chief doubts digital health passports will take off
FlightGlobal ~ Lewis Harper ~ 25/03/2021

He expresses doubt that there will be “international agreement on what a digital health pass will even look like”, and believes that “governments will not be in a position to produce” such passports.

Study of 36.5M people reveals huge jump in pandemic telehealth use
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 25/03/2021

During the first four months of COVID-19, telehealth visits accounted for 23.6% of all interactions – compared with 0.3% of contacts during the same time period in 2019.

Apple-backed Stanford study suggests iPhone, Apple Watch could remotely monitor heart patients' frailty
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 25/03/2021

iPhones and Apple Watches could enable at-home assessment of cardiovascular disease patients' frailty via sensor data and an app-guided version of the six-minute walk test (6MWT), a traditionally clinic-based assessment of a person's functional capacity.

Microsoft releases new vaccine management platform after technical issues
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 23/03/2021

The product reportedly incorporates lessons learned from the company's initial offering, which ran into high-profile hurdles.

Vaccine passports won’t get us out of the pandemic
New York Times ~ Saskia Popescu and Alexandra Phelan ~ 22/03/2021

Until coronavirus vaccines are distributed equitably and nations agree to immunization standards, vaccination passes will not end the spread of Covid-19.

VA to undertake strategic review of EHR modernization program
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 22/03/2021

The announcement follows reports of problems with the new Cerner system at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane.

A tale of breach notification blunders
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 22/03/2021

As a result of a mail merge mishap, some victims of a recent health data breach received breach notifications that mistakenly addressed them as being a minor or even "deceased."

These telehealth trends are likely here to stay
USA Today ~ Adrianna Rodriguez ~ 21/03/2021

While virtual care existed before COVID-19, the practice boomed after state-mandated, stay-at-home orders and have since remained strong.

Lessons from an international study on using health IT for COVID-19
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 19/03/2021

Researchers examined how six hospitals in the United States and the United Kingdom used digital health tools in their response to the pandemic.

Amazon Care's nationwide telehealth expansion 'may be bigger than the sum of the parts,' says firm
FierceHealthcare ~ Jeff Lagasse ~ 18/03/2021

Amazon signaled its intention this week to expand its Amazon Care app-based telehealth services to its employees and to other companies across the U.S. – services that to date have only been available to the retail giant's Washington-based workforce.

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