International health IT week in review: April 4

US information blocking ban, Japan’s digital health passport, open source interoperability, video-based vitals monitoring, mass vaccine booking system, Johns Hopkins COVID tracker, FHIR approach to vaccine scheduling, Germany’s ePA, online triage in general practice

Why experts say the information blocking ban will be game changing for patients
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 31/03/2021

Starting next week, a new regulation goes into effect that will give patients easier access to their digital health records through their smartphones.

ANA trials COVID-19 digital health passport at Haneda Airport
Japan Times ~ Staff writer ~ 29/03/2021

The app, one of a number of digital health passports being trialed around the world to allow airlines and authorities to expedite immigration procedures at airports, is backed by the World Economic Forum. It certifies both coronavirus test results and vaccination status.

Interoperability groups team up for open source healthcare developer sandbox
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 31/03/2021

InterOp.Community – a joint project of the Interoperability Institute, IHE USA, Interopion and Red Hat – aims to advance health information sharing via open platforms and open source software.

Oxford spinoff receives De Novo clearance for video-based vitals monitoring software
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 30/03/2021

Oxford University spinoff Oxehealth has received an FDA de novo clearance for software that can estimate pulse rate, heart rate, respiratory rate and breathing rate from a video camera signal.

Akamai, Salesforce launch tool for mass COVID-19 vaccine registrations
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 30/03/2021

Built on Salesforce's Vaccine Cloud, the Vaccine Edge tool is aimed at improving the vaccination signup process when high demand tests website capacity.

Tracking the success of Johns Hopkins' high-profile COVID-19 website
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 30/03/2021

Here's a look at how it was created, what it offers – and how it grew to reach more than 38 million visits in seven months.

Lawsuit: Cerner systems’ failure drove Astria Health into bankruptcy
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 29/03/2021

A Sunnyside, Washington-based health system is laying the blame for its 2019 bankruptcy squarely on the shoulders of its EHR vendor.

ONC's top goals: Interoperability, alignment and equity
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 29/03/2021

ONC is involved in helping support the White House with regard to COVID-19 vaccine credentials, as well as with developing a basic FHIR approach to vaccine scheduling.

Ransomware: home health firm reports 2nd cloud vendor incident
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 29/03/2021

A home healthcare company says a data breach affecting more than 753,000 patients, employees and former workers stems from a ransomware attack on its private cloud hosted by managed service providers. The company reported a similar incident 15 months ago.

PEI to create ‘medical neighborhoods’ using new EMR
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 29/03/2021

The EMR will also be integrated with the province’s hospitals, which use their own Cerner electronic health record.

Germany's ePA app - How does the implementation work?
MobiHealthNews ~ Anna Engberg ~ 26/03/2021

Since January 2021, all statutorily insured 72 million German citizens have been legally entitled to a national electronic patient record (ePA).

European leaders call for EU-wide vaccine passport as ‘a matter of urgency’
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 26/03/2021

The certificate will provide digital proof that a person has either been vaccinated, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19.

Royal Free patient first to receive smartphone connected defibrillator
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 26/03/2021

A 61-year-old year old man has become the first patient at the Royal Free London to receive a new type of implantable defibrillator that can be connected to a smartphone app.

One year later: How online triage has changed the face of general practice
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Patel-Campbell ~ 25/03/2021

Dr Thomas Patel-Campbell shares the experiences of Haxby Group GP practices after 12 months of using online triage and patient flow management technology.

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