International health IT week in review: April 18

Google trying again with PHRs? evidence for AI tools, Denmark’s coronapas, Malaysia’s Immunitee, US VA EHR, Facebook’s vaccine finder, Microsoft/AXA digital health platform, eReferral app cuts DNAs, Dedalus and the NHS, SMART health cards for vax credentials, COVID-detecting mobile phone sensors

Google is exploring a health record tool for patients
STAT ~ Erin Brodwin ~ 09/04/2021

After 13 years, Google is coming back for patient health records. The tech giant has launched an early user feedback program aimed at exploring how patients might want to see, organize, and share their own medical record data.

FDA-cleared AI devices lack critical information on performance, equity
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 13/04/2021

In a review of 130 FDA-cleared AI tools, researchers found that the vast majority of them relied on retrospective studies.

Denmark among first in Europe to introduce COVID pass scheme
Euronews ~ Staff writer ~ 06/04/2021

The "coronapas" is available via a secure application or in paper format to people who have either been fully vaccinated, have tested positive for COVID-19 two to 12 weeks previously or negative over the previous 72 hours.

Malaysia’s Immunitee health passport successfully verifies first live passenger in Singapore
Bernama ~ Staff writer ~ 14/04/2021

Immunitee, a Malaysian health passport public-blockchain based app, has successfully completed its first live passenger verification from KL International Airport to Singapore on April 10, using a paperless and secure blockchain-based electronic Covid-19 swab test digital result.

VA will halt EHR rollout at second site until after strategic review
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 15/04/2021

The US Department of Veterans Affairs will pause the rollout of its Cerner electronic health record until it reviews the program and shares the results with Congress.

State-specific COVID-19 vaccine information is confusing. Facebook says it can help
MobiHealthNews ~ Mallory Hackett ~ 14/04/2021

Once a state declares the general public eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, Facebook will show a notification in the News Feed section to the state’s users and direct them to their health department or to its Vaccine Finder tool.

AXA partners Microsoft on ‘all-in-one’ digital health platform
Pharmaforum ~ Phil Taylore ~ 14/04/2021

European insurance giant AXA has stepped up an alliance with Microsoft to develop an international digital health platform on the back of successful pilots in Germany and Italy last year.

NHS App e-Referral Service cuts ‘did not attend’ rates by half
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 13/04/2021

In October 2020, NHS Digital integrated the e-Referral Service into the NHS App to give patients more control over their appointments and save GPs time.

Biden outlines health IT funding priorities
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 13/04/2021

The extensive list includes billions in funding for public health data modernization, broadband and 5G expansion, social determinants of health, cybersecurity and more.

Dedalus says ICS future requires open health eco-system
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 12/04/2021

On 1 April Dedalus completed its £350million acquisition of DXC Healthcare from DXC Technology, making it the mostly widely installed NHS hospital software supplier.

VCI member orgs plan verifiable COVID-19 vaccine credentials next month
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 09/04/2021

The Vaccination Credential Initiative is planning to finalize two implementation guides in April, and expects to start integrating the SMART Health Cards spec into an array of consumer-facing apps and systems in May.

500,000+ Trinity Health patients affected in widespread Accellion data breach
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 09/04/2021

A data breach resulting from vulnerabilities in file transfer service provider Accellion’s software has affected multiple healthcare entities.

GE researchers look to put COVID-19-detecting sensors in phones
MobiHealthNews ~ Mallory Hackett ~ 09/04/2021

GE Research has received a grant from the NIH to develop sensors that can be embedded into mobile devices to detect COVID-19 particles on their surfaces.

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