International health IT week in review: April 25

Nuances of Microsoft deal, former PM lobbied for NHS data, South Africa’s vax booking system goes live then runs into problems, child health record for Lancashire, AliveCor sues Apple, digital health deal between Israel and UAE, Denmark’s coronapas, digital health in Ireland, Alexa finds vaxes, F for EMRs

Microsoft puts AI at heart of digital health strategy with Nuance deal
Pharmaforum ~ Phil Taylor ~ 16/04/2021

Microsoft has made its aspirations in digital health clear with a whopping $19.7 billion deal to buy Nuance Communications and its artificial intelligence platform for speech recognition that is increasingly being used for clinical applications.

David Cameron ‘lobbied Matthew Gould for access to NHS staff data’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 22/04/2021

Former Prime Minister David Cameron reportedly lobbied NHSX chief Matthew Gould for access to NHS staff data to support the rollout of a payment app, it has been revealed.

Mkhize launches Electronic Vaccination Data System, calls it ’future of healthcare in SA’
IOL ~ Staff writer ~ 16/04/2021

The Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) is now available to the general public and invites all citizens aged 60 years and above to register for vaccination.

Online COVID vaccine register leaves senior citizens frustrated
IT in Government ~ Simnikiwe Mzekandaba ~ 21/04/2021

The registration process has suffered teething problems, with some registered users saying they have not received the confirmation SMS as stipulated.

Single child health information system launched across Lancashire
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 22/04/2021

The immunisation, health and developmental records of nearly half a million children across Lancashire are now being managed by a single information system.

AliveCor aims to ban sales of Apple smartwatches, claiming patent infringement
MobiHealthNews ~ Mallory Hackett ~ 22/04/2021

AliveCor asserts that Apple knowingly copied its patented technology in an effort to squash it as a market competitor.

Israel-UAE sign health cooperation deal, work on vaccine recognition
Jerusalem Post ~ Rossella Tercatin ~ 21/04/2021

The collaboration between Israel and the UAE in the health sector will range from the fight against global pandemics to medical education, including the fields of digital medicine, protection of medical data, use of artificial intelligence, new technologies and public health.

Coronapas: The passport helping Denmark open up after Covid
BBC ~ Adrienne Murray ~ 21/04/2021

The big condition for Danes to take advantage of these new freedoms is that they must prove they are infection-free, by showing a coronapas or corona passport.

Delivering an efficient and affordable healthcare model
Irish Times ~ Danielle Barron ~ 21/04/2021

Ireland is at the forefront of the digital health revolution, having stealthily built up a thriving digital health sector, which operates at the intersection between our thriving IT, medtech and pharma industries.

Amazon's Alexa now helps users find COVID-19 vaccines
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 21/04/2021

Alexa is also programmed to tell users about vaccine availability and eligibility requirements in 85 countries.

Nurses give EHR usability an 'F' in new study
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 20/04/2021

The report also finds that poor electronic health record user-experience is associated with nurse burnout.

Lyft Pass for Healthcare lets patients book their own rides to the doctor
FierceHealthcare ~ Dave Muoio ~ 16/04/2021

Ride-sharing company Lyft is letting patients schedule nonemergency medical transport (NEMT) on health organization's dime with the launch of Lyft Pass for Healthcare.

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