International health IT week in review: May 16

Pandemic boost to bottom line, EHRs in Ireland, Japan’s vax roll-out, NHS to trial virtual wards and AI, Mayo and Kaiser invest in hospital in the home, Ethiopia palliative care app, GP data extraction tool, NHS App for COVID passport live, Walmart buys telehealth provider

Digital health startups saw better-than-expected revenue during the pandemic
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 13/05/2021

According to a survey conducted by Catalyst @ Health 2.0, a whopping 41% of digital health companies said their revenue was above expectations last year.

Leaving a paper trail behind
Irish Medical Times ~ Paulie Doyle ~ 11/05/2021

Electronic health records are the norm in many European countries – so why is the Irish health service still using paper?

Japan set to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine program for elderly
The Diplomat ~ Thisanka Siripala ~ 13/05/2021

The lack of a digital reservation system saw many vaccines discarded due to no-shows or sudden cancellations.

Virtual wards and AI form part of £160m NHSE funding boost
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 13/05/2021

Over the next three months their patients are set to benefit from trials of virtual wards and home assessments, 3D eye scanners, at-home antibiotic kits, AI in GP surgeries and ‘Super Saturday’ clinics of multi-disciplinary teams joining forces at the weekend to offer more specialist appointments.

Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente to scale up hospital-at-home efforts with $100M investment
FierceHealthcare ~ Dave Muoio ~ 13/05/2021

Medically Home installs a suite of communications devices, remote patient monitoring devices, emergency response systems and other supplies such as durable medical equipment in a patient’s home so that providers can treat high-acuity patients outside of the costly hospital setting.

A new app is providing vital palliative care in Ethiopia
Healthcare Global ~ Leila Hawkins ~ 13/05/2021

The majority of Ethiopia's 114 million people live in rural locations where access to palliative care is difficult, and there is only one hospice in the entire country.

NHS Digital announces new primary care data collection service
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 12/05/2021

For the last ten years NHS Digital has been collecting data from GPs via the General Practice Extraction Service but it is now to be replaced with their new General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service.

Electronic repeat dispensing code saves GPs more than 90,000 hours
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 11/05/2021

That list is now available to every GP in England to help them identify patients suitable for eRD quicker.

NHS App to be used as Covid-19 passport from May 17
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 07/05/2021

Brits wanting to travel overseas will be able to use their NHS App as a Covid-19 passport from 17 May, the transport secretary has announced.

To compete, Walmart had to acquire telehealth business
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 07/05/2021

Walmart is buying telehealth provider MeMD, adding virtual urgent care and therapy visits. Walmart said the deal would complement the in-person health centers it is building in some of its stores.

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