International health IT week in review: May 23

India’s digital divide, cyber attack paralyses Ireland’s health system, US views on contact tracing, remote control of insulin pumps, Babylon expands US footprint, iPads for ambos, telehealth works for seniors in primary care, Google’s AI for dermatology

Why India's digital divide is hampering vaccine access
Devex ~ Mahima Jain ~ 20/05/2021

The Das family are among the 70 million people who have registered on Co-WIN and are scrambling for unavailable vaccines.


Irish health system struggling to recover from cyberattack
AP ~ Sylvia Hui, Danica Kirka and Frank Bajak ~ 19/05/2021

More than 2,000 patient-facing IT systems were affected, and around 80,000 devices were linked to such systems throughout the health service.


Irish healthcare sector was hit by 2 ransomware attacks
Healthcare Info Security ~ Tony Morbin ~ 17/05/2021

The East European criminal gang "Wizard Spider" that uses Conti ransomware was behind the HSE cyberattack, RTE reports, citing the National Cyber Security Agency.


Many U.S. adults balk at their contact tracing info being used to fight COVID-19
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 20/05/2021

Conservative individuals were less supportive of using digital data to mitigate transmission than moderate or liberal ones.


Alaska health department services affected by malware attack
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 20/05/2021

Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services is the latest in a series of public health departments hit by a cyberattack in recent weeks.


Roche's new mySugar feature lets users control their insulin pump virtually
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 19/05/2021

Roche is adding a new module to its mySugar app, called mySugar Pump Control, that lets users control their Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump virtually.


Babylon continues buying spree with another California-based practice
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 20/05/2021

The company plans to build a service similar to what it offers in the U.K., called “Babylon 360.”


iPads to be dished out to ambulance crews across England
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 18/05/2021

The 30,000 devices will allow ambulance crews to send photographs from the scene of an accident so stroke specialists and other clinicians on standby in emergency departments can get straight to work when the patient arrives at hospital.


Google gives a sneak peek into its new AI dermatology assistant
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 18/05/2021

Google is looking to use artificial intelligence to help patients find answers to dermatology questions using their personal cameras.


Telehealth can be an effective alternative for seniors, study shows
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 18/05/2021

A wide-ranging study published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare this past month found that telehealth can be an effective modality of care for patients over 60, particularly when deployed in the confines of their existing primary care provider.


Full COVID-19 vaccinations to be required for HIMSS21 attendance
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 17/05/2021

Attendees, exhibitors, speakers and staff will need to verify that they're fully vaccinated to gain entry to the HIMSS21 campus in Las Vegas.


Scripps Health network still down, 2 weeks after cyberattack
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 17/05/2021

Scripps has been largely tight-lipped about the details of the attack, with CEO and President Chris Van Gorder describing it in a May 10 internal memo as a cybersecurity incident "with malware placed on our information system."


Irish health service hit by ‘very sophisticated’ ransomware attack
Reuters ~ Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries ~ 15/05/2021

Ireland's health service operator shut down all its IT systems on Friday to protect them from a "significant" ransomware attack, crippling diagnostic services, disrupting COVID-19 testing and forcing hospitals to cancel many appointments.


We will not be paying any ransom' over cyber attack – Taoiseach
RTE ~ Staff writer ~ 14/05/2021

The Minister of State for eGovernment Ossian Smyth said the cyber attack on HSE computer systems was "possibly the most significant cybercrime attack on the Irish State".


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