International health IT week in review: May 30

Digital passport gets the go-ahead in EU, telehealth and fraud, Scripps ransomware attack, Irish cyber attack, audio-only telemedicine, NHS app for Covid, increase in cyber attacks on healthcare systems

Full steam ahead for adoption of EU digital green cert
Irish Examiner ~ Daniel McConnell ~ 25/05/2021

EU leaders have agreed to adopt the European digital cert and called for its “rapid implementation” at the latest summit in Brussels, which will allow “free movement within the EU”.

DOJ charges telehealth executives, doctors with exploiting COVID-19 to rake up $143M in fraud
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 27/05/2021

The Department of Justice (DOJ) charged 14 people, including telehealth executives and physicians, for alleged healthcare fraud schemes that exploited the COVID-19 pandemic and resulted in over $143 million in false billings.

Scripps CEO says attack was ransomware
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 26/05/2021

Nearly four weeks after a security incident that led to a network outage at Scripps Health, President and CEO Chris Van Gorder confirmed that the attack involved ransomware.

10 days after ransomware attack, Irish health system struggling
ABC News ~ Alice Chambers and Patrick Reevell ~ 25/05/2021

Honan believes the gang likely realized Ireland wouldn't pay the ransom and was making progress in recovering its files and so they made a cynical decision to hand over the key.

House reps seek to permanently safeguard audio-only telehealth coverage
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 25/05/2021

A bipartisan bill introduced this week would allow providers to offer audio-only telemedicine services to Medicare enrollees.

More than one million people download NHS App for Covid-19 passport
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 24/05/2021

More than one million people have downloaded the NHS App since Covid-19 passports were launched on the service.

Irish government ‘aware’ stolen health data may be made public
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 24/05/2021

The Irish government has confirmed it is aware there is risk health data stolen in an on-going cyber attack “may be abused by criminals”.

FBI warns of Conti ransomware attacks targeting U.S. healthcare networks
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 24/05/2021

The agency said it had identified at least 16 incidents over the last year aimed at healthcare and first responder systems.

NZ firm helps Irish health service recover from ransomware attack ~ Tom Pullar-Strecker ~ 23/05/2021

Authorities in Ireland have turned to a tool provided free-of-charge by Nelson-based cyber-security company Emsisoft to help the Irish health service recover from a devastating ransomware attack.

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