International health IT week in review: June 13

Hospital pays ransom, app to support long Covid, Germany’s digital vax certificate, UK defence medical information systems, Facebook wearable, Epic telehealth in 200 languages, NHS delays GP data sharing, bots promote Covid misinformation, Walmart extends telehealth offering

Hospital pays ransom in exchange for promised data destruction
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 07/06/2021

The recent decision by a Massachusetts-based hospital to pay a ransom in exchange for promises by the attackers to destroy stolen data spotlights the difficult choices and pressure many healthcare entities are facing in the wake of cyberattacks.


Mobile app for long Covid launched in 27 NHS trusts
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 09/06/2021

A mobile app and clinical website to support people living with long Covid has been launched in 27 NHS trusts.


German pharmacies to start offering digital vaccine certificates
The Local ~ Staff writer ~ 09/06/2021

This will contain a code which can then be scanned into a smartphone and transferred to an app. Results of Covid-19 tests or proof of recovery from a coronavirus infection can also be stored on the app.


Ministry of Defence selects InterSystems to deliver on interoperability
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 10/06/2021

The HealthShare unified care record will form centre of the new Defence Medical Information Systems and InterSystems IRIS for Health will allow the MoD to develop new Healthcare functionality rapidly as new requirements arise in the future.


Facebook plans first smartwatch for next summer with two cameras, heart rate monitor
The Verge ~ Alex Heath ~ 09/06/2021

It plans to also position the watch as a fitness device with a heart rate monitor.


Mount Sinai eases translation in 200 languages through its Epic telehealth platform
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 09/06/2021

The New York health system integrates Language Line Solutions, Epic and Caregility to deliver telemedicine to its widely diverse patient population.


GP Data for Planning and Research implementation date moved to Sept
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 08/06/2021

On May 12, NHS Digital issued a Data Provision Notice to GPs to enable GPDPR to begin from 1 July 2021 with the aim of giving planners and researchers faster access to pseudonymised patient information.


Study: Bots amplified pandemic misinformation on social media
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 07/06/2021

Bots may have played a significant role in circulating misinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.


Walmart signals plans to offer telehealth in 16 more states
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 07/06/2021

Instead, the preparation regards the retail giant's pending acquisition of telehealth vendor MeMD earlier this year.


Apple adds feature to share health data with doctors, loved ones
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 07/06/2021

Apple is adding a feature that would allow people to share their health data with trusted contacts, such as their doctor or a family member. For example, they could share heart rate data collected by an Apple Watch.


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