International health IT week in review: June 27

€500m for Irish ransomware recovery, vaccine passport live in 17 EU countries, Scrips sued over hack, HoloLens for remote surgery, NHS data strategy, EMRs underperform in primary care, digital divide in South Africa, Amazon digital health accelerator

Irish ransomware attack recovery cost estimate: $600 million
Healthcare Info Security ~ Akshaya Asokan ~ 24/06/2021

The recovery costs for the May ransomware attack on Health Service Executive, Ireland's publicly funded healthcare system, is likely to total $600 million, says Paul Reid, HSE's director general.

European Union vaccine passports issued in 17 countries
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 21/06/2021

The vaccine passport (formally known as the EU Digital Green Certificate) provides digital proof whether a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from the virus.

Scripps Health hit by 4 class-action lawsuits on heels of ransomware attack
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 24/06/2021

Scripps Health fell victim to a ransomware attack in early May, as a result of which data of around 147,000 patients was stolen.

Jewish General connects OR to outside experts
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 23/06/2021

By using video over very fast networks, and assisted by Microsoft’s HoloLens headset, surgeons at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal are sharing the operating room with experts in Toronto and potentially any city around the world.

Data strategy: Put NHS patients ‘ahead of demands for profit’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 22/06/2021

Privacy campaigners and patient groups have reacted to the government’s newly published data strategy labelling it a “rush job” and calling for protection of “NHS patients ahead of the demands of those keen to turn a profit”.

Regenstrief study shows EHRs underperforming for primary care
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 22/06/2021

Electronic health records are overloading outpatient docs with info in "disparate files and folders rather than presenting comprehensive, actionable data in a context that gives meaning," say researchers in a VA-funded study.

Epic's widely used sepsis prediction model falls short among Michigan Medicine patients
FierceHealthcare ~ Dave Muoio ~ 22/06/2021

New peer-reviewed data cast doubt on a proprietary sepsis prediction algorithm developed by Epic and implemented at hundreds of hospitals in the U.S.

Patients to get easier access to medical data through NHS App
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 22/06/2021

Patients are set to get easier access to their medication lists and care plans through the NHS App under the government’s new data strategy.

S. Africans battle to bridge digital divide in COVID-19 vaccination race
Reuters ~ Kim Harrisberg ~ 22/06/2021

When Esther Dhlamini went to collect her pension in Johannesburg’s Soweto township, she was surprised to find a local bishop on hand to soothe her fears about COVID-19 vaccination and register her for the jab on his mobile phone.

Amazon launches digital health accelerator with a focus on virtual care, analytics startups
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 21/06/2021

The program will focus on technologies such as remote patient monitoring, data analytics, patient engagement, voice technology and virtual care, according to a blog post from Sandy Carter, vice president of worldwide public sector partners and programs at AWS.

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