International health IT week in review: July 11

Digital health firms raise $14.7b, EU’s digital COVID certificate, India’s national digital health mission, India’s Co-WIN app, wellness programs fail, recording long COVID in GP software, useless MRI scans on CD, DICOM vulnerabilities, Scotland’s Covid vaccine history

Digital health companies smash another funding record, raising $14.7B in first half of the year
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 06/07/2021

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, more investors have turned their attention to digital health companies. So far, the trend doesn’t seem to be letting up.

EU Digital COVID Certificate under fire for 'inequalities in access'
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 06/07/2021

The EUDCC, which came into force on 1 July, allows unrestricted travel for EU citizens and third country nationals legally staying or resident in the EU, who have had Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca-Oxford or Johnson & Johnson vaccinations.

Digital health: Unifying the care ecosystem in India
Times of India ~ Ambati Venu ~ 08/07/2021

The move towards standards-based digital systems via the National Digital Health Mission will be a significant step forward in this direction.

In another blow to workplace wellness programs, study finds no improvement in health outcomes, cost
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 08/07/2021

Companies offering these programs have raised billions of dollars, promising everything from improved outcomes to reduced healthcare spending, but with little evidence.

Long covid cases are underreported in GP records, research suggests
BMJ ~ Jacqui Wise ~ 08/07/2021

The study found that the rate of long covid recorded among practices using EMIS software was 53.7 per 100 000 people compared with 20.9 per 100 0000 in practices using TPP software.

Patient sues private MRI clinic for $1,500 after doctors couldn't open 'useless' computer file
Vancouver Sun ~ Susan Lazaruk ~ 27/06/2021

A $1,200 MRI at a private clinic turned out to be “useless” for a B.C. man because his doctors couldn’t download the digital data, so he sued the Richmond clinic to try to get his money back.

India to build on success of Co-WIN system to create national digital health programme
Business Today ~ Joe C Mathew ~ 05/07/2021

India will build on the success of its Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) application to create a National Digital Health Programme in near future, RS Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority (NHA) has said.

HHS warns health systems of PACS security vulnerabilities
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 06/07/2021

The agency says the DICOM standard used by picture archiving communication systems is open to exploitation when connected to the internet, and that providers should act now to patch at-risk PACS.

Covid-19 vaccine status added to personal health records in Scotland
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 02/07/2021

The Scottish government has struck a deal with Orion Health to enable health and care workers to access a person’s Covid vaccine history.

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