International health IT week in review: August 1

Germany to adopt open source instant messaging tool, IBM’s blockchain-based vaccine passport, European comparison on vax passes, NHS allows patients to see who is accessing their data, WHO warns of AI risks, DVA slows Cerner EHR down, stolen PHI buys SUVs, Fujitsu launches Epic in the Cloud

Germany's healthcare system is using this open source standard for encrypted instant messaging
ZDNet ~ Daphne Leprince-Ringuet ~ 23/07/2021

The entire healthcare system in Germany, from hospitals through clinics and insurance companies, will switch to this homegrown communication and collaboration network, which was hailed as a milestone in the country's digital transformation.


More than 450 airlines can now use IBM’s blockchain-based vaccine passport
Quartz ~ Anne Quito ~ 23/07/2021

As international travel ramps up in parts of the world, Amadeus, a reservation system used by 474 airlines, has adopted IBM’s digital health passport solution called IBM Digital Health Pass.


How is Germany using Covid health passes compared to other European countries?
The Local/AFP ~ Staff writer ~ 28/07/2021

Countries across Europe are extending the use of so called vaccine passports or health passes to allow for entry into bars, cultural sites or sporting events, but some countries are employing them more than others.


Covid passport app launched in Northern Ireland this week
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 29/07/2021

The Department of Health has launched CovidCertNI to make it easier for people to access their Covid pass and eliminating the need to request a paper copy which can take up to several days.


NHS Digital gives patients easier access to who uses their data
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 27/07/2021

A tool that makes it easier for patients to see which organisations can access their data has been launched by NHS Digital.


WHO warns about the risks of AI for healthcare
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 28/07/2021

A World Health Organisation (WHO) report has cautioned against overestimating the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) for health at the expense of core investments and strategies to achieve universal health coverage.


VA will stop Cerner EHR rollouts until next year
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 28/07/2021

The Department of Veterans Affairs will not continue to deploy its Cerner electronic health record at any more sites for at least the next six months, officials said.


System C buys medicines management specialist WellSky
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 26/07/2021

System C described the acquisition as highly strategic and said it would integrate Wellsky into its Careflow cloud EPR suite, including clinical collaboration, care planning, electronic observations and patient flow.


Accused EHR hacker sentenced to 30 months in prison
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 26/07/2021

Prosecutors say Amanda Lowry and two codefendants used proceeds from stolen patient info to buy SUVs and jet skis.


Fujitsu launches solution which supports cloud-based Epic EPRs
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 23/07/2021

Healthcare organisations looking to deploy Epic have the option to run the electronic patient record (EPR) in the cloud via Fujitsu’s Epic in the Cloud.


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