International health IT week in review: August 8

AI and COVID-19, digital health app overload, EMRs and the pandemic, Telstra Health’s UK division, Japan’s vaccine passport, mHealth in Africa, Google Cloud healthcare interoperability solution, predicting COVID surges, Ireland’s vaccine certificate

Hundreds of AI tools have been built to catch covid. None of them helped.
MIT Technology Review ~ Will Douglas Heaven ~ 30/07/2021

Some have been used in hospitals, despite not being properly tested. But the pandemic could help make medical AI better.

Digital health app market booming, finds IQVIA report
Medical Device Network ~ Chloe Kent ~ 05/08/2021

However, the average quality of these products was found to be middling, with the report advising careful selection by consumers.

Epic leader talks EHRs, and how they're helping with COVID-19 vaccination efforts
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 05/08/2021

An implementation executive discusses how Epic's electronic health records are verifying vaccination status, non-traditional vaccination settings, data modernization and how QR codes are helping.

New head of Telstra Health UK won’t ‘just push paper around’
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 04/08/2021

Sharp has been brought in as the new lead for Telstra Health’s UK division as the Australian company looks to invest in the UK health sector.

Japan vaccine passport struggles to open doors without reciprocity
Nikkei Asia ~ Kotaro Sugimoto ~ 04/08/2021

Japan's new vaccine passports exempting Japanese travelers from entry restrictions have been slow to gain wide acceptance as the government hesitates to reciprocate the privilege to other countries.

Zuri is improving access to healthcare in Africa with technology
TechCabal ~ Michael Ajifowoke ~ 03/08/2021

Increasing mobile penetration and a thriving tech startup scene give hopes that technology can make a big impact in improving access to medical care in Africa.

What Google Cloud learned about interoperability from Mayo Clinic
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 02/08/2021

Google is piloting its healthcare data engine, a tool intended to build longitudinal patient records and pull in data from multiple sources.

Google Cloud launches healthcare interoperability solution
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 30/07/2021

Healthcare Data Engine is an end-to-end solution for healthcare and life sciences organisations that collect data from multiple sources, including medical records, clinical trials, and research data.

Kaiser Permanente creates tool to predict upcoming Covid-19 surges
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 30/07/2021

Called the Covid Hotspotting Score, the tool brings together 10 indicators that can help health systems predict the possibility of a Covid-19 surge up to six weeks ahead of time.

Online self-service portal for Digital Covid Cert queries opens
The Irish Times ~ Vivienne Clarke ~ 30/07/2021

The self-service portal will enable members of the public to request changes to their Covid cert; request that it be emailed to them; check the status of their cert where it has not yet been received; and continue to request a certificate of recovery.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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