International health IT week in review: August 29

South Africa’s digital systems for vax roll-out, Masimo sues Apple over smartwatch, virtual network for SickKids, demise of Google Health, Wales’ digital pandemic response, WebMD eyes appointments, Microsoft Power Apps misconfiguration

The digital infrastructure behind South Africa’s vaccination roll-out
The Evening Standard ~ Ghazal Abbasi ~ 16/08/2021

From scheduling, registering and recording vaccinations to monitoring supplies and site capacity, the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) is the digital infrastructure underpinning South Africa’s roll-out.

‘Not how a company should behave’: Apple blasted over smartwatch trade secrets
Bloomberg ~ Susan Decker ~ 26/08/2021

Masimo, a manufacturer of signal-processing technology for healthcare monitors, sued Apple in January 2020, accusing it of stealing trade secrets and improperly using Masimo inventions for health monitoring in the Apple Watch.

SickKids launches virtual network with partners
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 25/08/2021

Currently, clinicians across Ontario obtain recommendations and advice for patient care from SickKids’ critical care teams, which include neonatal, paediatric and cardiac intensive care units, using a secure telephone connection.

How digital healthcare supported Wales’ pandemic response
Digital Health News ~ Helen Thomas ~ 24/08/2021

At the onset of the crisis, there was a rapid demand for digital technology to enable vital services to continue to run while reducing face-to-face contact.

Google Health is history, but projects to continue
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 24/08/2021

A Google spokesperson confirmed that the company will indeed dissolve Google Health, though it won’t lay off any employees and plans to continue some of its ongoing projects under different divisions.

WebMD moving from online health information to 'digital front door' for patients
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 24/08/2021

WebMD is making moves to shift from an information website to a health information platform that helps consumers search and schedule appointments with doctors.

Google dismantles health division in strategy overhaul
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 23/08/2021

Google is changing its healthcare strategy and dismantling its health division, according to an Insider report.

Microsoft Power Apps misconfiguration exposes 38 million data records
ZDNet ~ Larry Dignan ~ 23/08/2021

Sensitive data including COVID-19 vaccination statuses, social security numbers and email addresses have been exposed due to weak default configurations for Microsoft Power Apps, according to Upguard.

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