International health IT week in review: September 12

Will Apple succeed where Google and Microsoft failed? health tech for low-resource countries, vax passport news for Thailand, Italy, Canada and England, Babylon expands in Rwanda, vulnerabilities in infusion pumps, telehealth use continues to drop, COVID-19 tracking apps

After Google, Microsoft struck out, can Apple get people to use its health records feature?
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 06/09/2021

Apple has integrated with 700 providers for its health records app. But it faces a similar challenge to other health records projects that have failed in the past: patient uptake.

WHO releases new compendium of innovative health technologies for Covid-19, other priority diseases
eHealth ~ eHealth staff ~ 07/09/2021

Many of the new technologies that have come to market are unaffordable or unsuitable for low- and middle-income countries.

Digital Health Pass for domestic flights
Bangkok Post ~ Apinya Wipatayotin ~ 09/09/2021

A so-called Digital Health Pass will become part of the Mor Prom vaccine app so it can be used by domestic flight passengers.

Italy set to make Covid ‘green pass’ mandatory in more workplaces
The Local ~ Staff writer ~ 08/09/2021

The Italian government is this week drawing up a new decree containing a requirement for employees in certain workplaces to show proof of vaccination, testing or recovery at workplaces under the certificazione verde or ‘green pass’ scheme.

Babylon looks to expand health services to Rwandans without cellphones
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 08/09/2021

The company is broadening its work with Rwanda’s National ID Agency (NIDA) in order to help patients register and access medical appointments.

Telehealth visits fall from pandemic highs
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 09/09/2021

They made up 4.5% of total claims in June, according to a report by FAIR Health, compared to 13% of claims in April of 2020.

After traveling nurses quit, hospital blames lack of EHR familiarity
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 08/09/2021

The reason, according to hospital officials quoted in local outlet the Times-Standard, concerned a lack of familiarity with the hospital's electronic health record.

Quebec’s vaccine passport a possible national model
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 08/09/2021

That standard, known as the SMART Health Card, is also being used for vaccine passports in New York state, Louisiana and California.

How infusion pump security flaws can mess with drug dosing
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 07/09/2021

Five security vulnerabilities in commonly used infusion pump products from B. Braun Medical Inc. could collectively allow malicious actors to dangerously modify the dose of medicines delivered to patients.

Majority of healthcare orgs conducting less than 20% of visits virtually
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 07/09/2021

The report sought to identify trends in virtual care utilization amidst the recent months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two data leaks reported in Indonesia's COVID-19 tracking apps
Healthcare Info Security ~ Soumik Ghosh ~ 07/09/2021

The personal data of at least 1.3 million Indonesian residents, stored on two government-developed COVID-19 tracking apps, PeduliLindungi and eHAC, has been leaked online, according to security researchers.

Covid passports for events set to begin in England this month
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 06/09/2021

Covid passports are set to begin in England with proof of vaccination for nightclubs and other venues needed by the end of the month, the vaccines minister has confirmed.

GCHQ powers to access NHS IT systems is extended
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 03/09/2021

Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) was granted additional powers by former health secretary, Matt Hancock, in April 2020 in order to allow the organisation to request anything “relating to the security of any network and information system”.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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