International health IT week in review: October 24

New York’s Excelsior vaccine passport, FHIR APIs vulnerable to hacking, France’s digital health space, US national patient ID, diabetes data in smartwatches, Scotland makes digital solutions free, Israel urges hospitals to print out medical files, mHealth for blood pressure

How New York overengineered its million-dollar vaccine passport
Recode ~ Rebecca Heilweil ~ 21/10/2021

Not many businesses are using the Excelsior Pass’s signature feature: a scannable QR code that can quickly verify customers’ vaccination status by checking state records.

Security flaws in health apps, APIs potentially put millions of patient records at risk, report finds
FierceHealthcare ~ Rebecca Torrance ~ 20/10/2021

Third-party apps and aggregators that pull data from electronic health record systems may be vulnerable to hacks, putting millions of patient and clinician records at risk, a new report found.

People in France to get new online health space from January 2022
The Connexion ~ Joanna York ~ 20/10/2021

All residents affiliated to France’s state healthcare system will have access to a new online health space from January 1, 2022, containing a calendar of medical appointments, prescriptions and test results.

Searches for digital health products surged 343% during UK lockdown
MobiHealthNews ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 20/10/2021

ORCHA study found musculoskeletal and physiotherapy apps were most popular.

Healthcare groups cheer Senate progress on national patient ID
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 20/10/2021

Health industry stakeholders are applauding the move – and pushing for more progress toward solving this longstanding interoperability challenge.

Critical flaws found in interoperability backbone: FHIR APIs vulnerable to abuse
SC Magazine ~ Jessica Davis ~ 18/10/2021

Health care Fast Healthcare Interoperability and Resources APIs are vulnerable to abuse by compromised apps and automated scripts, even those designed in accordance to FHIR guidelines, according to new report from Approov, based on research from cybersecurity researcher Alissa Knight.

Healthcare FHIR’d up: Addressing security flaws in the API, app ecosystem
SC Magazine ~ Jessica Davis ~ 18/10/2021

The FHIR standard itself was not being questioned by the research; the vulnerabilities were caused by the data aggregators and app developers.

Study shows promise of mobile apps, connected devices to help patients manage hypertension
FierceHealthcare ~ Rebecca Torrance ~ 18/10/2021

A combination mobile app and at-home blood pressure cuff helped patients with hypertension decrease their blood pressure over three years, a new study found.

Garmin becomes first to integrate real-time Dexcom diabetes data into smartwatches
MobiHealthNews ~ Emily Olsen ~ 15/10/2021

Garmin’s new apps allow people using the Dexcom G6 CGM to see glucose levels and trends on their smartwatch.

Digital therapeutics part of NHS Scotland services in ‘world-first’ deal
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 15/10/2021

Scotland is the first country in the world to implement fully digital solutions to provide help for anxiety and insomnia at no cost to the user.

Cambridge University Hospitals recognised as national digital leader
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 14/10/2021

GDE accreditation is given to NHS organisations that deliver improvements to quality of care through the world-class use of digital technologies and information.

Israel on heightened alert after hospital hit with ransomware attack
Times of Israel ~ Emanuel Fabian ~ 13/10/2021

Separately, the Health Ministry, in a letter to hospitals around the country, urged them to print out patients’ medical files amid the fear of more cyberattacks.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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