International health IT week in review: October 31

NHS app takes off, appointment booking system hacked, tech not enough for long-term care, US grapples with telehealth payment regulations, Amazon’s Alexa in health and aged care, £2bn for digital NHS, REvil ransomware taken down

Almost 28 million people in England are now registered with NHS login
Digital Health News ~ Cora Lydon ~ 25/10/2021

The online service is managed by NHS Digital and gives registered users a secure single point of access to 45 apps and e-health services.

Vendor partner responsible for Fullerton Health data breach
Healthcare Info Security ~ Sumik Ghosh ~ 28/10/2021

Singapore-based healthcare firm Fullerton Health has confirmed that a security breach incident at Agape Connecting People - a vendor that helps the company manage patient appointments and bookings - resulted in the data leak of its customers' personal information.

Apps, devices not enough to manage chronic care without patient-doc relationships
FierceHealthcare ~ Rebecca Torrance ~ 26/10/2021

For most chronic conditions, relying solely on apps and their engagement functions, like push notifications, for long-term health improvements is simply “not enough.”

Primary care docs strained by vaccine hesitancy, potential telehealth rollback as COVID-19 pandemic drags on
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan Kreimer ~ 26/10/2021

If pre-pandemic payment regulations are reinstituted, 41% of clinicians fear their practice won’t be able to offer virtual care.

Amazon brings Alexa devices to hospitals, assisted living
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 25/10/2021

The company has struck partnerships with properties owned by Cedars-Sinai, BayCare and others, and is looking to build out some healthcare-specific features, such as medication management.

Budget boost of £2bn planned for digital overhaul of NHS
Healthcare IT News ~ Fiona Keating ~ 25/10/2021

The plans include introducing digital systems for healthcare organisations which have not previously used them, restocking and updating old technology, improving cybersecurity and expanding the use of shared digital care records.

REvil revelations: law enforcement behind disruptions
Healthcare Info Security ~ Mathew J Schwartz ~ 22/10/2021

The outages of the notorious REvil - aka Sodinokibi - ransomware operation have been due to a coordinated law enforcement effort involving the U.S. and foreign partners, aimed at disrupting the group's attack capabilities, Reuters reports.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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