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International health IT week in review: August 15

Written by Kate McDonald on 15 August 2021.

Delhi’s digital health cards, NHS app’s pingdemic, managing the cost of cyberattacks, COVID-19 misinformation and Facebook, Accenture hit by cyberattack, US telemedicine fraud, Bluetooth patient tracking, Dedalus in the cloud, joining up health records

Delhi health info management system to be launched next year
Hindustan Times ~ Staff writer ~ 13/08/2021

The HIMS project envisages digital health cards for each patient – essentially be a QR code-based system – that will keep a record of details such as health checkups, follow-ups, surgeries, medications and vaccinations.

NHS Covid-19 app engineer talks updates, the ‘pingdemic’ and data
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 12/08/2021

The update, which will come into effect on Monday (August 16), will mean those who are double jabbed won’t have to isolate if they are ‘pinged’ by the app.

Why did a clinic notify all patients, employees of attack?
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 12/08/2021

Houston-based practice Gastroenterology Consultants notified all 162,000 of its patients and employees that their sensitive information had potentially been compromised in a January ransomware attack, saying it would have been too time-consuming and costly to pinpoint exactly which individuals had data exposed.

Facebook bans accounts for COVID-19 vaccine misinformation
MobiHealthNews ~ Emily Olsen ~ 11/08/2021

The report found the misinformation network was tied to Fazze, a subsidiary of a U.K.-registered marketing firm, but operations were conducted in Russia. It targeted users in India, Latin America and to a lesser extent the U.S.

Accenture hit by apparent ransomware attack
Healthcare Info Security ~ Doug Olenick ~ 11/08/2021

The consultancy Accenture, which offers cybersecurity services, confirmed Wednesday it had been hit by a cyber incident. The ransomware gang LockBit took credit for the attack.

More fraud, tax evasion charges for telemedicine operator tied to $784M scheme
FierceHealthcare ~ Dave Muoio ~ 11/08/2021

The owner of multiple telemedicine companies has again been indicted by a federal grand jury for quarterbacking and concealing one of the largest Medicare fraud and kickback schemes pursued by the Department of Justice.

Dedalus migrates NHS EPR customers to the cloud
Digital Health News ~ Cora Lydon ~ 10/08/2021

Dedalus has moved six of its NHS EPR customers to the cloud – with a further 14 NHS trusts set to migrate and go live by the autumn.

East Kent University NHS FT pilots Bluetooth tech to track patients
Digital Health News ~ Cora Lydon ~ 09/08/2021

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has become the first trust in the country to use a Bluetooth patient tracking system to improve surgical performance.

After losing his sister to cancer, a former Apple exec wants to make it easier for patients to get their health records
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 08/08/2021

“An API can’t pull out of a database… that which it doesn’t have in the database in the first place.”

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The update, which will come into effect on Monday (August 16), will mean those who are double jabbed won’t have to isolate if they are ‘pinged’ by the app.


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