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International health IT week in review: February 7


Written by Kate McDonald on .

Covid booking systems live in South Africa, Egypt and Lebanon, digital vaccination passports for Sweden and Denmark, India’s digital health IDs, UK needs interoperability standards registry, audio-only telehealth exclusion, drones for Covid vax, EMR usability, pandemic privacy

South Africa’s electronic booking system for Covid vaccines is now online
Daily Maverick ~ Estelle Ellis ~ 04/02/2021

More than 34,000 health workers had already registered on the platform and while people not working as health workers can register, they will be excluded from Phase 1 of the vaccination roll-out.


Sweden to introduce digital vaccine certificates this summer
Bloomberg ~ Rafaela Lindeberg ~ 04/02/2021

Sweden plans to roll out a “digital vaccination certificate” and has tasked three government agencies to develop the infrastructure to handle the relevant personal data.


Denmark to develop digital passport proving vaccinations
AAP ~ Jan M Olsen ~ 04/02/2021

Denmark’s government said it is joining forces with businesses to develop a digital passport that would show whether people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, allowing them to travel and help ease restrictions on public life.


6.3 lakh digital health IDs generated
The Tribune ~ Aditi Tandon ~ 05/02/2021

India has taken the first steps towards digitisation of citizens’ health records with 630,000 digital health IDs generated so far.


UK trade group calls for single interoperability standards registry
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 04/02/2021

It calls for the Department of Health and Social Care to centrally mandate, assess, and enforce the use of interoperability standards through NHSX and NHS Digital, and collate a single, searchable interoperability standards registry.


New Hampshire lawmakers push to roll back telehealth coverage
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 04/02/2021

The bill would exclude audio-only services from the definition of telemedicine and target payment parity for virtual services.


Role of medical drones in global Covid vaccine campaign is growing
CNBC ~ Riley de Leon ~ 04/02/2021

Zipline, the California-based drone start-up that delivers critical medical supplies in countries like Ghana and Rwanda, is pursuing a larger role in the Covid-19 global vaccine effort and taking on one of the trickiest logistical challenges: cold-chain storage.


Post-implementation EHR usability still a ‘significant challenge’
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 03/02/2021

A paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association this past week found that, while electronic health record vendors have demonstrated promising levels of advancement, EHR usability continues to be a major hurdle after implementation.


Democrats propose bill to protect privacy, data security amid growing use of pandemic-related tech
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 02/02/2021

As the use of technology proliferates during the Covid-19 pandemic, concerns rise about privacy and health data security.


Internet phone system for vaccination booking developed by X-on
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 01/02/2021

X-on has developed a softphone (a software program for making telephone calls over the internet) version of its cloud-based Surgery Connect healthcare phone system to enable primary care networks (PCNs) to provide patients with a single dedicated number and support process for booking an appointment at community vaccination hubs.


Egypt and Lebanon launch online registration systems for COVID-19 vaccine
Healthcare IT News ~ Rachel McArthur ~ 29/01/2021

Lebanon’s portal launched yesterday, with registration not only open to Lebanese citizens, but also to Palestinian and Syrian refugees. At the time of launch, the website is said to have received approximately 2,000 visitors every five minutes.






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