UAE authorises emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine for frontline health workers

Emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine has been given the go-ahead in the United Arab Emirates, it has been announced.  Currently undergoing Phase III clinical trials, the vaccine is being made optionally available to healthcare workers on the frontlines in the Gulf country after showing promising results so far, confirmed the UAE’s Minister of Health and Prevention. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed […]

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COVID-19 has pushed digital health forward, but challenges still persist

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen unprecedented impact on global level, not just on an economic scale but also putting health systems around the world on their limits. At the opening panel of the HIMSS & Health 2.0 Europe Digital Conference titled Leveraging Digital Health to Predict, Prevent and Manage Future Health Crises, moderator Hal Wolf, President & CEO, HIMSS, together […]

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Roundup: Scotland announces contact tracing launch date, NHS London NW trust adopts digital workflow and more briefs

COVID-19 ACCELERATES NHS DIGITAL HEALTHCARE A new report has highlighted the speed of adoption for new technology across healthcare providers since the onset of COVID-19. Breaking down provider barriers and a rapid increase in trust in digital consultations have stood out as being two key contributors. The report also highlighted the priorities, as identified by 150 senior leaders surveyed, for […]

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Lessons from Taiwan’s Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in tackling COVID-19

According to an article by Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Taiwan has managed to prevent the coronavirus from heavily impacting its 23 million citizens due to using tech such as big data analytics to generate real-time alerts from the integration of health insurance data base with its immigration and customs database, as well as putting into place a […]

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How telehealth is starting to reshape primary care delivery

At Columbia, South Carolina-based Prisma Health, “we’re on a journey pursuing aspects of digital health,” said Dr. Mark Wess, the health system’s vice president and chief health information executive. “The asynchronous virtual visit for primary care is one of those.” For Prisma Health – which is now the biggest not-for-profit health organization in the state, following the 2017 merger of […]

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VA establishes new National Artificial Intelligence Institute

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched the National Artificial Intelligence Institute, with the aim of boosting the health and wellness of veterans through advanced AI and machine learning technologies. WHY IT MATTERS The institute will incorporate feedback from veterans and other partners across federal agencies, industry, nonprofits and academia, said VA officials. The goal is to “prioritize and […]

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Atrium Health merges SDOH data into its Cerner EHR to improve care, trim costs

Since the 1980s, social determinants of health have been examined from more of an academic and research perspective. Evidence-based literature suggests social and economic factors such as income, ZIP code, access to transportation, language, genetics, diet, cultural beliefs and education all influence a person’s overall health. In the past five years or so, health systems have begun to pay attention […]

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HHS announces interoperability innovation awardees for FHIR scalability, patient engagement

Two interoperability projects will get a funding boost from the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects in Health Information Technology, or LEAP in Health IT program, launched by the The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information IT. WHY IT MATTERS The LEAP in Health IT awardees will get address fast emerging and future challenges to advance the development and use […]

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Implementation best practices: Getting pop health off the ground

Increasingly, healthcare provider organizations across the country are launching population health management programs to improve health, enhance care delivery, trim costs and contend with the growing demands of value-based care. But healthcare leaders cannot begin to get into population health without their CIOs and other health IT professionals effectively deploying information technology to support these programs. There’s a lot of […]

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Intermountain launches new spinoff with focus on value-based care

Intermountain Healthcare has launched a new healthcare company with the aim of helping providers, payers, accountable care organizations and others manage the challenges of value-based reimbursement. WHY IT MATTERS The new company, named Castell, seeks to help these organizations speed their transition from volume to value-based care, with analytics, decision support and other innovative tools hatched at Intermountain. Rajesh Shrestha, […]

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