COVID-19 and digital health

Digital health is enabling health and care systems to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak

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Health systems and public health authorities are facing a new pandemic that is affecting individuals and societies. 
 
In this context, EHTEL will seek to update its members and friends on the latest developments in how digital health helps, especially in relation to challenges to the resilience of Europe’s health and care systems
 

 

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Public health emergencies and digital health: Observations from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) disease outbreak 

Health information and digital health solutions are playing a key role in coping with the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Epidemiological surveillance, based on real-world data, together with telemedicine and mobile health applications, are all contributing positively to the resilience of the health service delivery system. What we have invested in digital health in the past is now revealed as crucial. Future investments should certainly take communicable diseases into consideration. Read More 


 

Digital tools against COVID-19:
 

 

 
EUROPE
Digital Brief: Europe’s COVID-19 App Attack
Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com - 2 April 2020
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A coalition of European stakeholders launched a new contact-tracing proximity technology under the project Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT). It analyses bluetooth handshakes that may have been registered between two smartphone users when they come into close proximity with one another. Read More->


 
EUROPE
How stakeholders should push digital health services to fight COVID-19
Ralf-Gordon Jahns - 1 April 2020
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Three groups of stakeholders - first and second line digital health service providers, and enablers - are best positioned to make digital health service offerings an important piece in the puzzle to fight COVID-19. Using what is already available on the market, and building ecosystems of existing solutions that support all stages of the coronavirus patient's journey might be more appropriate than developing something from scratch. Read More-> 

 
ITALY
Italy launches a task force for data use against COVID-19
Ministry for Technological Innovation and Digitization - 31 March 2020
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A multidisciplinary group of experts is working to evaluate and propose data-driven technological solutions for the management of the health, economic and social emergency which is linked to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 
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Helping digitally in the time of COVID-19
Robin Knowles - 26 March 2020
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The “time has come” for the technology sector now that, in the COVID-19 crisis, it is seeing the mass adoption of technology and digital behaviours. In return for this unexpected and rapid move online, the digital sector needs to step up – since it is uniquely placed to leverage that same technology for social benefit and good when we need it most. Read More->


 
BELGIUM
Three Flemish companies launch an application to stem the COVID-19 pandemic
Le Spécialiste - 26 March 2020
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A joint venture of three Flemish technology companies has developed an application to curb the spread of the new coronavirus "faster and more efficiently." Entitled "Flattening The Curve", and available free from next week, the application will warn users of places where there are high levels of infection and encourage them to see a doctor if and when any symptoms of COVID-19 disease appear. Read More-> (In French)

 

 
FRANCE (Opinion article)
Which health system after COVID-19?
Les Echos - 23 March 2020
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How will health care systems look like once COVID-19 is over? The last paragraph of this article is about "Finally adopting telemedicine". It highlights the need to improve health system governance so as to adopt telemedicine as a more usual way of delivering care. Read More-> (In French)

 
 
 

 
GERMANY
Telemedicine reduces the risk of COVID-19 infections
Ärzteschaft - 19 March 2020
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Commenting on the dramatic increase in teleconsultations, Professor Jürgen Debatin, Head of the Health Innovation Hub of the German Federal Ministry of Health, states: "[…] it is above all digital technologies that keep us together as a society in this situation. This also applies to medicine." Patients can communicate via tele-platforms from home with a doctor. Even those who are not allowed to leave home need not feel left alone. Telemedicine reduces the risk of infection for the individual patient, for the practice staff and of course for everyone elseRead More-> (In German)

 
 
 
 

 

GERMANY
Operators of telemedicine platforms report growth rates of over 1,000 percent in the past few days
Ärzteschaft - 16 March 2020

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Most operators offer their platforms currently free of charge. It is estimated that more than 20,000 medical doctors and psychotherapists (10% of office-based practitioners) now offer appointments through video consultation. Online appointments are reimbursed, just like face2face meetings, plus a technology surcharge - provided that one of the 20 platforms certified by the Federal Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) is used. Read More-> (In German)

 

 

BELGIUM
Medical teleconsultation fee fixed to 20 euros by INAMI 
L'avenir - 16 March 2020

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INAMI/RIZIV, the Belgian National Institute of Health Insurance and Disability, has updated its list of reimbursable services (to include medical teleconsultations with retroactive effect from 14 March 2020). The teleconsultation fee for doctors is set at 20 euros, to be entirely covered by INAMI/RIZIV.
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EU
Applications welcome from startups and SMEs with innovative solutions to tackle Coronavirus outbreak

ec.europa.eu - 13 March 2020

The European Commission is calling for startups and SMEs with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing, monitoring or other aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak to apply urgently to the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council. Read More->
 
 
FRANCE
Coronavirus sets off massive telemedicine use in France

FPM – 10 March 2020

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Telemedicine is booming in France by a jump of 40% in a few weeks. So much so that the government has taken up the subject. Health Minister Olivier Véran has announced a decree easing the conditions for the practice of telemedicine. Read More-> (In French)

 

 
 

 
 
UNITED STATES
COVID-19 Telehealth Legislation Update

FPM – 10 March 2020

Last week, Congress passed an $8.3 billion COVID-19 funding package that included a provision to allow telehealth to be more widely used for Medicare beneficiaries during the coronavirus public health emergency period. Read More->

 


 

UNITED STATES
New telemedicine strategies help hospitals address COVID-19

Modern Healthcare – 6 March 2020

 telemedicine iHospitals are urged to expand their use of telemedicine, both within their facilities for infection control and to reach patients at home through video -visits and symptom-checker chatbots. Health insurers are also encouraging expanded telemedicine use and giving providers and patients incentives to use this delivery modelRead More->

 

 

 

ISRAEL
Israeli MDs give free counseling to coronavirus patients worldwide
Abigail Klein Leichman, 1 March 2020

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Physicians from some of Israel’s largest hospitals have volunteered for the Innovation social project geared to helping isolated patients all over the worldRead More->

 
 
 

 

UNITED STATES
Robotic medicine may be the weapon the world needs to combat the coronavirus
CNBC – 26 February 2020

106403250 1582304018128gettyimages 1201647444Telemedicine is playing a key role. Robotic devices and camera technology from companies such as InTouch Health and Zoom Video Communications are being used with coronavirus patients and in broader communication during the crisis. Read More->

 

 
 
ISRAEL
Israel's Sheba Hospital turns to telehealth to treat incoming coronavirus-exposed patients

Jonah Comstock - 19 February 2020

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Datos's remote patient monitoring platform, Tyto Care's connected devices, and a robot from InTouch Health will help the hospital treat and monitor patients in quarantine and at home. Read More->