Digital Health news round-up for October

Every month, Telstra Health will be sharing a round-up of the noteworthy digital health news from throughout the month.

In October, digital health solutions for managing the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts were behind a number of interesting headlines across the industry. From discussions on digital health passports for encouraging COVID-safe international travel and the latest figures on telehealth uptake, to a government callout for a single digital patient record - here are the top stories for October within the digital health sphere.

Our 11 most valuable digital health tech companies, Medical Republic (9 October 2020)

Medical Republic applied a market dynamic score to digital health technology companies and ranked Telstra Health as the second most valuable organisation in the list.  Available here. 

Tim Kelsey to leave HIMSS for top job at PKS Holdings, Pulse+IT (6 October 2020)

A key move in the industry this month revolved around former CEO of Australian Digital Health Agency Tim Kelsey who has been appointed the new CEO of ASX-listed PKS Holdings (formerly referred to as Pacific Knowledge Systems). Available here

England's little Excel problem, Pulse+IT (9 October 2020)

A clinical health information exchange (CHIE) platform has been developed to connect specialist clinical systems and other solutions such as Telstra Health’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) used at Northern Beaches Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital into the single digital patient record (SDPR). Available here. 

NSW Health goes to market for statewide single digital health record, ITNews (9 October 2020)

Continuing the rhetoric on a SDPR, NSW Health has approached the digital health market for a solution to replace the state’s fragmented line-up of core clinical and laboratory information management systems. Available here. 

Airlines are testing a new COVID-19 digital health pass so passengers can easily prove they have tested negative for coronavirus, Business Insider (10 October 2020)

A digital health passport may be in our midst with the news of CommonPass, a digital certificate that can be downloaded to passenger’s phones to prove they have tested negative for the coronavirus. Commonpass is backed by The World Economic Forum and has been made available by selected airlines. Available here. 

Surge in telehealth services, Western Sydney Business Access (10 October 2020)

Telehealth appears to be the preferred digital health solution for many in Western Sydney, with figures showing phone or video consultations have been found effective in managing the health of around 72,000 people diagnosed with diabetes in the area. Available here. 

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