Top 5 National Examples In Digital Health

It was on November 21st that I was last in Copenhagen, not to have some of that famous Æbleflæsk but to moderate an OECD event. I was tasked to challenge health ministers and other policy makers about the impact of advanced technologies on patients’ lives and what regulations would facilitate these changes. It was encouraging to see country leaders take a positive stance towards digital health and to hear about concrete examples as to how they are implementing technology to modify their local healthcare landscape. This experience served as an inspiration to write this article. In it we will highlight the most notable initiatives pertaining to digital health around the world by country. Privacy first When it comes to digitizing health records, one of the main concerns, and rightfully so, is the issue of privacy and security over one’s data. Those sensitive data are the reason hospitals are such an attractive target for ransomwares which make headlines way more often than we would like them to. As such, robust measures need to be put in place while implementing digitized solutions in healthcare. Source: https://pennyinsuranceagency.com/ Germany, in its bid to become a leader in digital health, is doubling down on those concerns. The county’s health ministry aims to bring electronic health records to all insured patients by 2021, with a focus on data privacy and security as the government will also introduce a law regarding ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Healthcare Policy digital health Medicine technology healthcare design Source Type: blogs

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Source: Molecular Metabolism - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Pharmaceutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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Source: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Current Dermatology Reports - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
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Source: Health Affairs Blog - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Costs and Spending Health Professionals Organization and Delivery Quality clinical research patient use of evidence venture philanthropy Source Type: blogs
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Source: Policy and Medicine - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
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Source: DB's Medical Rants - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Medical Rants Source Type: blogs
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Source: International Journal of Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Authors: Tags: Report Source Type: research
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