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The proposed methodology can lead to vastly less uncertain predictions for the spread of the disease, thus improving estimates of the effective reproduction number and the future number of unreported infections. This information can provide timely and systematic guidance for the effective identification of infectious individuals and for decision-making regarding lockdown measures and the distribution of vaccines.
Digital contact tracing is an effective complementary tool for controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Continued technical improvement and international compatibility can further increase the efficacy, particularly also across country borders.
Attitudes and acceptance of patients undergoing visceral surgery towards an open access electronic medical record – a Swiss-German single-centre study
The question of whether patients should have electronic access to their data has become one of the key topics under discussion.
The objective of this article is to review the interaction of data protection law and biomedical research with a predominant focus on the Swiss context.
Medication errors are among the most common medical adverse events and an important cause of patient morbidity and mortality, affecting millions of people worldwide each year. This problem is especially acute in paediatric settings, where most drugs given intravenously to children are provided in vials prepared for the adult population.
Digital health and the COVID-19 epidemic: an assessment framework for apps from an epidemiological and legal perspective
Building on an existing trustworthiness checklist for digital health applications, the authors searched the literature and developed a framework to guide the assessment of smartphone and web-based applications that aim to contribute to controlling the current epidemic or mitigating its effects.
Disrupted healthcare systems and the need for physical distancing seem to open a window of opportunity for a broader exposure to telehealth solutions, many of which might have the potential to improve care long after the pandemic passes.
The fact that some health insurers’ data-sharing apps are based on the monitoring of individual behaviour and the sharing of health-related sensitive personal information raises legal and ethical concerns.
Overuse of antimicrobial prophylaxis in low-risk patients undergoing transurethral resection of the prostate
Adherence to antimicrobial prophylaxis recommendations of the European Association of Urology effectively reduces infectious complications and resistance rates. The high frequency of antimicrobial resistance in urological patients may reflect inappropriate use of antimicrobial agents and prolonged prophylaxis.
Digital health entails connecting health-related data, including data generated by patients themselves, and harnessing the medical potential of technological tools of common usage, such as smartphones, wellness bands, apps, social media.