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Optimal allocation of limited test resources for the quantification of COVID-19 infections

Original article
Chatzimanolakis M, Weber P, Arampatzis G, Wälchli D, Kičić I, Karnakov P, Papadimitriou C, Koumoutsakos P
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20445

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.

Early evidence of effectiveness of digital contact tracing for SARS-CoV-2 in Switzerland

Original article
Salathé M, Althaus C, Anderegg N, Antonioli D, Ballouz T, Bugnon E, Čapkun S, Jackson D, Kim SI, Larus J, Low N, Lueks W, Menges D, Moullet C, Payer M, Riou J, Stadler T, Troncoso C, Vayena E, von Wyl V
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20457

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

Original article
Bindschädler P, Frei L, Raptis DA, Tschuor C, Breitenstein S
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20328

The question of whether patients should have electronic access to their data has become one of the key topics under discussion.

Data protection and biomedical research in Switzerland: setting the record straight

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Martani A, Egli P, Widmer M, Elger B
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20332

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.

PedAMINES: a disruptive mHealth app to tackle paediatric medication errors

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Ehrler F, Siebert JN
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20335

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

Original article
Vokinger KN, Nittas V, Witt CM, Fabrikant SI, von Wyl V
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20282

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.

COVID-19 and telehealth: a window of opportunity and its challenges

Nittas V, von Wyl V
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20284

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.

Stay fit or get bit - ethical issues in sharing health data with insurers’ apps

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Martani A, Shaw D, Elger BS
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w20089

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

Original article
Bausch K, Roth JA, Seifert HH, Widmer AF
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14594

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: meeting the ethical and policy challenges

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Vayena E, Haeusermann T, Adjekum A, Blasimme A
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14571

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.

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