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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

Viewpoint
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.

Precision global health in the digital age

Original article
Flahault A, Geissbuhler A, Guessous I, Guérin PJ, Bolon I, Salathé M, Escher G
Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14423

Use of affordable and sustainable innovations to foster progress and improvement in global health is known as “precision global health”. This can contribute to greater effectiveness of interventions in global public health.

Too frequent low-dose methotrexate prescriptions: multicentre quality control and quality assurance with pre- and post-analysis

Original article
Karlen S, Oertle M, Weiler S, Schneemann M, Eschmann E, Kullak-Ublick GA, Blaser J
Swiss Med Wkly. 2015;145:w14218

Biomedical informatics in Switzerland: need for action

Review article
Lovis C, Blaser J
Swiss Med Wkly. 2015;145:w14173

Clinical decision support systems

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Beeler PE, Bates DW, Hug BL
Swiss Med Wkly. 2014;144:w14073

A survey-based inventory of clinical decision support systems in computerised provider order entry in Swiss hospitals

Original article
Carli-Ghabarou D, Seidling HM, Bonnabry P, Lovis C
Swiss Med Wkly. 2013;143:w13894

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