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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.
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.