CSC has rolled out an eHealth system for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in three states and is due to complete the implementation for the other states by the end of the year. The new Defence eHealth Information System – first announced in 2011 and known then as the Joint eHealth Data and Information...
This story first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine. While the eHealth sector in Australia is currently consumed with speculation about the next steps for the PCEHR, there is some very exciting work being done on a new, clinically driven collaboration that has flown under the radar....
Technology solutions provider Datacom has taken a 20 per cent stake in Canberra-based health IT firm SmartWard as the first investment in its new healthcare solutions unit, which is being headed up by former Australian Centre for Health Innovation clinical director Keith Joe. New Zealand-owned Datacom...
This story first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine. At their simplest, shared care software packages can prove to be an easy way for general practices to create general practice management plans (GPMPs) and team care arrangements (TCAs), both of which attract a full Medicare rebate....
A draft program for November's Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT-14) conference has been released, featuring keynote speakers Gordon Peterkin, former director of the Scottish Telehealth Centre, and Peter Soyer of the University of Queensland's Dermatology Research Centre, who will discuss the...
The Department of Human Services has reverted to manually processing income and assessment determination letters for elderly people entering residential aged care. The Herald Sun is reporting that it has seen an internal DHS memo showing that approximately 10,000 means testing assessments were outstanding...
Research has consistently shown unnecessarily high usage of benzodiazepine and antipsychotic medications in the aged care sector, both within Australia and internationally, leading international experts to dub residential aged care facilities (RACFs) “modern mental institutions for the elderly”. Most...
Brisbane-based dermatologist Brad Jones and his team from 3D Medical Software have launched a native iPad app called ApreSkin that promises to help streamline the way doctors perform skin consultations and improve the way they track and record patient data. Aimed at dermatologists, plastic surgeons,...
In an age where hackers and other cybercriminals seek to do us harm, can we relax when it comes to our financial and medical information? After all, those who handle them are subject to clearly defined legislation. It seems not, as indicated by a recent violation of privacy laws by a Melbourne medical...
Allowing patients to communicate electronically with their GPs through secure, online patient portals is one of the priority areas outlined in New Zealand's National Health IT Plan, although whether they are available to the majority of the population this year remains to be seen. With the main GP...

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