US-based EMR giant Epic has won the much sought-after tender to provide an electronic medical record for Melbourne's Royal Children’s Hospital. The $48 million contract was announced by Victorian Premier Denis Napthine today after a very competitive tender process that is understood to have included...
Almost 170,000 telehealth services have been provided to over 62,000 patients by more than 9700 providers under Medicare-funded arrangements first introduced in 2011, the latest figures from the Department of Health show. In a briefing last week to the Australian Telehealth Advisory Committee, chaired...
RDNS has recently undertaken a refresh of its mobile computing device deployment, rolling out a new range of lightweight devices with improved battery life and several layers of connectivity to ensure the absolute minimum in downtime for nurses. RDNS has used mobile devices for well over a decade...
This story first appeared in the April 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine. The wave of giddy enthusiasm that greeted the election of the Rudd government in 2007 and the subsequent development of the PCEHR has not been mirrored by the advent of the Abbott government in 2013. A sterner, economically rationalist...
Geelong's Barwon Health is working on functionality to upload discharge summaries to the PCEHR, which it plans to do through its BOSSnet clinical information system. Contrary to NEHTA's list of hospitals that are connected to the PCEHR for the sending of inpatient discharge summaries, Barwon Health's...
Alzheimer’s Australia has launched an interactive website to provide comprehensive information and a six-step plan for people wishing to prepare for their future healthcare, lifestyle and financial decisions. Called Start2Talk, the site includes a number of worksheets along with access to information...
NPS MedicineWise is urging residential aged care facilities to use tools such as its drug use evaluation tool or the Quality Use of Medicine (QUM) report it developed with Webstercare to help better manage the use of antipsychotic medicines in people with dementia. The Senate Community Affairs Committee...
Health Minister Peter Dutton has told the Standing Council on Health (SCoH) meeting of state and territory health ministers that the federal government is “committed” to an electronic health record and “will be working with the states and territories to implement it properly”. The statement...
The Department of Health has issued an update of the eHealth privacy document given to patients when they are signed up to the PCEHR through assisted registration. The document, Essential information about assisted registration and your privacy in the eHealth record system, has been updated in line...
Despite the current uncertainty over the future of the PCEHR, plans to include new functionality including pathology and diagnostic imaging reports and advance care directives are still going ahead, with a big release expected in May. Originally planned for this month, release 5 of the PCEHR is apparently...

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