Despite intense speculation that Medicare Locals will either be axed, consolidated or cut in next month's federal budget, funding for their program schedules have been extended for a year, except for eHealth programs. In a newsletter to members yesterday, Hunter Medicare Local said that it had been...
This story first appeared in the April 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine. The electronic transmission of prescriptions (ETP) market has been steadily evolving in Australia for over five years, with the last 12 months in particular seeing tremendous growth in usage. With the plumbing now in place, ETP...
This story first appeared in the April 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine. The failure of the national eHealth strategy to focus on the needs of the community sector means that paper-based communications are still the norm. To realise a point-to-share environment, in which healthcare information can...
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has gone live with its aged care data clearinghouse, which will act as a centralised repository of national aged care data. Part of the 2012 Living Longer, Living Better package, the idea is to provide better support for aged care research and evaluation. The...
Online referral tool MEDrefer has integrated with Genie Solutions, allowing specialists using Genie to display their availability in their MEDrefer profile directly from their appointment book. MEDrefer is also fully integrated into Best Practice clinical software for GPs, and the company is currently...
A West Australian research team has developed a tool that can seamlessly extract patient data from practice management software and send an SMS query to patients to conduct active adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) surveillance. Designed by software developer Ian Peters of Datavation, who...
Online appointments booking service DocAppointments has added a patient demographics and survey app to its product suite that integrates with Best Practice and PracSoft to create a new patient file. The app allows new patients to fill out their personal details on a tablet while waiting for their...
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...

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