Budget 2021: $17.7b for aged care as govt releases response to Royal Commission

The federal government has released its response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety with a $17.7 billion package over five years in yesterday’s budget. The government has accepted or accepted in principle 126 of the 148 recommendations, including universal adoption of the...

Budget 2021: Govt promises $503m to “transform digital health in Australia”

The federal government is claiming it will “transform digital health in Australia” through $503 million worth of measures in the 2021-22 budget, including funds for My Health Record, the Healthcare Identifiers Service, electronic medication charts for aged care and the Health Products Portal. The...

Budget 2021: $50m for systems to set up MyGP voluntary patient enrolment scheme

Funding has been secured in the 2021-22 federal budget to move ahead with the Department of Health’s voluntary patient enrolment scheme, which is to be called MyGP. The initiative, which was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, is aimed at improving continuity of care and...

Budget 2021: new measures at a glance

The big ticket items in the 2021-22 federal budget for digital health are the previously announced funds under the government’s $1.2 billion digital economy strategy for enhancements to the My Health Record system and myGov. There is also funding for digital health measures in...

Townsville University Hospital trialling AI tool in ieMR for sepsis early warning

Townsville Hospital and Health Service is running a trial of a new artificial intelligence tool and natural language processing to scan Queensland’s Cerner integrated electronic medical record (ieMR) for early warning signs of sepsis in patients. The health service is working with Clinical Excellence...

Tyro to buy digital healthcare payments platform Medipass

Electronic payments and business banker Tyro has bought Medipass Solutions, the digital health payments platform launched in 2016 that is now integrated with 17 cloud-based practice management and booking systems. The merged companies are expected to now offer Australia’s largest digital and terminal-based payments...

Microsoft RemoteApp pinged for causing dosage duplication error in SA EMR

A known error that intermittently duplicates keystrokes when using Microsoft’s RemoteApp feature is understood to have caused the issue affecting medication dosages in South Australia’s Sunrise electronic medical record last week. The error appeared to replicate the last digit for dosages on medication orders,...

NZ to invest in new IT for breast and cervical cancer screening

The New Zealand government will invest up to $55.6 million in its national breast cancer screening program, including money for new IT infrastructure, as well as money to support the change to human papillomavirus (HPV) testing for cervical cancer. The funding will be made...

International health IT week in review: May 9

NHS booking site leaking, WHO hub for pandemics in Berlin, COVID data exposures, global EMR market in 2020, Canada’s COVID vaccine tracking systems, vaccinated workforce tracking system, command centre links Montreal hospitals NHS Covid jab booking site leaks people’s vaccine statusThe Guardian ~ Alex...

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