Big game hunting: ransomware targeting large organisations as costs skyrocket

Ransomware is increasingly being targeted at large organisations with critical assets, and variants such as Ryuk that affected several hospitals in Victoria last year are thought to be the costliest out there, according to Malwarebytes Labs' 2020 State of Malware Report. The release of the report comes as New...

Victoria to trial patient-reported outcome measures in cancer care

The Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI) has contracted market research firm IPSOS to trial the collection of patient-reported outcomes data for cancer care. The trial involves a patient survey using the EQ-5D survey tool that is widely used in population health and measures...

Pre-configured personal alarm with real-time location visibility

The people behind the mCareWatch wearable device have launched a new personal emergency alarm aimed at keeping vulnerable people safe, offering real-time location visibility for families and carers. mCare Digital says its new mCareMate personal alarm overcomes some of the practical problems encountered by...

International health IT week in review: February 16

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending February 16: Data errors and duplicate records, ransomware costs mount, patient trust in data use, $100m telehealth pilot in US, EU medical device regulations, US VA delays Cerner go-live, consumer wearables more accurate...

Austin Health on the market for radiology solution with added extras

Melbourne's Austin Health has issued a request for information for a new radiology information system (RIS) that offers workflow capabilities designed to improve patient experience, reduce clinical risk and improve hospital efficiency. The system will be required to integrate with Austin's Cerner electronic medical...

Best Practice partners with 3DAnatomica for interactive animated tools

Clinical and practice management software vendor Best Practice has partnered with 3DAnatomica to provide access to 3DA's new suite of interactive tools and animations. The new 3DA Clinic suite is aimed at improving health literacy and patient engagement by allowing GPs and practice nurses...

Trial of SMS messaging from GPs to increase bowel cancer screening

The Victorian Cancer Agency (VCA) is funding a trial of patient narrative SMS messaging in five general practices in western Victoria to test whether it can improve rates of bowel cancer screening. The trial will use Healthily's GoShare platform to send an SMS containing...

Strata Health deploys automated referral system for Canterbury community services

Canterbury District Health Board has gone live with an automated system from Strata Health that directs referrals for home-based nursing care and community support automatically to the most appropriate provider. Strata Health has deployed its Prism patient flow and resource matching technology, which is...

InterSystems releases coronavirus screening functionality in TrakCare

InterSystems is releasing global functionality for its TrakCare unified healthcare information system to screen and support patients with the novel coronavirus infection. The functionality enables clinicians to screen patients for 2019-nCoV using World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance, and includes a link to the Wuhan...

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