Telstra Health in robust defence of cancer register role but loses clinical head

Telstra Health has touted its technological capabilities and defended its role in the design and roll-out of the National Cancer Screening Register at a Senate Community Affairs committee hearing in Sydney today but has also admitted that the clinician directing the project has resigned. Eminent pathologist Ruth Salom was...

ePIP extended to January so practices can catch up on uploads

General practices registered for the practice incentives program eHealth (ePIP) incentive have been given a six-month extension to the deadline for uploading shared health summaries to the My Health Record, after an estimated 1500 of the 5000 registered practices missed the target for the first...

Health dept withdraws MBS and PBS dataset after decryption fears

The Department of Health has withdrawn the supposedly anonymised set of MBS and PBS data it recently released into the public domain after cryptography and security experts from the University of Melbourne discovered some of the provider numbers it contains can be decrypted. In...

Health on the hunt for Health Care Home trial risk stratification tool

The federal Department of Health has issued a request for tender for a risk stratification tool, software and technical support to determine patients' eligibility for the Health Care Home program based on their disease complexity and predicted demand for unplanned hospital admissions. The department...

MedicalDirector adds clinical eAudit widget to sidebar

GP desktop software vendor MedicalDirector has added a clinical eAudit widget from mdBriefCase Australia to the MD Sidebar, allowing GPs to undertake continued professional development programs from within their software. The new widget has been built to be used during a patient consult and...

Macquarie Health hosts remote ICU to turn night into day in Atlanta

Critical care clinicians from US healthcare provider Emory Healthcare are being stationed at Sydney's Macquarie University Hospital and using Philips' eICU technology to remotely monitor critically ill patients back in Atlanta. eICU is a well-established telehealth program in the US that uses a mixture...

Grampians to roll out BOSSnet in 20 sites for unified view of patient record

Victoria's Grampians Rural Health Alliance (GRHA) has confirmed it will roll out the BOSSnet clinical information system from Core Medical Solutions (CMS) across its 20-odd sites following a trial of the application at the Wimmera Health Care Group (WHCG) earlier this year. WHCG's Horsham...

Limited awareness of after-hours GP helpline may have limited its potential

The national after-hours GP helpline (AGPH) may have prevented over a thousand unnecessary attendances at emergency departments due to medication-related concerns in one year but the general public's limited knowledge of the existence of the service may also have limited its effectiveness. In a...

HealthLink signs with Oculo to streamline GP-to-optometrist referrals

Secure messaging vendor HealthLink has signed an agreement with eye health clinical communications platform Oculo to help improve the referral workflow between GPs and optometrists, and tackle some of the unmet need in screening and diagnosis for common diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma....

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