NSW and Victorian aged care facilities rolling out Contact Harald tracing system

NSW aged care provider Pathways Residences has become the first to roll out the proximity detecting technology Contact Harald for both visitor check-in and COVID-19 contact tracing, with central Victorian provider Havilah also set to implement the Australian developed technology in the next week. Contact Harald is a wearable,...

Austin Health using telehealth for bulk of specialist clinics

Melbourne's Austin Health has set up a telehealth ‘hub’ that can house up to 21 clinicians at a time to help remotely manage between 70 and 80 per cent of its outpatients appointments. Austin Health uses Healthdirect Australia's Video Call system, which is underpinned...

Sydney LHD trialling AI app for wound care in hospital and remotely

Sydney Local Health District is trialling an app that uses artificial intelligence to help analyse, treat and monitor chronic wounds, with the hope it can be rolled out to the rest of NSW. The Tissue Analytics app being trialled at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital...

Shexie practices can send multilingual SMS messages

Specialist medical practices using the practice management and clinical information system Shexie Platinum can now send manual and automated SMSs to patients in their preferred language. The practice can set up templates of SMS wordings in multiple languages in that language’s script for appointment...

Medibank extends extras cover for allied virtual health indefinitely

Private health insurer Medibank is extending coverage for psychology, physiotherapy, dietetics, occupational therapy, podiatry, exercise physiology and speech therapy delivered by telehealth until further notice. Medibank's figures show people aged 30 to 39 have been the fastest adopters of telehealth, accounting for a quarter...

WA carves out $8.1m to begin planning statewide EMR

The West Australian government has allocated $8.1 million from its coronavirus recovery scheme to begin planning for its statewide electronic medical record. WA Health issued a request for information from EMR vendors on the feasibility and potential options for implementing a contemporary EMR across...

Townsville signs up to roll out Smartpage for clinical communications

Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS) has signed a contract with ASX-listed digital health system vendor Alcidion to roll out its Smartpage clinical communication system. This will be Alcidion’s first contract with a Queensland hospital and health service to implement Smartpage. Existing users such...

GPs asked to wait for pharmacy readiness before issuing eScripts

General practices located outside the electronic prescribing communities of interest regions are being asked to wait until pharmacies in their region are able to accept eScripts before issuing them. The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has asked GP software vendors to suspend access to...

Parkville precinct goes live with Epic EMR

Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre have all gone live with the Parkville precinct's new electronic medical record. The $124 million system went live on Saturday, with the three health services joining Royal Children’s Hospital in a big...

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