NCSR and cervical screening program renewal now set for December start

The federal Department of Health is targeting December 1 as the new start date for the HPV-based cervical cancer screening test following the delay in the roll-out of the National Cancer Screening Register, being built by Telstra Health. Australia's chief medical officer Brendan Murphy has today moved to allay...

NZ's Firstcheck skin cancer early detection app launches in Australia

New Zealand-based start-up Firstcheck has launched its free app and low-cost dermatoscope on the Australian market, offering both consumers and clinicians better access to skin specialists for the early detection of skin cancer. Firstcheck launched its free app in New Zealand last November, allowing...

International health IT week in review: February 26

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending February 26: MD Anderson benches IBM Watson in setback for artificial intelligence in medicineForbes ~ Matthew Herper ~ 19/02/2017It was one of those amazing “we’re living in the future” moments....

MOH weighing up options for bowel screening program IT solution

Progress towards choosing an IT solution to underpin New Zealand's National Bowel Screening Program (NBSP) is still in its early stages despite some relatively tight deadlines, with two DHBs due to start screening in July and a full national screening program due to be live...

Coleman spruiks national telehealth service, patient portals in progress report

New Zealand Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has singled out the National Telehealth Service and patient portals as examples of progress made in two of the five elements of the much-vaunted NZ Health Strategy, despite the roll-out of portals lagging far behind targets. Addressing the...

Failure to complete National Cancer Screening Register on time delays HPV test

Significant delays in completing the build of the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) will now delay the introduction of the new human papillomavirus (HPV) test for cervical cancer and the accompanying MBS item numbers, with state and territory departments reverting to existing Pap test registers...

MSIA to merge with ACIVA for united voice for health IT

The Aged Care IT Vendors Association (ACIVA) has agreed to merge with the broader Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA) to provide a united voice for the health and aged care IT industry in Australia. ACIVA was first set up in 2009 with the view...

Orion gears up for Rhapsody 7 release, migrates Amadeus to AWS

Orion Health is planning to release two product updates to its Rhapsody integration later this year, releasing a new Intelligent Mapper function to assist with EMR upgrades and migrations as well as a new 'pluggable' database architecture for Rhapsody version 7. The Auckland-based company,...

Peter Mac goes to tender for radiotherapy treatment planning system

Victoria's Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has issued a tender for a new, integrated radiotherapy treatment planning system (TPS) to replace the hybrid mix of three non-integrated systems and eight different databases it currently uses to store patient treatment data. The new system will need...

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