Opinion: ePrescriptions still in a state of lockdown

Congratulations Australia. In 2020 in the year of COVID-19, widespread lockdowns, quarantine and MBS-funded telehealth, legalised ePrescriptions have finally arrived. It is a major achievement that should not be underestimated, but there are lingering issues with workflow, safety and privacy that still need to be resolved. The road to...

Canterbury credits cloud transformation for COVID resilience

Canterbury District Health Board's adoption of a hybrid cloud infrastructure has enabled it to roll out a number of applications in a hurry during the COVID-19 pandemic, including onboarding a number of new DHBs to the national ICNet infection control expansion program and using technologies...

Bendigo restarts TrakCare EMR go-live as it emerges from COVID waves

Victoria's Bendigo Health has rescheduled its long-planned implementation of the TrakCare electronic medical record from InterSystems for the end of next month, having delayed a planned go-live in March in order to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has seen the regional health...

ResApp partners with HealthEngine for SleepCheck integration

ASX-listed respiratory app developer ResApp Health has signed an agreement with HealthEngine to integrate its appointment booking engine with ResApp’s SleepCheck app. SleepCheck is a direct-to-consumer smartphone app that uses algorithms to assess a person’s risk of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) by analysing breathing...

MedicalDirector releases care planning tool

Practice management software vendor MedicalDirector has added a care planning tool to its MedicalDirector Clinical system, promising to allow GPs to more easily develop care plans for patients with chronic illnesses. MedicalDirector Care is accessible from within MedicalDirector Clinical, allowing for auto-population of data...

International health IT week in review: October 25

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending October 25: Telemedicine in Africa, contact tracing in Asia, EHRs and the COVID vaccine, India's digital health ID, Excelgate latest, hospital admissions down 10%, voice assist for Cerner, Ireland's digital health labs, virtual...

Data-led research study launched into disability services in NZ

Research group Precision Driven Health (PDH) has partnered with disability services and support organisation Manawanui and analytics consultancy Nicholson Consulting to conduct new research into the needs of Kiwis receiving Ministry of Health-funded disability services. The research will combine client data from Manawanui with...

MediRecords, Direct Control, Intrahealth the latest to pass SMD requirements

Nineteen secure messaging and clinical information system vendors have successfully fulfilled the requirements of the Australian Digital Health Agency's secure messaging industry offer, with practice management system vendors MediRecords and Intrahealth, and patient administration system and billing specialist Direct Control, the latest to complete the...

Trust in digital health among marginalised communities low: study

Population groups who have experienced discrimination and stigma in healthcare are more likely than the wider community to distrust digital health initiatives and are much less likely to want to share information with health authorities or governments, a new study shows. A survey of...

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