Season's bleatings

It wasn't a good look for online news outlet The Conversation this week when it was forced to retract an article by Deakin University academics Danuta Mendelson and Gabrielle Wolf about the My Health Record. The article was taken down in a flash once several egregious errors were pointed out but is still available online if you search hard enough.

It wasn't a good look for the authors either. It seems they misread the recent legislative rule enabling the opt-out model for the My Health Record to be applied next year and thought it started a fortnight ago. They also seemed to think health practitioners can search for patients' records just with their Medicare number. We suggest that the Australian Digital Health Agency and the Department of Health put their heads together to see how these misunderstandings can be avoided in future.

There was some other interesting news this week, with Best Practice bringing out its latest version of Lava, Cerner's FirstNet being named as the replacement for the Symphony ED system at Barwon Health and Liverpool Hospital, one of the largest in the country, going live with the the enhanced version of the Cerner EMR being rolled out in NSW.

Queensland has a new health minister in Brisbane MP Steven Miles, and as we head into the Christmas period, the busiest time of the year for pharmacies, eRx Script Exchange announced that it had racked up two billion transactions since it first went live in 2009. Nice figures, Fred.

We here at Pulse+IT spent the week reminiscing about the year just past in what has become a bit of a tradition. Our eHealth year in reviews do prove quite popular but we're not at all sure that you all stick it out to the end of our bleatings, especially considering there's about 10,000 words to get through. The good news is we're doing New Zealand on Monday and then you'll get a break from us until January.

The new year dawns as a make or break one for ADHA and the My Health Record. Moving to opt-out could go swimmingly or it could be an absolute disaster; it will probably be something in between. That brings us to our poll question for the week: Do you think the opt-out My Health Record will be a success?

To vote in our poll sign up for our weekend edition or leave your comments below.

Our poll last week asked: Would you follow the RACGP's advice on clinical software? Mmm. No offence to the college but 68 per cent of our readers say no.

We'll be back on deck in January. If you'd like to submit an article or opinion piece on what you think the new year has in store for digital health, then we'd like to hear about it. Our editorial submission guidelines are here.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas, from Abbey, Emily, Kate, Simon and Taher.

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