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Pulse+IT Poll: August 1 – Hedging our bets

It's a tough job for anyone to take up the reins at a new government agency and smooth over the ruffled feathers and lingering cynicism of the past few years in Australia eHealth so perhaps it's a blessing for new Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) CEO Tim Kelsey that not many people are aware of his existence.

Mr Kelsey was appointed to the top job at the ADHA just over a week ago in what came as a surprise move on behalf of the agency's board, nominating not just a newcomer to the country but one with a bit of baggage. Mr Kelsey is set to take up the high-profile role guiding the My Health Record program forward some time next week.

We asked readers whether they thought Mr Kelsey would have much ability to positively influence the roll-out of eHealth initiatives in Australia as ADHA head.

In this week's poll, we asked:

Do you think new ADHA CEO Tim Kelsey will be able to positively influence the roll-out of eHealth initiatives?

The results as at COB on Monday, August 8 were as follows:

Opinion: Five principles for eHealth design

“I’ll tell you how to make documentation easier. Throw all the computers out the window.”

That tip came from an ED doctor during some recent research. I laughed it off at first, but he wasn’t joking. He went on to describe the battle that is recording patient notes.

What used to take him a minute on paper is now several painful minutes of selecting check boxes and menu items on his whiz-bang electronic health record.

Opinion: How the cloud benefits your healthcare workforce

Many people are familiar with the benefits of the cloud and whether you realise it or not, the majority of us are already using cloud services of some description, be it Gmail, Dropbox or Office 365.

While healthcare is an industry that is commonly known for resisting change, entrepreneurial products and services, first adopters and government legislation for healthcare information and data privacy are driving a change from paper-based to digital record keeping. This in turn is allowing a further transition from reliance on on-premise resources to a more collaborative environment in the cloud.

Opinion: Bridging the gap between eHealth vision and current realities

The rise of health-related technology solutions is correctly perceived by healthcare professionals as a revolution that will ultimately drive improvement in patient care and increase practice efficiency.

This efficiency improvement allows providers to take on more patients and increase profits. It seems like a win-win situation for patients and providers but unfortunately there are barriers to the adoption of telehealth, telemedicine and mHealth that will take some time to overcome.

Pulse+IT Poll: July 19 - Tough at the top

Having been sworn back in as Health Minister at a time that more or less coincided with the commencement of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Pulse+IT took the opportunity to ask readers what they felt about Sussan Ley's continuation in the role.

In this week's poll, we asked:

Do you think the reappointment of Sussan Ley as Health Minister is good for eHealth?

The results as at COB on Monday, August 1 were as follows:

Pulse+IT Poll: July 11 - Leading the My Health Record charge

Launched as the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) in July 2012, this month marks the system's fourth birthday. With ePIP measures recently introduced in an effort to boost the utilisation and relevance of the system, and opt-out trials adding an additional 971,000 records, over 3.8 million individuals now have an entry in the government-held My Health Record system.

But are Pulse+IT readers amongst them? In this week's poll, we asked:

Do you have a My Health Record (PCEHR)?

The results as at COB on Monday, July 18 were as follows:

Connecting to medical devices in hospital and at home

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is holding a pre-conference half-day workshop this Sunday in Melbourne as an education event to inform HIC 2016 attendees about developments in interconnecting patient care devices (PCD) to electronic medical records (EMRs), both in the hospital and the home.

In the hospital setting, we will look at taking the integration of vital signs devices beyond the ICU, as well as the connection of therapeutic devices such as infusion pumps and integrated electronic medications management (EMM) systems. In the home care setting, we will look at telehealth devices, hospital in the home and the long-term monitoring and support of the elderly and people with chronic illnesses.

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