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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 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:

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 5 - New beginnings for Australian eHealth?

The start of July marked the formal commencement of the Australian Digital Health Agency, with NEHTA's assets transferred to the new entity. While the name has changed as the government rallies behind yet another new term for what essentially amounts to the use of computers in the health sector, the new organisation has much in common with the old.

Pulse+IT readers were asked:

Do you expect the new Australian Digital Health Agency will be better than NEHTA at guiding the eHealth sector?

The results as at COB on Monday, July 11 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.

Pulse+IT Poll: June 28 - The eHealth state of origin

With NSW having already surrended its rugby league credibility to Queensland with one game to play, and Australia's Sydney-based prime minister looking worse for wear, this week's Pulse+IT poll offered the publication's home state of NSW the chance of redemption.

Pulse+IT readers were asked:

Which jurisdiction do you see as the most competent in delivering IT projects in healthcare?

The results as at COB on Monday, July 4 were as follows:

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