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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: 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:

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:

HIMAA coding qualification seeks to bridge employer divide

From July 1, the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) will be offering a full AQF qualification in clinical coding – the 22274VIC Certificate IV in Clinical Classification.

HIMAA hopes that the new qualification will encourage employers to engage with the registered training organisation (RTO) to ensure work-readiness for graduates.

Pulse+IT Poll: June 14 - 'None of them' are competent

The election spotlight was firmly on health this week, with Labor sharpening its Medicare campaigning and the Coalition seeking to nullify its opponent's strategy by backing away from plans to outsource the handling of claims to someone other than Department of Human Services (DHS).

Before these political machinations started to play out, and with more of an interest in our readers' views on the way government affects the delivery of clinically related IT projects, Pulse+IT asked readers the following question:

Which government organisation do you see as the most competent at delivering IT projects in healthcare?

The results as at COB on Monday, June 20 were as follows:

Pulse+IT Poll: June 21 - ALP health policies preferred, eHealth MIA

With the protracted election campaign drawing to a close and eHealth related policy announcements missing in action, this week Pulse+IT took a wider view of the sector and asked readers the following question:

Which political party has the best health policy?

The results as at COB on Monday, June 27 were as follows:

NZ Pulse+IT Poll: June 6 – CTO? What CTO?

Either people don't care about who takes up the new role of chief technology and digital officer or people don't care about Pulse+IT's polls, but our question from last fortnight got a 50-50 result that tells us little about what the health IT industry thinks about its national leadership.

We here at Pulse+IT are comforting ourselves with the thought that the poor response to the poll – only 26 people were interested – was due more to the Queen's birthday holiday than our boring question.

Either that, or people just don't really care who takes up the MoH job, which in effect replaces that of the role of director of the National Health IT Board. While the other roles in Chai Chuah's revamp of the senior bureaucracy have been filled, the person taking up the CTO job is not likely to be be named until mid-July.

In our last issue of Pulse+IT NZ, we asked:

Are you concerned that the MoH has still not appointed a new chief technology and digital officer?

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