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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?

Pulse+IT Poll: June 7 - ADHA flies under the radar

While the protracted federal election campaign continues to consume the nation’s attention, the start of July is also an important period for eHealth in Australia with the shuttering of the National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) and the opening of the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to take place on July 1.

With only a few weeks before this transition takes place, Pulse+IT asked readers the following question:

Are you concerned that the ADHA has still not appointed a permanent CEO?

The results as at COB on Monday, June 13 were as follows:

Pulse+IT Poll: May 31 - Telstra NCSR contract win fails to please

With Telstra Health recently being awarded a contract to build a national cancer screening register, in this week's poll, Pulse+IT asked readers the following question:

Are you happy that Telstra Health has been awarded the contract for the National Cancer Screening Register?

The results as at COB on Monday, June 6 were as follows:

NZ Pulse+IT Poll: May 23 – big thumbs up for NZ EHR

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman made quite a few headlines when he announced at HINZ in Christchurch last year that he supported the development of a national electronic health record for all Kiwis. While many people that we spoke to at the time were a bit cynical, it seems that some of our Kiwi readers agree with him.

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

Do you support the establishment of a national electronic health record for all New Zealanders?

IoT is coming, but is healthcare ready?

Imagine an implanted pacemaker detecting an abnormality, making an automated phone call to the nearest ambulance station, and activating an autonomously driven unit carrying the paramedics to the patient’s location.

Imagine a deteriorating patient’s status recognised by wearable devices, which then activate emergency alarms and communicate to the hospital’s intensive care unit autonomously.

Pulse+IT Poll: May 24 - Still early days for the cloud

Over the last few months, some of the major suppliers of practice clinical software to the Australian market have announced their plans to release web-based offerings. Genie Solutions launched its Gentu product in April, with MedicalDirector taking the wrapping off Helix earlier in the month at the Sydney GPCE. With new entrants to the clinical software market also vying for attention, in this week's poll, Pulse+IT asked the following question:

Is your practice, hospital or healthcare organisation using cloud- or web-based clinical software?

The results as at COB on Monday, May 30 were as follows:

Pulse+IT Poll: May 9 - Smart phones not smart enough for health?

Despite their near-universal adoption by consumers in recent years, smartphones and other mobile computing devices have made little impact on the delivery of healthcare with most healthcare organisations firmly wedded to applications deployed on traditional desktop operating systems. In this week's poll, Pulse+IT asked the following question:

If you treat patients, do you use a smartphone or tablet for any clinical purpose?

The results as at COB on Friday, May 13 were as follows:

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