COVIDSafe app criticised for high cost, low effectiveness

The federal government's much-publicised COVIDSafe app has been criticised as a waste of time and money having only picked up 17 positive contacts, all in NSW, since its launch in late April, at a cost of close to $12 million. Department of Health representatives told Senate Estimates in Canberra...

International health IT week in review: November 1

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending November 1: Renewed Ryuk threat warning for US hospitals, information blocking rules delayed, NHS Covid-19 app bugs, telemedicine for contact lenses, Alberta's $1.4b Epic roll-out, US VA's $16b Cerner roll-out, tele-assisted care, NHS...

CERT issues warning over Ryuk ransomware campaign against US hospitals

CERT NZ has issued a new alert concerning a global increase in Ryuk ransomware attacks on healthcare systems, following an advisory from US authorities about an imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers. A joint cybersecurity advisory was issued today by the...

Going live during lockdown: MercyAscot's experience

Auckland's MercyAscot private hospital group is now live with its new patient administration system from InterSystems, having gone ahead with the implementation in mid-May at the height of New Zealand's COVID-19 lockdown. It is now looking forward to rolling out clinical functionality with the...

My Health Record uploads and views show some growth: ADHA

There has been an increase in the number of clinical document uploads and views of the My Health Record, albeit from a low base, and the vast majority of GPs, pharmacists, public hospitals and pathology labs are now connected to the system, according to the...

Canterbury credits cloud transformation for COVID resilience

Canterbury District Health Board's adoption of a hybrid cloud infrastructure has enabled it to roll out a number of applications in a hurry during the COVID-19 pandemic, including onboarding a number of new DHBs to the national ICNet infection control expansion program and using technologies...

Bendigo restarts TrakCare EMR go-live as it emerges from COVID waves

Victoria's Bendigo Health has rescheduled its long-planned implementation of the TrakCare electronic medical record from InterSystems for the end of next month, having delayed a planned go-live in March in order to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has seen the regional health...

ResApp partners with HealthEngine for SleepCheck integration

ASX-listed respiratory app developer ResApp Health has signed an agreement with HealthEngine to integrate its appointment booking engine with ResApp’s SleepCheck app. SleepCheck is a direct-to-consumer smartphone app that uses algorithms to assess a person’s risk of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) by analysing breathing...

MedicalDirector releases care planning tool

Practice management software vendor MedicalDirector has added a care planning tool to its MedicalDirector Clinical system, promising to allow GPs to more easily develop care plans for patients with chronic illnesses. MedicalDirector Care is accessible from within MedicalDirector Clinical, allowing for auto-population of data...

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