Parkville precinct goes live with Epic EMR

Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre have all gone live with the Parkville precinct's new electronic medical record. The $124 million system went live on Saturday, with the three health services joining Royal Children’s Hospital in a big bang implementation.

WA carves out $8.1m to begin planning statewide EMR

The West Australian government has allocated $8.1 million from its coronavirus recovery scheme to begin planning for its statewide electronic medical record. WA Health issued a request for information from EMR vendors on the feasibility and potential options for implementing a contemporary EMR across...

Townsville signs up to roll out Smartpage for clinical communications

Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS) has signed a contract with ASX-listed digital health system vendor Alcidion to roll out its Smartpage clinical communication system. This will be Alcidion’s first contract with a Queensland hospital and health service to implement Smartpage. Existing users such...

GPs asked to wait for pharmacy readiness before issuing eScripts

General practices located outside the electronic prescribing communities of interest regions are being asked to wait until pharmacies in their region are able to accept eScripts before issuing them. The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has asked GP software vendors to suspend access to...

International health IT week in review: August 9

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 9: Telehealth and older patients, $18.5b Livongo and Teledoc merger, $16.4b Siemens Healthineers and Varian buy, telemedicine and COVID cancer backlog, Apple-Google COVID tracing in the UK and US, FDA approval for...

COVID-19 pandemic influences T2020 version of TrakCare

Clinical information system vendor InterSystems has released the latest version of its TrakCare electronic medical record, dubbed T2020. The new version has been released on schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing InterSystems to integrate COVID functionality into the new version. InterSystems has also made...

New Zealand to trial Bluetooth-enabled CovidCard in community

New Zealand will go ahead with a community-wide trial of the Bluetooth-enabled CovidCard technology in Rotorua as an adjunct to its NZ COVID Tracer app. The NZ government funded a trial of CovidCard run by the University of Otago in conjunction with the Nelson...

MoleMap launches virtual triage service for melanoma

A virtual triage service launched during COVID-19 lockdown by skin cancer diagnostics service MoleMap has identified skin cancer in 12 per cent of high-risk patients examined. The new contactless service was used by melanographers in New Zealand and Australia to assess patient lesions remotely...

Bulk of telehealth bookings during COVID with usual GP: HealthEngine report

Online appointment booking service HealthEngine has released a report looking at data from nearly 220,000 telehealth appointments between April and June 2020, which shows the majority of patients booking a telehealth appointment were doing so with their regular GP or practice. An accompanying survey...

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