'Sub-optimal': Healthscope fast-tracks enhancements to Northern Beaches IT

Private hospital operator Healthscope has acknowledged it made mistakes when opening Sydney's Northern Beaches Hospital last October and says it has prioritised enhancements to its electronic medical record (EMR) to focus on patient safety issues. The acknowledgement follows a recently released report outlining problems with clinical IT by the...

NZ Ministry of Health renames beleaguered NOS project again

A new business case has been developed and approved for New Zealand's beleaguered National Oracle Solution (NOS) project, which has been implemented at just four district health boards after several delays. The NOS, which began life as the Finance, Procurement and Supply Chain (FPSC)...

Sigma partners with Doctors on Demand for in-pharmacy telehealth

Pharmacy group Sigma Healthcare has partnered with telehealth provider Doctors on Demand to offer in-pharmacy video consultations with GPs in rural and regional areas. Twenty-three pharmacies from Sigma's Amcal, Guardian and Discount Drug Store banner groups are taking part in the roll-out, which will...

SA opens priority care centres, WA to go live with urgent care clinics

Two general practices in Adelaide have opened as priority care centres as part of a South Australian trial aimed at diverting low-acuity cases from emergency departments. Western Australia is also shortly to begin its trial of its new urgent care clinic network, with 133...

Wellington PHO and 20 practice websites hit by hacker

Wellington primary health organisation Tū Ora Compass Health and 20 affiliated general practices have had their websites defaced by a malicious hacker and are still offline two weeks later. Tū Ora Compass Health acting CEO Justine Thorpe said the hack had not affected any...

International health IT week in review: August 18

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 18: NHS spend post-WannaCry, AI accuracy in breast cancer, digital needs for GP capacity, info exchange hampers transitions of care, wearables for diabetes risk, app for GP consults, Imprivata and Microsoft IAM,...

HIC 2019: Rural NSW LHDs develop single formulary for eMeds roll-out

eHealth NSW plans to roll out its Cerner electronic medications management (eMeds) system to 115 rural sites by the end of 2019, a large increase on the 18 sites across the six rural local health districts (LHDs) originally planned for the same timeframe. The...

HIC 2019: Royal Children's reaping the benefits from its big bang theory

Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital has seen a reduction in its mortality rate of 25 per cent since it went live with its Epic electronic medical record, and has registered similarly impressive figures for avoidable lab tests and medication prescribing and administration errors. While the...

HIC 2019: Pen CS and Healthily team up for health literacy in practice and point of care

Patient education specialist Healthily and population health software vendor Pen CS have teamed up to offer two integrated products aimed at general practices and primary health networks (PHNs). Healthily will provide its GoShare patient education technology integrated with Pen's CAT4 clinical audit tool and...

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