Pulse IT: 2007.1

Welcome to the first edition of Pulse IT for 2007, I trust you had a refreshing and enjoyable Christmas period!

While the silly season raged around us, we spent most of our time bunkered down preparing for what promises to be a big year for Australian eHealth.

We’ve emerged with a suite of complementary services to ensure that our readers have access to timely and relevant eHealth information, regardless of when and where they wish to devour it. Our revamped line-up includes:

Pulse IT Magazine

The Pulse IT Magazine is the backbone of our services. Thanks to a concerted effort from our writers, we have added an extra 8 pages to this edition while keeping advertising clutter to a minimum.

With the continued support of our subscriber base, this is a trend we look forward to continuing into the future.

Pulse IT eNewsletter

We have commenced a fortnightly eNewsletter service to keep our readership informed of relevant eHealth happenings that occur between our quarterly printed magazines. Each edition will contain at least four articles, as well as other complementary content including FAQs and tips & tricks from selected software developers.

Pulse IT Podcast

Having gone through several months of planning, our podcasting service will be officially launched on the 15th of February. As detailed in Podcasting with iTunes, this medium presents us with many possibilities and I’m confident this service will be a great addition to the suite of Pulse IT products.

Pulse IT Website

All content from our printed magazines, eNewsletters and podcasts will be reproduced on our website. An article commenting feature has been added which should encourage supporting and alternate views to be discussed.

Other enhancements are planned for the near future so be sure to check back regularly.

This Edition

As our cover suggests, most of the articles featured in this edition deal with technologies that can help your practice run more efficiently. Specifically, we look at SMS patient reminders, paperless fax solutions, label printing, virtualisation and secure electronic communication.

Geoffrey Sayer presents the results of the IT/IM Innovations for General Practice Survey and we check in with Matt Gilchrist at the Goondiwindi Medical Centre.

Thanks Daniel!

I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you to Dr Daniel Silver for his significant, regular contributions to Pulse IT. To date, he has written an impressive 10,000 words about digital clinical photography and further assisted by providing the bulk of the excellent photos that have accompanied his articles.

If you’ve missed his previous articles, I highly recommend you check them out:

  1. Part 1: Why should busy clinicians take photos?
  2. Part 2: Choosing a digital camera for clinical work.

Looking Ahead

In the next edition of Pulse IT we will give significant coverage to the proposed Electronic Medicare Claiming initiative scheduled for rollout in “the second half of 2007”. We will also look at the latest release of Medicare Online Claiming and other payment systems available to medical practices. More “efficiency” articles will also be presented.

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