Pulse+IT:2007.2

Welcome to the fourth edition of Pulse+IT, Australia’s first and only health IT magazine.

As a quarterly publication, technically we are only 9 months old, however we are feeling very much like we’ve aged at least a year since our launch!

To prematurely celebrate our impending first birthday, we’ve increased our circulation by 50% to 15,000 copies. It is our hope that this expanded circulation will further increase awareness of the benefits technology can bring to Specialist and General Practice, and in turn, the health sector as a whole.

This aggressive and unprecedented expansion has been made possible by the continued support of our loyal advertisers. As such, I encourage all readers of Pulse+IT to take an active interest in what these organisations are contributing to the eHealth sector.

New Writers

I’d like to extend my thanks and warm welcome to first time contributors, Dr David More and Mr Trevor Hendry.

I’d also like to welcome the AMA into the pages of Pulse+IT, and wish their outgoing President, Dr Murkesh Haikerwal all the best in his future endeavours, especially in his role as a member of Minister Tony Abbott’s E-Health Ministerial Advisory Group.

This Edition

This edition contains not one, but two articles on the forthcoming Electronic Medicare Claiming, officially dubbed “Easyclaim”.

The first article presents an overview of the new system, and offers answers to many of the questions practices will have about Medicare Easyclaim. The second article investigates future implementations of the system, with a focus on forthcoming practice software integration.

Dr David More discusses the challenges associated with health information privacy, and Jane London outlines ways for clinicians to effectively make use of the vast array of electronic health resources.

Dr Ian Reinecke discusses the Health Level Seven (HL7) standards, and Dr Murkesh Haikerwal comments on the importance of connecting health care providers.

Pulse+IT checks in with Dr Frank Pyefinch, founder of Best Practice and Dr Daniel Silver concludes his comprehensive series on digital clinical photography, taking a look at ways to view and store your snaps.

Having spent 4 months using the solution, I report on Telstra’s Next G Network and BigPond’s wireless broadband offerings, while Trevor Hendry provides an insight into computerised Widgets.

Finally, a comprehensive technical demonstration of a secure electronic messaging solution is presented. This article is the first in a perpetual series aimed at providing practical examples of working secure messaging scenarios.

Looking Ahead

In the next edition of Pulse+IT we will examine the implementation of the Medicare Easyclaim system, and check on the progress of the forthcoming integrated solutions discussed in this edition.

This forthcoming edition will also contain a feature article designed to assist readers who are interested in setting up a website for their practice.

Simon James, Editor
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