Pulse+IT: 2007.3

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

This edition marks the end of Pulse+IT’s first year on the Health IT scene, and the beginning of what promises to be another busy and rewarding year.

As always, special thanks must go to our advertisers and writers for their continued support. I’d also like to extend my thanks to our rapidly growing group of subscribers, and to the hundreds of readers who have provided feedback and encouragement throughout the course of the year.

As always, I sincerely welcome any input that will help us to continue to enhance the quality and scope of our publication for the editions that lie ahead.

This Edition

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to first time contributors Klaus Veil, Mark Garside and Dr Rosanna Capolingua, the recently appointed President of the AMA.

Dr Capolingua’s guest editorial overviews the AMA’s revised policy direction on the controversial Medicare Easyclaim system, a stance that is certain to have ramifications on how Easyclaim is delivered by Medicare Australia and adopted by practices.

In his capacity as Chair of HL7 Australia, Mr Veil has commenced a four part series on Health Level 7 (HL7), a vitally important health informatics standard that underpins an ever-growing part of health technology in Australia.

This edition’s Bits & Bytes section is perhaps our most varied to date, with reports on new practice software developer Stat Health, the Medinfo Interoperability Demonstration, the Optus and Elders backed “OPEL” network, IBA’s troubled iSoft bid, Global Health’s secure messaging initiative in Tasmania, and the recent Standards Australia IT-014 Roadshow.

Dr Ian Reinecke outlines the importance of NEHTA’s work on unique identifiers for healthcare providers and patients.

Pulse+IT checks in with Trevor O’Bryan from Intrahealth, the developer of Profile and Profile Specialist.

I report on Mozy, an Internet backup solution that you may find to be a useful tool for your practice or home office.

Having been “in the wild” for over a month, the Streamlined Authority system is reviewed, and a secure messaging scenario featuring Argus, Best Practice and Zedmed is presented.

With a handful of practices now using the Medicare Easyclaim system, I check in to see how the three financial institutions that plan to deliver the service are fairing. In a separate article, but on a very much related front, the concept of Integrated EFTPOS is also presented.

The options available to practices looking to establish a website are outlined, with a particular focus on the “do-it-yourself” Joomla website management system.

Mark Garside concludes this edition, taking an almost obligatory look at the Apple iPhone, perhaps the most hyped technological product to hit the market since Microsoft Windows 95.

Looking Ahead

Starting with our forthcoming November edition, the future editorial framework of Pulse+IT will be developed under the guidance of our recently appointed advisory board. Comprising doctors, practice managers and IT professionals, the board will assist us to continue to develop the quality and scope of Pulse+IT into its second year and beyond.

Our more technically inclined readers can look forward to contributions from Standards Australia IT-014 and Australian Health Messaging Laboratory (AHML), as well as the next installment of our perpetual series on secure messaging.

For the rest of us, a printer, scanner and gadget guide will be presented, just in time for the Christmas buying season.

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