Pulse+IT:2007.4

PULSE+IT Expanded

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

As our regular readers will note, we have increased both the page count and scope of Pulse+IT, with a view to better encompassing Health IT beyond the hardware and software found in specialist and general practices.

As part of this expansion, we have dramatically increased our readership base, many of whom will be receiving a complimentary copy of Pulse+IT for the first time.

A Brief History...

For the benefit of both our new and existing readers, allow me to bring you up to speed on where we have come from, and give you a hint of what’s to come...

Launched in August 2006, Pulse+IT was established as an Information Technology (IT) magazine specifically tailored for general and specialist practice.

While the response from readers in this part of the health sector has been positive, our ultimate goal has always been to provide an interesting and useful IT resource for all the relevant participants in the health sector.

While the current state of the Health IT landscape may suggest otherwise, it is obvious that patients and their aliments are not confined to discrete parts of the health system. Further, rarely do GPs and specialists practise solely from their private rooms. The majority also spend time in either hospitals or aged care facilities or both. With these realities in mind, Pulse+IT will move forward with an expanded editorial scope, encompassing Australian Health IT wherever it is to be found.

Obviously it would have been possible to produce several sister publications focused on the IT found in hospitals, aged care facilities, day surgeries etc. However, I strongly believe that holistic coverage of IT in the health sector through a unified publication will assist in the pursuit of a tightly integrated, cohesive Health IT environment, and ultimately, better outcomes for the sector as a whole.

In recognition of the support that our existing readership has given us since our launch, and ever mindful of the important role specialist and general practice is playing in the quest for a connected Health IT environment, we have no plans to dilute the historical editorial platform of Pulse+IT. Instead, we will broaden the scope of Pulse+IT by aggressively expanding the page count of the publication, ensuring that all readership groups will be provided with a substantial supply of quality Health IT content.

This Edition

Readers from general and specialist practice will be interested in our coverage of the RACGP’s new online portals designed for Practice Managers and Practice Nurses, the Hunter Urban Division’s eHealth initiatives , GPS photography , personal laser printers, RAID, the Adelaide Western GP Network’s Practice Health Atlas, Genie Solutions, GPComplete, and our significant secure messaging article featuring Medical-Objects, MedTech32 and Medical Director 3.

This edition also covers openEHR, NEHTA’s e-procurement plans for the public health sector, the Australian College of Health Informatics, software change management, and the causes of hospital IT failure.

Bonus Online Content

Despite increasing our page count and maintaining a high content-to-advertising ratio, we were unable to include all of our editorial submissions within the confines of this magazine. Several quality articles had to be omitted, including organisational contributions from HISA, HL7 Australia and Standards Australia. In addition, feature articles encompassing the Vocera Communication System, document scanners, Microsoft Vista, and the Telstra Bedside Solution also had to be left out.

While we will endeavour to include many of these articles in the printed version of our forthcoming February 2008 edition, this content has already been made available at our website — I encourage you to take the time to check it out.

Looking Ahead

Before Christmas, we expect to complete a significant website redevelopment that will make our site more visually appealing, more functional, and most importantly, allow us to release content more frequently.

The next edition of Pulse+IT will be sent to subscribers in early February 2008. As always, in the run up to this edition, I look forward to your feedback and editorial suggestions, and wish you all the best for the Christmas period and beyond.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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