Australasian health week in review: February 14

Following is a collection of recent Australian and New Zealand articles from third-party sources that Pulse+IT readers may enjoy:

IBM wins 'foundation' role for NZ health IT cloud
ZDNet ~ Rob O'Neil ~ 16/02/2015

New Zealand's National Infrastructure Platform for health is moving to an IBM-managed cloud, enabling a massive consolidation of datacentre facilities in the sector.

NeCTAR Research Cloud gets $1.5m capacity boost
Computerworld ~ Hamish Barwick ~ 16/02/2015

The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Research Cloud has extra capacity for big data sets following $1.5 million of investment by high performance computing partner Intersect Australia.

Active surveillance guides for prostate cancer unreliable
Australian Doctor ~ Alice Klein ~ 16/02/2015

Popular risk calculators used to select prostate cancer patients for active surveillance are unreliable and should be used with caution, Australian urologists say

AMA picks holes in nurse clinic plan
6minutes ~ AAP ~ 16/02/2015

The AMA says a NSW opposition plan for nurse-led medical clinics to treat minor ailments won't relieve pressure on hospital emergency departments.

NSW cancer care takes a leap into the future
6minutes ~ Rachel Worsley ~ 16/02/2015

NSW oncology has taken a $260 million leap into the future with the welcoming of inpatients to the state’s first integrated treatment hospital.

Telstra seeking GPs for rural telemedicine service
Rural Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 13/02/2015

One of the country’s biggest telecommunications companies has started recruiting GPs to work on its Sydney call centre offering diagnoses, referrals and prescriptions to rural and remote Australia.

Medicare funded telehealth faces uncertain future
Rural Doctor ~ Michael Woodhead ~ 13/02/2015

Cuts to federal funding have put the brakes on the development of rural telehealth programs, a new report suggests.

Cut wasteful services, not funding: AHHA
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 12/02/2015

INSTEAD of focusing on price signals and spending cuts, the government should take aim at waste in the health system such as unnecessary GP visits, tests and treatments, a leading public health body says.

Abbott redux needs to revisit ‘sustainable’ health spending
Medical Observer ~ Jane Hill & Kees Van Gool ~ 11/02/2015

THE Abbott government “reset” provides a valuable opportunity to reconsider health policies based on the idea that Australia’s health system is unsustainable. But first it will need to embrace a new understanding of what a sustainable health-care sector actually is.

No co-payment without doctors: Abbott
6minutes ~ AAP ~ 10/02/2015

Tony Abbott has promised not to push ahead with any new Medicare co-payment proposals without the support of doctors.

Time for a new approach to health spending
Pharmacy News ~ Christie Moffat ~ 10/02/2015

The Abbott Government needs to embrace a new understanding of sustainable health care as part of its policy “reset”, health economists say.

GPs meet to plan fight with Govt over co-pay cuts
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 09/02/2015

Hundreds of GPs have met in forums across Australia to discuss the battle against the looming Medicare co-payment cuts.

Co-pay will force practices to close, warn GPs
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 09/02/2015

GPs are warning of mass practice closures under the Federal Government's co-payment plan, which is predicted to reduce GP billings by up to $40,000 a year.

Social media storm over Dunedin Hospital
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 09/02/2015

A Dunedin gib-stopper is behind a social media campaign to “Save Dunedin Hospital from being downgraded” which attracted more than 10,000 supporters over the long weekend,

Abbott agrees to consult on GP rebate cut
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 09/02/2015

THE GP rebate cut is hanging by a thread after Prime Minister Tony Abbott survived a backbench revolt with a vow to be more consultative on key policies.

Prime minister must talk to angry GPs: AMA
6minutes ~ AAP ~ 09/02/2015

The prime minister should dump planned changes to Medicare and talk to angry frontline GPs, the Australian Medical Association says.

Debate: why aren’t we further ahead with assistive technology?
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Staff writers ~ 06/02/2015

Since demonstration sites appeared locally almost a decade ago, the potential for smart home technologies to support Australia’s growing older population has been evident.

Little co-payment research, Senate told
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 06/02/2015

CANBERRA bureaucrats have faced a Senate committee grilling over the lack of research they carried out on the hidden impacts of the government’s embattled co-payment policy.

Virtual GP practice set to launch online
Medical Observer ~ New Zealand Doctor ~ 06/02/2015

A NEW GP service, which does away with a bricks and mortar practice and uses video chat to see patients instead, is set to launch in New Zealand this month.

RACGP demands more time for Medicare
6minutes ~ Amanda Davey ~ 06/02/2015

The RACGP wants the government to place a six-month moratorium on the proposed changes to Medicare.

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