Australasian health week in review: February 21

Here's our weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health and eHealth articles from third-party sources:

Apple Watch fit enough for Australia's $400 million smartwatch boom
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Hannah Francis ~ 20/02/2015

Analysts are tipping the imminent arrival of the Apple Watch will kickstart a $400 million boom in the smartwatch market in Australia over the next three years.

New Zealand tops OECD fibre broadband subscription growth
ZDNet ~ Leon Spencer ~ 20/02/2015

New Zealand has topped an OECD report in fibre-based broadband uptake growth, with the country seeing a 272 percent surge in new fibre subscriptions for the year ending June 2014.

Telstra CEO David Thoday steps down
Sydney Morning Herald ~ David Ramli ~ 20/02/2015

Telstra chief executive David Thodey has stepped down from the post after more than five years in the job.

Axing census would cost healthcare dollars
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 19/02/2015

PUBLIC health and medical groups are alarmed that any moves to axe the Australian census would come at a cost to healthcare planning.

We can increase GP funding, say insurers
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 19/02/2015

Private health funds say they want to “explore” ways they can fund GP care which delivers improved patient outcomes.

Ley backs away from co-payment link to research
6minutes ~ AAP ~ 19/02/2015

The federal health minister appears to be backing away from a budget proposal to funnel money from GP co-payments into a medical research fund.

Dump the co-payment: Primary Health Care
Medical Observer ~ AAP ~ 19/02/2015

Primary Health Care is urging the health minister to dump the controversial Medicare co-payment and resist the temptation to replace it with another fee for GP visits.

Doctor-rating website using AHPRA records
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 18/02/2015

AHPRA says a mysterious new website that lets patients anonymously rate their doctors is using the agency’s records without permission.

No guarantee co-pay will go into research: Sussan Ley
Australian Doctor ~ AAP ~ 18/02/2014

The federal health minister appears to be backing away from a budget proposal to funnel money raised from a planned GP visit co-payment into a medical research fund.

Medical files found in unused house
Radio New Zealand ~ RNZ ~ 17/02/2015

A Plunket investigation is underway following the discovery of nearly 100 20-year-old medical records in an unused Taranaki house

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.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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