Australasian health week in review: February 28

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health and eHealth articles from third-party sources:

Taxpayers have spent more than $1 billion on a digital health record that doctors won’t use ~ Sue Dunlevy ~ 27/02/2015

Australians could have had a hip replacement, a knee replacement or a brain tumour removed for the money it has cost to create the shared health summaries on their e-health records.

Date for new hospital 'slipping'
Otago Daily Times ~ Eileen Goodwin ~ 27/02/2015

The Government's time frame for a new clinical services building at Dunedin Hospital appears to have slipped.

New details emerge on dementia response teams
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Linda Belardi ~ 27/02/2015

The Federal Government’s new Severe Behaviour Response Teams to be introduced midyear will target only residents with very extreme symptoms of dementia.

Welcome to the internet of everything
New Zealand Herald ~ Holly Ryan ~ 27/02/2015

Rise in number of devices connecting online being driven by consumers and advances in technology

Doctors oppose direct notification of results
Australian Doctor ~ Michael Woodhead ~ 26/02/2015

Moves to have test results sent directly to patients to reduce "missed results" incidents have been opposed by doctors, citing concerns about anxiety and misinterpretation

Medicare changes may lead to patient cross-subsidisation
6minutes ~ AAP ~ 26/02/2015

Doctors may need to charge some patients more than the mooted $5 co-payment to cover their losses from bulk billing, a Senate estimates hearing has been told.

Box Hill Hospital completes core IT rollout
CIO Magazine ~ Byron Connolly ~ 25/02/2015

Box Hill Hospital has completed its core ICT infrastructure rollout, where it is improving interaction between clinicians and their patients at Eastern Health’s newly redeveloped facility.

FHIR ignites visions of a health app ecosystem
ZDNet ~ Rob O'Neill ~ 24/02/2015

A new health information standard is promising to speed application development, interoperability and boost information sharing in the sector, especially on mobile platforms.

Suicide prevention app i-bobbly is saving lives, developers say
ABC News ~ Natalie Jones ~ 22/02/2015

The Australian developers of a mobile phone app designed to help youth at risk of suicide say the product is making a difference after a trial in Broome.

Telehealth: The healthcare and aged care revolution that can pay for the whole NBN
ABC News ~ Nick Ross ~ 20/02/2015

In the toxic fact-free zone that represents the bulk of National Broadband Network discussion, most people would be shocked to know that the NBN is likely worth building for the healthcare benefits alone

Election manifesto proposes big savings
Pharmacy News ~ Christie Moffat ~ 20/02/2015

A medical cannabis programme, community liaison pharmacists, vaccinations, pharmacy ownership, participation in mental health and electronic reporting of controlled drugs

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.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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