Australasian health week in review: March 7

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

Bandage deal looks healthy for tech start-up
New Zealand Herald ~ Holly Ryan ~ 05/03/2015

Kiwi wearable technology start-up Footfalls & Heartbeats has signed a licensing deal with German medical company Medi for its compression sensor fabric.

New app could expose doctors to legal risks
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 05/03/2015

Doctors have been warned that a new app that allows the reporting of medical emergencies could land them in medico-legal strife.

Department demonstrates next phase of My Aged Care
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 04/03/2015

Providers will have access to the My Aged Care provider portal next month to update service information and availability in anticipation of receiving electronic referrals from 1 July, but they need to prepare now, a departmental sector briefing has heard

Website offers repeat referrals and sick notes
Australian Doctor ~ Kate Aubusson ~ 04/03/2015

An internet start-up is offering patients repeat referrals and sick notes after a five-minute Skype call with a GP

Mixed messages on Medicare price signals
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 04/03/2015

Health Minister Sussan Ley has ruled out means-testing bulk-billing as the government continues sending mixed messages over its latest co-payment backdown

Truly awful: Centrelink, Medicare apps slammed
The Canberra Times ~ Noel Towell ~ 04/03/2015

The federal government's range of Medicare and Centrelink online apps are so bad they are getting claimants kicked off benefits, users have complained

Co-payment dumped: Govt
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 03/03/2015

The federal government has dumped part of its GP co-payment plan but will retain a freeze on MBS rebates until 2018, Health Minister Sussan Ley announced today

Wrong call on brain cancer
6minutes ~ Rachel Worsley ~ 03/03/2015

New Zealand researchers have published new data debunking the theory that mobile phones cause brain cancer

Anti-smoking group urges NZ to adopt plain tobacco packaging ~ Ben Heather ~ 02/03/2015

Anti-smoking groups want the Government to move faster on plain tobacco packaging legislation

$5 co-pay cut to go, rebate freeze scaled back
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith & AAP ~ 02/03/2015

The $5 GP rebate cut is expected to be dumped this week and the four-year freeze on MBS rebates scaled back

Doctor rating site ‘scraping’ rego details
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 01/03/2015

A doctor rating website has been lifting information regarding doctors’ registration status that is currently stored on the AHPRA website

Patients wait months for MRI scans
6minutes ~ Angus Livingston ~ 27/02/2015

Patients can wait three months for an MRI scan in northern Melbourne, while those in the south often wait just 10 days

Posted in Australian eHealth

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