Australasian health week in review: March 14

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

Authority scripts to be automated?
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 12/03/2015

The Department of Human Services is considering a plan to automate the PBS authority approvals process, in an overhaul that would give GPs online approval to prescribe many drugs.

Health websites ‘too difficult to read’
6minutes ~ Bronwyn Walenkamp ~ 12/03/2015

Information on most consumer health websites is too complex for lay Australians to read and understand, according to a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Bad governance behind Defence eHealth cost blowout
ITNews ~ Juha Saarinen ~ 11/03/2015

A $110 million cost blowout to the Department of Defence's new eHealth system was a result of deficient planning, budgeting and risk management, the national audit office has found.

Audit blames Defence Department for e-health project bungle
The Australian ~ Fran Foo ~ 11/03/2015

THE Department of Defence misinformed its minister in an e-health project that subsequently blew out by a whopping $110 million, a new audit report found.

Wearable tech - Natasha Williams, Impactwear
New Zealand Herald ~ Caitlin Sykes ~ 11/03/2015

We've developed a garment that uses advanced material technology to provide impact protection to help prevent a fall-related hip fracture.

New smart home solution for Australia
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 11/03/2015

A home monitoring system that learns and adapts to a person’s daily routine and sends alerts based on unusual behaviour is among new CDC-friendly solutions to be unveiled by technology vendor Hills in Sydney today.

ResearchKit puts you under the microscope
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Julie Steenhuysen ~ 10/03/2015

Health researchers are targeting millions of smartphone users with Apple's new software tool, hoping to collect an unprecedented amount of data on major diseases by tracking their behaviours via iPhone.

Attention deficit is coming on an industrial scale
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Stephen Hutcheon ~ 10/03/2015

The Apple Watch is not so much a digital timepiece as it is a handcuff, one that shackles the wearer to a life of distraction, interruption and a constant flow of superfluous data.

Bulk-billing revamp on way
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 09/03/2015

The Federal Government is expected to lift the ban on GPs charging a fee for bulk-billed services in an attempt to offset the damage caused by its MBS rebate freeze.

Wearable tech - Ben O'Brien, StretchSense
New Zealand Herald ~ Caitlin Sykes ~ 09/03/2013

What once seemed like science fiction - being able to tap into the internet via your watch or your glasses - is now becoming reality.

Expert calls for agreement on breast screening
6minutes ~ Amanda Davey ~ 06/03/2015

Agreement between experts about overdiagnosis in breast cancer screening is urgently needed so that women can be better informed, argues a Sydney public health practitioner.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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