Australasian health week in review: March 21

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

Patient info stored online as NZ pharmacies connect to ePrescription repository
New Zealand Herald ~ Nicholas Jones ~ 19/03/2015

Details of people's prescriptions are being fed into an online repository from pharmacies across the country.

Microsoft Internet Explorer to stay
The Australian ~ Chris Griffith ~ 18/03/2015

Microsoft will stick with Internet Explorer for non-Windows 10 platforms and isn’t ditching the browser altogether as some reports claim.

GPs sought for eating disorder referral register
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 18/03/2015

A national counselling service for people with eating disorders needs GPs.

Are smartwatches worth it? ~ Lee Suckling ~ 18/03/2015

Apple's Watch is finally going on sale next month (though not in New Zealand) and the world is supposed to be really excited about it.

Adobe rolls out web-based tools for wrangling PDFs ~ Jack Clark ~ 18/03/2015

Adobe Systems is sending PDFs into the cloud. The software maker, which helped to make the portable file format ubiquitous, is rolling out web-based tools

Telstra, Cisco announce Spark: it’s in with virtual rooms, out with email
The Australian ~ Chris Griffith ~ 18/03/2015

THE role of email as the central pillar of collaboration in organisations could begin to wane, thanks to a partnership between Telstra and Cisco.

New interdisciplinary MOOC on ageing to be launched
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 18/03/2015

Professionals working in aged care are being encouraged to sign up for a free online multidisciplinary course described as “TED Talks on fire” that aims to challenge what it means to age well now and in the future.

Call for real-time drug monitoring
Medical Observer ~ Ruby Prosser Scully ~ 17/03/2015

Tamper-proof oxycodone is no panacea for prescription opioid abuse, according to a US study that has prompted Australian specialists to renew calls for national real-time drug monitoring to deter doctor-shoppers.

RACGP accreditation standards under review
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 17/03/2015

The RACGP said it would consult widely with the profession on the fifth edition of the standards, which should be released in October 2017.

Online authority script approvals on way
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 16/03/2015

GPs could soon be able to go online for approval to prescribe PBS authority script drugs.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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