Australasian health week in review: March 28

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

Telstra buys UK's health analytics firm Dr Foster to boost profits
Sydney Morning Herald ~ David Ramli ~ 27/03/2015

Telstra has acquired British health analytics company Dr Foster in a deal estimated to be worth between $40 million to 50 million as part of its recent push to grow profits from non-traditional businesses.

Sending the health company to Arizona
New Zealand Herald ~ Alexander Speirs ~ 26/03/2015

Paul Viskovich started the North American business for Orion Health in 2002 and now heads the sales operation globally.

GPs labelled ‘meat inspectors’ in e-health gaffe
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 26/03/2015

An embarrassing fault that labelled PCEHR users “meat inspectors” has raised questions of transparency and accountability in the eHealth system.

Call for national telehealth plan to improve rural health
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 25/03/2015

Australia needs a national telehealth plan to improve health outcomes and save health dollars and it must include the needs of rural, remote and indigenous communities.

Connectivity even more vital for rural users
New Zealand Herald ~ Juha Saarinen ~ 25/03/2015

Broadband rollout needs to be carried out properly to protect smaller local providers.

Wearables are the next smartphones, says Telstra
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Hannah Francis ~ 23/03/2015

If you ever had any doubt about the significance of the latest buzz phrase in tech – the "internet of things" – here's some food for thought.

Guild fires back over 5CPA costs claim
Pharmacy News ~ Chris Brooker ~ 23/03/2015

The Pharmacy Guild has dismissed new questions regarding the administration of Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement programs and funds.

Rebate freeze will force GPs to charge $8 co-pay
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 23/03/2015

GPs will need to charge around half their patients an $8 co-payment to survive the proposed Medicare rebate freeze, according to new research.

Rebate freeze battle ‘not over’
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 23/03/2015

Doctors now have some measure of the financial shadow about to fall on general practice from the government’s rebate freeze.

Fred unveils a new look
Pharmacy News ~ Christie Moffat ~ 20/03/2015

The Fred IT Group has launched a revamped version of its website.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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