Australasian health week in review: April 4

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

State government scraps Peter Mac Private hospital
The Age ~ Julia Medew ~ 03/04/2015

The Victorian Government has scrapped plans for a private hospital inside the new $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre that was meant to be open for privately insured Australians and wealthy international tourists next year.

NZ's growing technology sector worth $23.5 billion ~ John Anthony ~ 02/04/2015

The ICT sector is now worth about 10 per cent of gross domestic product.

Patient experience survey set to roll out in July
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 02/04/2015

A pilot survey of patients’ experiences in primary care has begun and is set to be rolled out nationally in July.

Purchase brings Houston under Best Practice umbrella
NZ Doctor ~ Reynald Castaneda ~ 02/04/2015

Australian health IT provider Best Practice has bought the New Zealand and Australian operations of another health IT provider Houston Medical.

Ten apps for rheumatologists and their patients
6minutes ~ Bronwyn Walenkamp ~ 02/04/2015

It’s early days, but iphone and android apps for rheumatology conditions are gradually making their way onto the market.

Department of Health awards $242M contract to Datacom
CIO Magazine ~ Byron Connolly ~ 01/04/2015

The Federal Department of Health has awarded a $242 million contract for the supply of ICT infrastructure and support services to Datacom. IBM had held this contract for the past 16 years.

Telstra grows telehealth portfolio with Medibank business
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 01/04/2015

Telstra today further bolstered its portfolio of electronic health offerings with the acquisition of Medibank telehealth business Anywhere Healthcare.

Datacom swipes mega Health outsourcing deal from IBM
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 01/04/2015

The 15-year relationship between IBM and the federal Department of Health has drawn to an end, after the agency today announced it has signed a new $242 million deal with Datacom.

Prescribers faxing prescriptions outside of legal timeframe
NZ Doctor ~ Michelle Norton ~ 01/04/2015

More than 80 per cent of pharmacists receive faxed prescriptions from prescribers outside of the legal timeframe, according to a Community Pharmacy Service Programme survey.

Metadata law threatens patients’ privacy
Australian Doctor ~ Alice Klein ~ 01/04/2015

Medical privacy and the confidential doctor—patient relationship are under threat from the Federal Government's new metadata retention laws, senators and data experts warn.

Online quiz to lure rural GPs
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 27/03/2015

An online personality test launched by a Queensland regional training provider aims to identify future rural GPs as early as high school.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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