Australasian health week in review: April 25

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

Campaign launched to help increase patient portal uptake
NZ Doctor ~ Reynald Castaneda ~ 23/04/2015

MedPlus Family Medical Centre in Takapuna, Auckland hosted the health minister Jonathan Coleman today to launch the IT Health Board’s patient portal awareness campaign.

Real-time monitoring vital: Avant
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 23/04/2015

Diffuse regulation and poor legal knowledge about prescribing addictive drugs is putting patients in danger and leaving GPs open to legal strife.

Electronic triage on agenda as e-referrals roll out in South Island
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 23/04/2015

Now that e-referrals are being used in all South Island DHBs, plans are afoot to introduce e-triage.

Doctors say patients are dying because of inadequate IT systems
The Age ~ Julia Medew ~ 22/04/2015

Victorians are dying because of inadequate IT systems for hospital staff to communicate crucial information about their care to GPs, doctors say – with many still relying on faxes.

Queensland Health poaches Suncorp IT exec
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 22/04/2015

Suncorp divisional chief information officer Colin McCririck has left the financial services organisation to lead IT service delivery across the entire Queensland health system.

Medicare review 'not a savings exercise': Ley
6minutes ~ Amanda Davey ~ 22/04/2015

Health Minister Sussan Ley insists a wide-ranging Medicare review will not be a savings exercise, but has confirmed the freeze on GP and specialist Medicare payments will stay put for now.

Ambulance Victoria adopts online system to save lives
CIO Magazine ~ Bonnie Gardiner ~ 21/04/2015

Ambulance Victoria is working with software company Readify to develop technology that helps treat people who are critically ill.

Coverage of free GP visits for injured under-13s questioned
NZ Doctor ~ Reynald Castaneda ~ 21/04/2015

The Government’s key election promise of free GP consultations for under-13s is being challenged, with the opposition claiming planned changes will only reach 90 per cent of this cohort.

Controversial doctor-rating website taken offline
Medical Observer~ Flynn Murphy ~ 17/04/2015

A mysterious doctor-rating website that used information from AHPRA’s register of practitioners without permission has disappeared from the web.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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