Introducing Pulse IT
The promise of IT in health since the advent of the personal computer has been better patient management and practice efficiency. Despite the continual improvements to computing hardware and the software servicing the sector, the reality has been far less impressive for most medical centres.
While there will always be external factors, better education amongst the users of health technology will play a significant role in shaping the future of health IT in Australia.
Pulse IT seeks to bring doctors, practice staff and IT professionals timely, relevant articles that we hope will improve their awareness and understanding of IT and its application in health. While there will be coverage of developments that will affect medical practices in the future, our primary focus will be on solutions that are already available.
We will seek to include a diverse range of articles that will have wide appeal amongst the readership. While some articles will be of moderate technical complexity, the vast majority should be relevant and interesting to even the most computer shy person.
Each edition of Pulse IT will ship with a DVD containing software and other resources from innovative companies operating in the health arena. Typically the DVD will include demos, software updates and documentation allowing the user to increase their awareness of the great diversity of IT products available in health.
Prior to Pulse IT, cost effective mass marketing opportunities for health IT providers have simply not existed. In unison with the magazine, it is our hope that the DVD will assist quality products to quickly gain exposure and penetration Australia wide, resulting in better outcomes for the health providers and in turn, their patients.
The developers of the included software will be more than happy to assist with any enquiries you may have about their products, and will welcome suggestions for future inclusions.
All articles published in the printed edition of Pulse IT will be made available online. Like the magazine, we intend to keep our website uncluttered, maintaining a strict focus on the content. Articles wont be locked behind passwords or wedged between gratuitous advertising.
Our website has been built on a highly flexible framework, and will allow us to incorporate cutting edge technologies and new content rapidly.
To facilitate discussion and debate, we have included a commenting feature at the end of each article so that supporting and alternate views can be voiced.
While the existing software vendor forums and email lists are the ideal place to discuss issues relating to your practice software, the Pulse IT forums will serve as a place for readers to discuss IT related topics that extend beyond the boundaries of their chosen package.
I'd like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you to all our launch edition writers and sponsors. Without their leap of faith, health IT may have never received the significant coverage it deserves.
While we are proud of our first edition and have been humbled by the pre-launch interest, we can say with confidence that Pulse IT will continue to develop and become an useful and enduring part of the health IT landscape.
Simon James, Editor
Posted in Australian eHealth