Australasian health week in review: May 9

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

A nail in the heart of the MJA
Australian Doctor ~ Stephen Leeder ~ 08/05/2015

Efforts to cut the cost of producing the Medical Journal of Australia have driven a nail into its heart.


Concern over meagre capitation increase
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 07/05/2015

PHO and contracted provider representatives have expressed their concern about the Ministry of Health’s proposal to increase capitation by a meagre amount this year.


Outsourcing puts Medical Journal of Australia at risk
The Conversation ~ Stephen Leeder ~ 06/05/2015

Publishing is a volatile and competitive business. The Australian Medical Association (AMA), the owner of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA), rightly wants to ensure the highly trusted journal is produced with maximum efficiency while satisfying its editorial objectives.


Want to reform Medicare? Target specialist services, not primary care
The Conversation ~ Peter Sivey ~ 06/05/2015

The government’s latest attempt at Medicare reform is a review of Medicare-funded items. The aim is to improve and modernise clinical practice by de-funding low-value and ineffective health services. Savings will go to fund the promised medical research future fund.


Millions more may be spent on eHealth records
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 05/05/2015

The government is expected to recommit to the personally controlled eHealth record in the federal budget despite failing to respond to a 500-day-old review of the bug-riddled system.


Patient information goes on-line in the Hutt Valley
Dominion Post ~ Simon Edwards ~ 05/05/2015

Health professionals in the Hutt Valley will now be able to call up patient information instantly under a new computer-based Shared Care Record system - unless the individual has elected to opt out.


Snelling insists e-health on track for new RAH
InDaily ~ Bension Siebert ~ 04/05/2015

The State Government’s $422 million Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) will be functional “on day one” of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, Health Minister Jack Snelling says.


Digital technology crucial to Telstra's mission to revolutionise health
The Australian ~ Mitchell Bingemann ~ 04/05/2015

Telstra’s stand-alone health unit is on a mission to revolutionise the nation’s strained healthcare system with plans to slash hospital waiting times, improve patient-to-doctor relations and usher in a new era of telehealth services that will elevate the telco as the ­nation’s premier e-health service providers by 2020.


Ley to announce multimillion-dollar 'rescue package' for Labor health scheme
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Adam Gartrell ~ 02/05/2015

The Abbott government will spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to salvage a Labor's electronic health scheme that has been branded an irredeemable failure.


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