Australasian health week in review: May 16

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

Cordial, if not close – GPs describe their relationship with pharmacists
NZ Doctor ~ Keira Stephenson ~ 15/05/2015

Cordial, even if not close, is how most GPs in a survey describe their relationships with community pharmacists.

Immigration CIO leaves to join Health
ITNews ~ Allie Coyne ~ 15/05/2015

The Department of Immigration's chief information officer Matt Yannopoulos will leave the agency to take over as CIO at the federal Department of Health.

WA budget 2015: $19m facelift for Royal Perth Hospital
Perth Now ~ Kara Vickery ~ 14/05/2015

Royal Perth Hospital will get a $19 million facelift and retain its title as the state’s premier trauma hospital.

Level B rebate freeze to cost GPs $413m
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 14/05/2015

GPs are set to lose $413 million in MBS funding for standard consultations as a result of the indexation freeze, according to the Federal Government’s own estimates.

Backers start website in fight to reinstate Leeder
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 14/05/2015

Eight contributors to the Medical Journal of Australia have launched a campaign to have the board of AMPCo sacked and reinstate the journal’s editor-in-chief, Professor Stephen Leeder

Northern DHBs unite in search of single hospital system
NZ Doctor ~ Rey Castaneda ~ 14/05/2015

Upper North Island DHBs are working to find a single management system for their collective hospitals and other facilities.

Outrage over lack of detail on health cuts
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 13/05/2015

In a pre-budget briefing, health department staff could provide little detail on $1.7 billion in planned cuts other than what was handed to them in a two-page press release, outraged health stakeholders say.

Budget: Call for aged care to be part of opt-out e-health trials
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 13/05/2015

Aged care should be a key participant in the health department’s trials of an opt-out e-health record system but further investment is still needed to ensure older Australians benefit from digital health.

What's in the budget for health?
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 13/05/2015

This year's federal budget for health is a lot like an iceberg — plenty to see on the surface, but what lurks beneath?

Budget 2015: Funding for NDIS IT, Centrelink payments platform
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 13/05/2015

The government's second budget sets aside $143 million over four years for IT systems to help deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

IBM wins IaaS contract with NZ Ministry of Health
ZDNet ~ Aimee Chanthadavong ~ 13/05/2015

IBM has been selected by the New Zealand Ministry of Health to deliver an onshore infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud model.

​The rapid rise of smartphone health care
ZDNet ~ Leon Spencer ~ 11/05/2015

At the beginning of May, Australian medical doctor Ash Collins launched a new app-based telehealth service called MyOnlineClinic, a platform that Collins claims gives patients a completely portable medical service.

Australian government injects AU$485m into e-health records
ZDNet ~ Josh Taylor ~ 10/05/2015

The Australian government has announced that it will inject AU$485 million into a "rebooted" personally controlled e-health record system (PCEHR), to be known as myHealth Record.

Govt to make e-health records opt-out
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 10/05/2015

The federal government plans to create electronic health records for all Australians by default in the hope an opt-out model will counter the slow take up of the former PCEHR system, now known as myHealth Record.

Australians to benefit from Sussan Ley's ehealth health records revamp
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Adam Gartrell ~ 10/05/2015

Australians will get easier access to their medical records and be at less risk of treatment and prescription blunders under a revamped e-health system that will cost the Abbott government at least half a billion dollars.

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