Australasian health week in review: May 30

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

Telehealth in rural areas suffering from quality and speed bumps
NZ Doctor ~ Virginia McMillan ~ 29/05/2015

Video consultations are sparing many sick West Coast children the 200km return trip to Christchurch, but even the telecommunications minister agrees “we are only scratching the surface” of telehealth.

We will overturn indexation freeze: AMA vow
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 29/05/2015

AMA president Associate Professor Brian Owler has vowed to focus on overturning the MBS indexation freeze following the victorious campaign against the GP co-payment.

Capitation increases, ‘reasonable’ fee amount decreases
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 28/05/2015

Capitation funding will increase from an original proposal but the amount practices can increase their fees by, without triggering a fees review process, will reduce from an original proposal of 1.83 per cent to 1.4 per cent.

Wanted: providers to test new CDC software
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 27/05/2015

Community aged care providers are being sought to test a mobile software tool that enables care managers to get electronic sign-off for a consumer directed care (CDC) agreement at the initial visit.

Ted Pretty to be replaced as CEO of Hills
The Australian ~ AAP ~ 27/05/2015

Hills Group chief executive Ted Pretty has made a sudden exit from the revamped technology company.

Orion Health reports $61m loss, revenue growing strong
New Zealand Herald ~ BusinessDesk ~ 26/05/2015

Orion Health, the healthcare system software developer, reported a $60.8 million loss for the year to March 31, in line with its strategy to grow revenues before becoming profitable, and beat its prospectus forecast for annualised revenue growth.

Telstra puts doctors on call with ReadyCare
The Australian ~ Marie Hogg ~ 26/05/2015

Telstra’s latest addition to its e-health portfolio is set to marshal the resources and skills of full-time doctors to deliver ­convenience-driven healthcare through a ­mobile app and telephone service.

Government invests $360m in broadband rollouts
ZDNet ~ Josh Taylor ~ 22/05/2015

The New Zealand government will invest a further $NZ360 million in its ultra-fast broadband and rural broadband projects as part of this year's Budget.

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