Australasian health week in review: June 6

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health, IT and eHealth news:

Qld Health rehires payroll Mr Fix-It as new boss
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 05/06/2015

Head of NSW Health’s IT branch Michael Walsh is set to return to Queensland after being handed the job of running the state’s largest government department.

James Cook University, Griffith researchers develop tool to improve social media tracking of emergencies
ABC News ~ Isobel Roe ~ 05/06/2015

North Queensland researchers have developed a tool that can pinpoint the location of an emergency by tracking social media posts.

Call for aged care to ensure eHealth compliance
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 05/06/2015

Aged care organisations need to ensure they are using the agreed national eHealth infrastructure, according to the chair of the authority supporting the national uptake of eHealth, who says help is on hand for any provider that wants it.

GPs to control after-hours care
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 05/06/2015

Control of after-hours primary care is being returned to GPs in a back-to-the-future move that practice principals are advised to study carefully.

Apple WWDC 2015: seven things to know
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Hannah Francis ~ 04/06/2015

A revamped Apple TV box will be a no-show, but developers are set to get a bunch of new tools that could result in better apps coming to the Apple Watch, if reports are accurate.

The Australian Government shows how not to do research about how to treat diabetes
The Conversation ~ David Glance ~ 04/06/2015

In an attempt to improve the treatment of diabetes, the Australian Government has completed a $34 million research project investigating the effectiveness of new methods of care coordination, enhanced through the use of technology.

Why Microsoft NZ is betting big on Windows 10
Computerworld ~ James Henderson ~ 04/06/2015

They won’t admit it, but in launching Windows 10, Microsoft will desperately seek to undo the disaster of Windows 8.

Health minister scraps new performance measures, for now
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 03/06/2015

Health minister Jonathan Coleman has scrapped plans to introduce new performance measures this year, opting to wait for outcomes of large health sector reviews before moving ahead.

Consultation on Auckland after-hours phone triage begins
NZ Doctor ~ Cliff Taylor ~ 03/06/2015

The Auckland Regional After Hours Network has launched a consultation on a telephone health advice service for the region.

Dump snail mail, future is e-health
Medical Observer ~ Nathan Pinskier ~ 02/06/2015

It seems incredible that in 2015, fax and post are still the main ways GPs receive potentially life-saving patient information.

Govt needs to get real about digital investment
New Zealand Herald ~ Chris Barton ~ 02/05/2015

Let the trumpets sound. Budget 2015 set aside some further money to advance speedy internet in God's Own Country: up to $210 million to expand the $1.35 billion ultrafast broadband (UFB) fibre coverage from 76 per cent to 80 per cent of New Zealand's population;

MedicalDirector puts patients in touch with host of apps
The Australian ~ Jennifer Foreshew ~ 02/06/2015

Software company Medical-Director’s move into the consumer space will see it push out several new apps this year, including a teleconsult app for patients.

Hospitals data suggest primary care fixes urgently needed
NZ Doctor ~ Virginia McMillan ~ 02/06/2015

New Zealand still has much to learn about how to provide primary care equitably, according to the lead researcher in a study revealing huge disparities in hospital admission rates.

Pharmacy’s $19b deal a ‘political’ move
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 29/05/2015

Doctors and consumer groups say the government has folded to the pharmacy sector with a new $19 billion agreement that puts politics above patient care.

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