Australasian health week in review: June 13
Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health, IT and eHealth news:
Hard decisions on CDC software
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 12/06/2015
CIOs and executives know it is all systems go for consumer directed care from next month, yet the information and communications technology to support its delivery are still evolving.
Medicare toolkit dubbed ‘more crap’
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 12/06/2015
The Department of Human Services has developed an exhaustive “online toolkit” to teach GPs how to avoid getting busted by Medicare investigators.
Bill may ban GPs calling themselves surgeons
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 12/06/2015
Legislation is being prepared in NSW to ban GPs and other non-surgical specialists from claiming the title surgeon, amid concerns over complications arising from procedures at skin and cosmetic clinics.
WA Health's ICT overhaul two years away, outdated systems not linked
ABC News ~ Andrew O'Connor ~ 11/06/2015
Western Australia's Health Department is still at least two years away from overhauling and linking its information technology systems state-wide.
Wikileaks: NZ health system could be 'crippled' by TPP
stuff.co.nz ~ Aimee Gulliver ~ 11/06/2015
The New Zealand health system could be "crippled" by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, analysts say documents posted online by whistleblower group Wikileaks show.
Meet the expensive 84-inch Surface Hub tablet, Microsoft's attempt at making work meetings fun
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Matthew Hall ~ 11/06/2015
As remotely-located workforces become the norm, Microsoft is pitching its newly-launched Surface Hub as an all-in-one platform so engaging workers will no longer check Facebook or emails while listening in to conference calls and meetings.
Critics say NZ and Pharmac cornered in trade-deal terms revealed by Wikileaks
NZ Doctor ~ Virginia McMillan ~ 11/06/2015
The latest leaks from major trade talks reveal "potent" clauses, with real teeth that could be used against Pharmac, doctors and lawyers are warning.
Co-payment fear cuts visits to rural GPs
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 11/06/2015
The government’s co-payment policy, despite being dropped, has led to a steep fall in GP patient numbers in rural areas, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.
Review asks whether public-private partnerships are answer to improving bush internet access
ABC News ~ Craig Zonca ~ 11/06/2015
A review of communications in regional Australia is considering how to encourage more public-private partnerships to build new mobile and internet infrastructure in remote areas.
Riskometer targets patients who have little to learn from CVD risk assessment
NZ Doctor ~ Virginia McMillan ~ 10/06/2015
A New Zealand-developed educational health app is targeting people at low or moderate risk of stroke – because it is among them that the majority of strokes occur.
WWDC 2015: Apple Music, iOS 9, OSX El Capitan - all the Apple announcements
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Tim Biggs ~ 09/06/2015
The details of everything coming soon to iOS, OSX, Apple Watch and the new cross-platform music streaming service.
Ten apps to help beat the blues
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Hannah Francis ~ 09/06/2015
10 evidence-based apps to beat the blues
Trepidation over proposal to replace Southern DHB with a commissioner
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 09/06/2015
There is some trepidation in the Southern health sector over news the health minister is considering replacing Southern District Health Board with a commissioner to resolve its financial woes.
Third NBN rebrand could cost close to $1 million
Canberra Times ~ Henry Belot ~ 08/06/2015
The third rebranding of NBN Co is expected to cost close to $1 million and an additional $4.5 million will be spent on regional television advertising.
Evolving citizen portals to enable digital government
CIO Magazine ~ Glenn Archer ~ 05/06/2015
Government portals have been used for decades to provide information to citizens, as well as simplify and consolidate online services, but there’s no denying that there has been mixed success over the years.
CSIRO, NICTA merger could cost 200 jobs
ITNews ~ Allie Coyne ~ 05/06/2015
As many as 200 workers could lose their jobs if the proposed merger of science and research bodies NICTA and CSIRO goes ahead, but the cuts would be far greater should the agencies stay separate, according to the CSIRO's chief executive.
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