Australasian health week in review: June 20

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

Cat videos boost mood: study
Medical Observer ~ Rada Rouse ~ 19/06/2015

Watching cat videos on the internet could be a low-cost intervention improving emotional wellbeing, a researcher says.

Advertising blitz for patient portals reaches mainstream media
NZ Doctor ~ Reynald Castaneda ~ 19/06/2015

It’s full steam ahead for an awareness campaign championing patient portals with advertising materials hitting mainstream media.

Cat lovers rejoice: watching online videos lowers stress and makes you happy
The Conversation ~ Sasha Petrova ~ 18/06/2015

Watching cute cat videos and looking at their online pictures may not be a waste of time. A new study has found doing so could boost energy levels and increase feelings of happiness.

Smartphone app to transmit 111 caller's location ~ Aimee Gulliver ~ 18/06/2015

A new smartphone application will automatically provide the location of mobile phone callers to emergency services from July 2016, an innovation that is expected to save lives and reduce damage and theft of property.

Collaboration helps New Zealand med-tech sector take on world
New Zealand Herald ~ Diana Siew ~ 18/06/2015

When people talk about the New Zealand health technology sector, they tend to think about two companies - Orion Health and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.

Marriage of man and machine opens new world for disabled
The Australian ~ Chris Griffith ~ 18/06/2015

Mind control is nearly here thanks to a device invented by a former Channel Seven newsreader that lets humans operate an iPhone or iPad without moving a muscle.

Southern DHB sacked, commissioner and deputies appointed
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 17/06/2015

Southern DHB has been sacked, replaced by a commissioner, a Dunedin legal consultant with business and governance experience, but none in health, who takes up the role tomorrow, 18 June.

MRI backlog as Wellington's ageing scanner keeps breaking down ~ Ben Heather ~ 17/06/2015

Wellington Hospital's only MRI scanner, which is crucial for detecting cancers, is breaking down repeatedly and causing the backlog of untreated patients to grow.

IT sector's 'image problem': Deloitte Access Economics report warns of skills demand
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Matthew Knott ~ 16/06/2015

Australia will need an extra 100,000 information and communications technology workers by the end of the decade, but the sector suffers an "image problem" that could be hampering its ability to attract high achievers, a report has found.

Bright ideas carry tech into the future
New Zealand Herald ~ Jamie Morton ~ 15/06/2015

From Google Glass to Bluetooth watches, the world of wearable technology is booming. So what happens when you add a bit of Kiwi ingenuity?

Posted in Australian eHealth

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