Australasian health week in review: June 27

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

Turnbull's NBN gets ACCC green light
iTNews ~ Andrew Sadauskas ~ 26/06/2015

Telstra’s revised definitive agreements to hand over its copper and HFC networks to NBN has come into force after the competition regulator today said it had approved the telco's migration plan.

Seniors taking to the internet to reduce loneliness
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 26/06/2015

A growing number of tech-savvy seniors is using the internet to reduce the impact of social isolation, according to a survey commissioned by nbn, the company building the national broadband network.

NBN network deal with Telstra sealed
The Australian ~ Mitchell Bingemann ~ 26/06/2015

Telstra will begin handing over its copper and cable networks to the company building the National Broadband Network after the competition regulator rubberstamped the two companies’ $11 billion deal.

Australia falls in Akamai broadband ratings
Computerworld ~ Hamish Barwick ~ 26/06/2015

Australia has dipped in worldwide broadband connectivity rankings measured by Akamai according to the company’s quarterly State of the Internet report, despite a growth in average connection speeds.

Draft New Zealand Health Strategy expected next week
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 26/06/2015

Primary care representatives were invited to take part in a workshop last week designed to gather information to help develop a new national health strategy.

Telstra wins big from mobile blackspot program
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 25/06/2015

Telstra has emerged as the big winner from the government's $100 million mobile blackspot program. The telco will build the lion's share of new and upgraded mobile base stations under the program, while rival Optus will build none.

IT workers in the Australian Public Service are on the rise
Canberra Times ~ Noel Towell ~ 24/06/2015

The Australian Public Service has slashed its army of private sector IT contractors by more than half, taking its tech operations nearly all in-house, according to a new Finance Department report.

War of words over Grattan Institute PBS report
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 24/06/2015

The pharmaceutical industry has rejected a Grattan Institute report calling for an independent federal drug-purchasing agency to bring down costs to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

NSW Budget 2015: tech funding at a glance
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 23/06/2015

The NSW government has delivered significant new funding to bust congestion of the state's roadways and equip cops with new technology in its 2015 budget.

After-hours GPs act as ‘mobile pharmacists’
Australian Doctor ~ Serkan Ozturk ~ 23/06/2015

An after-hours care service that has doctors moonlighting as mobile pharmacists has come under fire from some of its own GPs.

VPN providers say business will boom after anti-piracy bill passes Senate
ABC News ~ Will Ockenden ~ 23/06/2015

Providers of VPNs or virtual private networks say they're expecting business to boom in coming days, after a bill to block piracy related websites passed the Senate last night.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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