Australasian health week in review: July 4

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

Internet in the land of the long trenches
The Dominion Post ~ Stephen Gale ~ 03/07/2015

On Thursday the Commerce Commission took a further step toward finalising the wholesale broadband prices Chorus can charge internet service providers (ISPs) like Vodafone, Spark and CallPlus. This process affects every New Zealand household and business that uses broadband internet.

24/7 televideo e-health: the doctor will see you now … via video
The Australian ~ Mitchell Bingemann ~ 02/07/2015

Doctors’ appointments could soon go the way of the landline telephone with the launch of ­Telstra’s flagship telemedicine service ReadyCare, a 24/7 video and telephone hotline that will provide advice, treatment, diagnosis and prescriptions directly into people’s homes.

New Royal Adelaide Hospital faces a dud IT system, surgeons say ~ Brad Crouch ~ 02/07/2015

The troubled $422 million IT system that is meant to run the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is “disastrous”, according to surgeons who have rejected State Government assurances that all is well.

Two-thirds of GPs will raise fees due to freeze
Australian Doctor ~ Serkan Ozturk ~ 02/07/2015

Medical practices are already raising fees to cope with the rebate freeze amid claims that 60% of GPs will stop bulk-billing or charge patients a higher private fee.

Electronic patient records system faces further cost blowouts and problems, SA Auditor-General warns
ABC News ~ ~ 01/07/2015

The rollout of an electronic medical records system in South Australian hospitals may still face further delays and cost blowouts, the auditor-general has warned.

Abbott government's rebadged Medicare Locals tied up in legal stoush over name
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Heath Aston ~ 01/07/2015

It's the type of bureaucratic blunder that could provide the script for an episode of Rob Sitch's satire Utopia or Yes Minister.

Mars Bar-sized device can decode your DNA
New Zealand Herald ~ Jamie Morton ~ 01/07/2015

Finding out what nasty bugs are in your system could soon be done much faster thanks to a Mars Bar-sized device capable of quickly decoding your genetic make-up.

Department of Health tells providers they can't use 'primary health network' in any marketing, branding
ABC News ~ Sophie Scott ~ 30/06/2015

The launch of the Federal Government's new primary health networks has been thrown into confusion with the new organisations told they cannot use the name "primary health network" in any marketing or branding without independent legal advice.

NBN satellite to give bush a cleaner bill of health
The Australian ~ Supratim Adhikari ~ 30/06/2015

The NBN satellite service promises to deliver a boon for rural Australia with results of one telehealth pilot program highlighting its enormous potential to provide diagnostic health services to those in remote locations.

Victoria looks for new emergency services CIO
iTNews ~ Andrew Sadauskas ~ 30/06/2015

The Victorian agency responsible for triple zero services in the state is hunting for a new chief information officer after its former tech chief was given a promotion.

Medical privacy 'at risk'
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 29/06/2015

A national privacy rights group has criticised plans to transition the PCEHR to an opt-out system, warning the “minimal value and benefits” of a PCEHR do not match the privacy risk of establishing a repository of every Australian’s identity and health data.

Murtagh backs new patient education website
Australian Doctor ~ Serkan Ozturk ~ 29/06/2015

Renowned as the author of the most influential textbooks on general practice, Emeritus Professor John Murtagh is now giving his backing to a website aimed at educating patients on medical issues.

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