Australasian health week in review: July 11

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

Fiona Stanley Hospital theatres closed, ambulances diverted after 'serious leak' causes more flooding
ABC News ~ Jessica Strutt ~ 09/07/2015

Operating theatres have been closed at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth and ambulances diverted after more flooding at the $2 billion health facility.


DHB firm inherits deficit, deals to do in HBL's wake
NZ Doctor ~ Virginia McMillan ~ 09/07/2015

The Government’s health cost-cutter Health Benefits Ltd has passed a debt of almost $2 million to its DHB-owned successor.


Fake ultrasound pictures spark calls for industry regulation
ABC News ~ Lucy Martin ~ 08/07/2015

Imagine paying to get an ultrasound photo of your unborn baby, only to discover that other women have been given exactly the same image.


Telstra telehealth scheme a rival to all GPs: AMA
Australian Doctor ~ Serkan Ozturk ~ 08/07/2015

The AMA has accused Telstra of setting up in competition with every GP in the country following the launch of its new telehealth system.


Canterbury, West Coast practices not too bothered by discharge notes snarl-up
NZ Doctor ~ Ruth Brown ~ 07/07/2015

Canterbury and West Coast DHBs have apologised to general practices for a computer glitch that prevented 6000 hospital discharge notes being sent to GPs.


Experts call time on diagnostic glucose testing
Australian Doctor ~ Alice Klein ~ 07/07/2015

HbA1c testing should replace blood glucose testing as the primary tool for diagnosing diabetes, Australian experts say.


Telstra 2G 'Nana phones' living on borrowed time
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Adam Turner ~ 06/07/2015

With the proliferation of 3G and 4G smartphones it's easy to forget that there are still plenty of people happily using an ancient GSM 2G "dumbphone" like the popular Nokia 2000 and 3000 range.


Doctors learn details of pharma pay reporting
Australian Doctor ~ Michael Woodhead ~ 06/07/2015

The pharmaceutical industry is launching an awareness campaign to explain how details of payments to individual doctors will be made public online from October 2015.


Safety campaigners urge ban on smartwatches
New Zealand Herald ~ Susan Edmunds ~ 05/07/2015

Road safety campaigners are calling for a ban on the use of wearable technology, including smartwatches, by drivers.


Govt readies e-health record push to boost adoption
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 03/07/2015

The Department of Health will renew efforts to address under-utilisation of electronic health records by the clinical community, with a training and promotion campaign due to kick off in January 2016.


Posted in Australian eHealth

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