Australasian health week in review: July 18

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

NBN fixed wireless rollout to bush on track as dialup hangs up
ABC News ~ Peter Ryan ~ 16/07/2015

While the rollout of the National Broadband Network, or NBN, is ramping up in metropolitan Australia, many people in the bush are still dealing with diabolically slow dialup connections.

Five South Island institutions to host new ICT grad school together
The Press ~ Jody O'Callaghan ~ 16/07/2015

Three new graduate computer schools will produce 350 skilled workers each year to an ICT industry in which supply is failing to keep up with demand.

Tech-friendly Queensland budget lauded
The Australian ~ David Swan ~ 15/07/2015

The Queensland budget has received broad approval from start-ups and the Australian Computer Society, which praised the new $24 million Startup Queensland program and a commitment to coding in schools.

Patient record 'inappropriately' deleted from Adelaide hospital system; SA Health investigates incident
ABC News ~ Angelique Donnellan ~ 14/07/2015

An incident which saw part of a patient's record "inappropriately" deleted by staff at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide will be investigated by SA Health.

Integrity of electronic health records questioned after SA patient record deleted
ABC News ~ Natalie Whiting ~ 14/07/2015

The South Australian opposition is calling for an independent investigation into claims that a medical record was deleted from a patient's file at an Adelaide Hospital.

Orion Health bolstered by Supreme Court's Obamacare decision
ZDNet ~ Rob O'Neil ~ 14/07/2015

Auckland-based Orion Health is reporting positive cash flows ahead of internal forcasts as it continues to build its global customer base and reinvent its technology.

Fiona Stanley Hospital problems 'more than teething', WA Premier concedes
ABC News ~ Jessica Strutt and Jade Macmillan ~ 13/07/2015

WA Premier Colin Barnett concedes there have been more than just teething problems at Fiona Stanley Hospital, after the second serious water leak in three months last week caused flooding.

OAIC to be left without statutory officers
The Mandarin ~ David Donaldson ~ 13/07/2015

The Privacy Commissioner’s appointment expires this week, while the Australian Information Commissioner formally resigns on July 31, leaving the OAIC potentially without any statutory officers.

All eyes on outcome of health funding review
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 13/07/2015

External reviews of New Zealand’s health system funding and capability and capacity are currently being considered by the director-general of health, Chai Chuah.

Cyber doctors no match for real-life GPs
Australian Doctor ~ Michael Woodhead ~ 13/07/2015

Online symptom checkers get the diagnosis right only one-third of the time and their triage advice may be no better than tossing a coin, a major review finds.

New medical certificate eForms get buy-in from GPs
NZ Doctor ~ Reynald Castaneda ~ 10/07/2015

Some 500 general practices have sent out electronic work capacity medical certificates since it was launched about a month ago.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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