Australasian health week in review: August 8

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

MyGov lockout comes weeks after digital boss' warning
Canberra Times ~ Noel Towell ~ 06/08/2015

Software failures and a lack of capacity has caused mass lockouts from the MyGov online portal in recent weeks, according to users, with many clients staying blocked from the system for up to two weeks.

Tetris blocks unhealthy cravings
Medical Observer ~ Staff writer ~ 07/08/2015

If you're craving coffee, cigarettes, food or sex, an Australian researcher has a novel answer: a quick game of Tetris on your smartphone.

Wellington DHBs allocate $1.9 million to help labs switch
NZ Doctor ~ Reynald Castaneda ~ 07/08/2015

Wellington region DHBs have allocated around $1.9 million to help move its hospital and community region labs to a single private provider.

Scan or face conduct charges
Pharmacy News ~ Meg Pigram ~ 06/08/2015

The lack of use of medication barcodes has been labelled a “perennial problem” by the chair of the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

Primary care at centre of health strategy review, says Coleman
NZ Doctor ~ Cliff Taylor ~ 06/08/2015

Primary care is central to the New Zealand Health Strategy review to be announced later this year, health minister Jonathan Coleman revealed.

Medical technology startup HotDoc gets $2.2 million Airtree Ventures backing
Australian Financial Review ~ Rose Powell ~ 06/08/2015

AirTree Ventures has added another company to its increasingly diverse portfolio after leading a $2.2 million investment round into medical management software HotDoc.

Revealed: Australian government pays hefty price to keep outdated Windows operating systems secure
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Hannah Francis ~ 05/08/2015

Australian federal government departments are paying Microsoft $14.4 million to continue to support their use of outdated Windows operating systems for another year because the software giant no longer officially provides security updates or support for them.

Qld Health bundles IT functions into new agency
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 05/08/2015

Queensland's health department will bundle its strategic and operational IT functions into a new unit called eHealth Queensland.

Spark willing to sell pager network as alternative to closure ~ Tom Pullar-Strecker ~ 05/08/2015

Spark has said it is willing to sell its pager network, as doubts remain over whether emergency services will be able to find a suitable replacement for the system.

Opposition ramps up rhetoric on Fiona Stanley Hospital
WA Today ~ Ray Sparvell ~ 04/08/2015

Fiona Stanley Hospital had an ambulance ramping shocker on Monday according to the Department of Health website.

Govt launches discussion on future of general practice
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 04/08/2015

The creation of GP medical homes for the chronically ill and voluntary patient enrolment are the key ideas pitched in the Federal Government's new discussion paper on the future of general practice.

Turnbull revises history on NBN satellite demand
Delimiter ~ Renai LeMay ~ 04/08/2015

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused the Australian Labor Party of underestimating how much demand the National Broadband Network would see for its satellite service, without mentioning that he personally had stated in Opposition that sufficient capacity already existed, alleging there was no need to build more.

Professor's personal tragedy fuels melanoma cure search at Princess Alexandra
Brisbane Times ~ Amy Remeikis ~ 04/08/2015

The Princess Alexandra Hospital is now home to one of only three 3D Avatar systems, a "groundbreaking" skin-cancer detection program that takes a burst of 46 photos to create a three-dimensional image for technicians to study.

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