Australasian health week in review: August 22

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

Fiona Stanley

AMA describes dire hospital problems
The West Australian ~ Daniel Emerson ~ 20/08/2015

Just six months after it opened, doctors are calling for the $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital to be expanded, its IT system upgraded and its leadership overhauled.

AMA's plan to curb Medicare shake-up
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 20/08/2015

The AMA is calling on doctors to unite to get fair results from an unprecedented shake-up of Medicare while urging the government to rein in radical tactics by the largest private health insurer.

Bottleneck at My Aged Care slows access for new clients
Community Care Review ~ Linda Belardi ~ 20/08/2015

The Department of Social Services says it is working to urgently address a number of issues that have emerged with the expanded My Aged Care gateway launched on 1 July, in what has marked a rocky start to the new system of national screening, assessment and referral of aged care clients.

MBS review will not suggest new items, doctors told
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 20/08/2015

The doctor leading the Federal Government's attempt to modernise the MBS says his task force will have no powers to recommend new items.

Shared care IT platform has a new owner
NZ Doctor ~ Reynald Castaneda ~ 20/08/2015

Health IT product Connected Care Management System is now owned by IT company Whanau Tahi which bought it from HSAGlobal for an undisclosed amount.

AMA delivers devastating critique of Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth
ABC News ~ Andrew O'Connor ~ 19/08/2015

The Australian Medical Association has delivered a devastating critique on the leadership and problems at Perth's Fiona Stanley Hospital, saying quality patient care is only being sustained because of the professionalism of frontline clinical staff.

New website launched to boost telehealth uptake
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 19/08/2015

The New Zealand Telehealth Resource Centre officially launched its new website designed to help encourage the uptake of telehealth by health providers.

Datacom revenue rises to $937m
New Zealand Herald ~ Brendan Manning ~ 18/08/2015

Datacom Group has released its annual results, showing the IT service company's profit was down 45 per cent to $35 million, despite lifting year-on-year revenue to $937 million.

New website lists 'specialists of eminence'
Medical Observer ~ Paddy Wood ~ 18/08/2015

A leading Sydney surgeon expects to cop “all sorts of flak” for a new website that aims to guide GP referrals by listing specialists "of eminence”.

GPs and authorities baffled by mystery warning letters
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 17/08/2015

In early August, Dr Lou Lewis received what appeared to be an overservicing warning from the Medical Board of Australia and the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Think big to seize on opportunities, providers told
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 17/08/2015

The head of ACFA has advised providers to use ICT to develop services not currently prescribed by government funding and to look for customers outside the aged care market.

Pay rise for Qld doctors as 'hated' individual contracts dumped
Medical Observer ~ AAP ~ 17/08/2015

Queensland medical practitioners have welcomed a move to replace unpopular individual contracts with a collective award that includes a 2.5% annual pay rise for three years.

Asthma medical device maker Adherium to list on ASX after $35m IPO
Australian Financial Review ~ Rose Powell ~ 16/08/2015

Medical technology company Adherium will list on the Australian Security Exchange this month after raising $35 million to fund international growth.

GPs told to ‘step up’ and sell general practice to new grads: Coleman
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 14/08/2015

GPs need to play a part in encouraging young people into the profession, health minister Jonathan Coleman told delegates at the GP CME South in Christchurch today.

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