Australasian health IT week in review: September 26

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

Patients are people, not 'consumers', says Child
NZ Doctor ~ Cliff Taylor ~ 25/09/2015

NZMA chair Stephen Child has strongly criticised a draft discussion paper from the Health Quality & Safety Commission, describing it as difficult to understand and marred with inappropriate terminology.

Fixing Qld Health’s IT systems: start with the plumbing
iTNews ~ Allie Coyne ~ 24/09/2015

Queensland Health will eschew a big bang transformation of its legacy systems in favour of a lower-risk, incremental approach to systems replacement in the hopes of reviving its IT fortunes.

Telehealth helps chronic illness sufferers manage
Toowoomba Chronicle ~ Cheryl Flett ~ 24/09/2015

Made available through local community aged care provider integratedliving Australia, following a highly successful pilot program, the support system remotely monitors a person's vital health signs on a daily basis through an easy to use tablet device,

Fiona Stanley Hospital: dirty theatres, IT woes blamed on Serco
WA Today ~ AAP ~ 23/09/2015

A parliamentary inquiry has heard of ongoing woes at Perth's new Fiona Stanley Hospital including unsanitary operating theatres and staff "drowning in paperwork".

Call for new communications minister to help improve sector ICT capability
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 23/09/2015

Mitch Fifield may have moved on from aged care but he has not escaped the sector completely as one peak vows to meet with the minister in his new role to lobby for ICT support on a platform of productivity.

SMS reminders to stay healthy could save lives for heart attack patients, researchers say
ABC News ~ Will Ockenden ~ 23/09/2015

A simple text message might be all it takes after a major hospital visit to keep a patient healthy and on track.

NBN rollout still 'technology agnostic', says Fifield
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 23/09/2015

Australia's new communications minister, Senator Mitch Fifield, has repeated prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's claim that the roll out of the National Broadband Network is "technology agnostic" under the Coalition government.

Telehealth scheme lets GPs set own fees
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 23/09/2015

A new player spruiking pay-by-the-minute GP phone consults has entered the telehealth market.

Australian doctor duo walk away from well-paying careers to pursue start-up life
The Age ~ Matthew Hall ~ 22/09/2015

It was a tough conversation for Melbourne medical students Andrew Lin and Hon Weng Chong telling their parents that, after studying for six years, they were going to walk away from careers as doctors to become tech entrepreneurs.

Concussion management software gets RWC run
New Zealand Herald ~ Staff writer ~ 22/09/2015

Concussion management software developed by Kiwi technology company CSx has been put to the test by teams in Rugby World Cup 2015 as a UK medical chief calls for rule changes to protect players from head injuries.

Fifield to serve as Turnbull’s faithful foot soldier
The Australian ~ Supratim Adhikari ~ 21/09/2015

The communications portfolio has in recent time been the domain of two larger-than-life figures of the political arena.

Govt moots clampdown on e-health PIP
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 21/09/2015

GPs may have to upload a mandatory number of files to their patients' personally controlled electronic health records before they can claim incentive payments as part the Federal Government's latest attempt to boost the system.

How much do FTTP NBN connections really cost?
The Australian ~ Mark Gregory ~ 18/09/2015

New Zealand’s equivalent to NBN Co provides damaging evidence that the Coalition’s National Broadband Network (NBN) is unlikely to be delivered more affordably and sooner than Labor’s full-fibre plan.

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