Australasian health IT week in review: October 3

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

For the love of Tetris: Tasmanian researchers 'wire up' players to study how gaming triggers emotions
ABC News ~ Damien Peck ~ 02/10/2015

It is not all fun and games for a group of Tasmanian researchers studying the range of emotions people experience while playing video games.

SA Health renal truck helps APY Lands patients return home during treatment
ABC News ~ Natalie Whiting ~ 02/10/2015

Dozens of Indigenous people from South Australia's remote APY Lands have been forced to relocate to receive treatment for kidney disease.

GPs are quite upset': Owler speaks out about Four Corners report
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 01/10/2015

AMA President Brian Owler has slammed the unfair treatment of GPs in an ABC TV’s Four Corners program, saying it gave an inaccurate view of how GPs care for patients.

Lift-off for NBN's long-term satellite
iTNews ~ Andrew Sadauskas ~ 01/10/2015

NBN has successfully launched the first of its two Sky Muster satellites in French Guiana this morning, although end-users will still have to wait until next year before they can receive services.

Cost of doctor visits putting off rural Australians: report
The Conversation ~ Sasha Petrova ~ 01/10/2015

In some parts of Australia, two to three times more people are avoiding seeing their doctor because they can’t afford it, according to figures released today.

Aged care: Health Minister Sussan Ley picks up extra portfolio
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Jane Lee ~ 30/09/2015

Health Minister Sussan Ley has been sworn in as the Minister for Aged Care, more than a week after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's new cabinet was announced.

Tasmanian Government reveals five providers selected to cut elective surgery waiting lists
ABC News ~ Rosemary Bolger ~ 30/09/2015

Five private health services from Tasmania and Victoria have been selected to perform up to $25 million of taxpayer-funded elective surgeries

Sussan Ley appointed Minister for Aged Care
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Darragh O'Keefe ~ 30/09/2015

Aged care is set to move department again – for the second time in two years.

ProCare GPs to be told they must become shareholders
NZ Doctor ~ Cliff Taylor ~ 30/09/2015

ProCare Health Ltd will soon require all its GP providers to buy a share in the company, whether they want to or not.

Warning over 'Uberisation' of medicine
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 30/09/2015

A new service offering pay-by-the-minute GP telephone consults has been branded ‘Uber for medicine’ by health information experts.

NZ has the fastest 4G speeds in the world ~ Staff writer ~ 30/09/2015

New Zealand has dethroned Australia as the nation with the fastest 4G networks in the world, according to a new report.

UK pharmacy chain Boots to roll out Orion Health software
ZDNet ~ Rob O'Neill ~ 29/09/2015

UK pharmacy chain Boots has chosen technology from New Zealand-based Orion Health to support the delivery of in-store clinical services.

A slur on all doctors': Owler blasts Ley over MBS comments
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 28/09/2015

Health Minister Sussan Ley has broken faith with the medical profession by reframing the MBS review and suggesting doctors ignore patients’ best interests by sending them for unnecessary tests, the AMA says. 

One-third of health budget wasted, investigation finds
Medical Observer ~ David Rowley ~ 28/09/2015

Unnecessary tests and procedures are wasting almost a third of the national health budget, an ABC TV Four Corners report tonight will claim. 

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