Australasian health IT week in review: October 17

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

NBN roll-out timetable detailing 'ambitious' three-year plan released
ABC News ~ Francis Keany ~ 16/10/2015

A new timetable for the National Broadband Network (NBN) is ambitious but achievable, the Federal Government says.

Royal Adelaide Hospital opening: FOI documents cast doubts on new date
ABC News ~ Angelique Donnellan ~ 16/10/2015

Fresh doubts have been cast on the completion date of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital by the South Australian Opposition.

NBN reveals HFC rollout areas
iTNews ~ Allie Coyne ~ 16/10/2015

NBN has provided a detailed breakdown of which areas will get which of the network's multi-technology mix products over the next three years in a new construction plan.

Ministry launches five-year diabetes plan
NZ Doctor ~ Keira Stephenson ~ 16/10/2015

A five-year plan which puts patients at the centre of diabetes prevention and management was launched by the Ministry of Health at the Ko Awatea Centre in Manukau this morning

Former e-Health chief dismisses privacy concerns
Medical Observer ~ David Rowley ~ 16/10/2015

THERE is no foundation to concerns that automatically signing up patients to the personally controlled e-health records scheme risks breaching human rights laws, says former eHealth policy chief and ex-AMA president Dr Mukesh Haikerwal.

Free Priceline health checks
Pharmacy Daily ~ Mal Smith ~ 15/10/2015

Priceline Pharmacy is spending over $1 million to roll out sixty new “digital health kiosks” into its network. Effective from today Priceline is also offering free 15-minute in-store Women’s Health Checks

Privatisation at Fiona Stanley Hospital 'working well', WA Health Minster assures committee
ABC News ~ Andrew O'Connor ~ 15/10/2015

The privatisation of non-medical services at Perth's Fiona Stanley Hospital is working well, a Parliamentary committee investigating serious problems at the hospital has been told.

Christchurch's broadband fibre rollout has hit halfway ~ Tim Fulton ~ 14/10/2015

Christchurch's east is catching up to the rest of the city in ultra fast broadband as the regional rollout hits halfway.

Is medicine really having an Uber moment?
Australian Doctor ~ Chris Pearce ~ 14/10/2015

There has been a lot of interest in telehealth recently. In July, Telstra launched its ReadyCare scheme, which allows patients to have “treatment from a GP wherever you are and when you need it”.

Kim Hames: ‘I could have done things better at Fiona Stanley Hospital’
Perth Now ~ AAP ~ 14/10/2015

West Australian Health Minister Kim Hames has conceded he would have done certain things differently at the new Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Misaligned and superficial': RACGP slams eHealth PIP proposals
Medical Observer ~ David Rowley ~ 14/10/2015

The RACGP has issued a stinging rebuke of the government’s proposals to link PIP eHealth payments to the uploading of Shared Health Summaries (SHS), calling them “misaligned”, “ill-timed” and “superficial”.

Royal Adelaide Hospital delays and modifications settlement to cost taxpayers $69m
ABC News ~ Nick Harmsen ~ 13/10/2015

South Australian taxpayers will pay $69 million to private consortium SA Health Partnerships (SAHP) to settle claims for delays, modifications and unexpected remediation work at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

Smartwatch monitors elderly, helps keep them safe
The Australian ~ Jennifer Foreshew ~ 13/10/2015

Sydney start-up Edisse is set to press go on a soft launch of its “intelligent’’ wearable that remotely monitors the elderly at home or in aged-care facilities.

Peaks angry aged care misses out on eHealth support
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 12/10/2015

Aged care providers will not be offered any financial support by government to participate in the forthcoming trials of an opt-out eHealth system, Technology Review can confirm.

Ex-CIOs appointed to Australian e-health records committee
iTNews ~ Staff writer ~ 09/10/2015

Former health CIOs Paul Madden and Michael Walsh will join fellow electronic health experts on the 11- person steering committee charged with guiding the revised implementation of personal electronic health records in Australia.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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