Australasian health IT week in review: October 30

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

If we lose the rugby, there's an app that might help you make it through next week ~ Tom Pullar-Strecker ~ 30/10/2015

If you are sick of hearing about either the Rugby World Cup or the Kardashians then, yes, there is now an app for that.

National telehealth service goes live this weekend
NZ Doctor ~ Cliff Taylor ~ 30/10/2015

A new national 24-hour telehealth service is set to go live on Sunday.

Can NBN spark a rural mobile revolution?
The Australian ~ Mark Gregory ~ 30/10/2015

A report containing a review of telecommunication services in regional and remote areas of Australia was tabled in Parliament on October 22 2015.

NZ Blood Service seeks handy app to match donors and need
NZ Doctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 29/10/2015

The New Zealand Blood Service wants a new mobile app to help it communicate with registered blood donors.

App technology can fix the e-health system if done right
The Conversation ~ David Glance ~ 29/10/2015

On Wednesday, federal Health Minister Sussan Ley announced two new trials of the so-far-unsuccessful, personally controlled electronic health record – rebadged as “My Health Record”.

Huawei's smartwatch available in NZ ~ Staff writer ~ 29/10/2015

Huawei has released its first smartwatch in New Zealand as it joins the race to get consumers to buy wearables.

Ley spruiks patient control in e-Health announcement
Medical Observer ~ David Rowley ~ 28/10/2015

Opt-out e-Health trials will begin in parts of NSW and Queensland early next year in about one million patients, Health Minister Sussan Ley has revealed.

Opt-out eHealth record to be trialled in Queensland, NSW
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 28/10/2015

Trials of an 'opt out' approach to signups for the national eHealth record will be held in far north Queensland and in the Nepean Blue Mountains region in NSW, health minister Sussan Ley has revealed.

New IT health system for South Australia has Auditor-General worried
ABC News ~ Staff writer ~ 28/10/2015

Possible cost blowouts and delays associated with the rollout of yet another health IT system in South Australia has the state Auditor-General worried.

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital "never properly funded"
Brisbane Times ~ Amy Remeikis ~ 27/10/2015

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital was "never properly funded", Health Minister Cameron Dick said, announcing an additional $70 million funding over four years for the headline-plagued hospital.

FSH alarm fails to alert staff
The West Australian ~ Tayissa Barone ~ 26/10/2015

A patient who almost suffocated at Fiona Stanley Hospital was given a counter bell to get nurses’ attention when her initial request for help went unanswered.

ICT in aged care: more work to be done
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 26/10/2015

The aged care sector has transitioned from a very low technology base at the turn of the century to mainstream acknowledgement about the need to electrify and integrate business and clinical systems, but there is still a way to go, says the organiser of the industry’s annual IT conference.

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital problems spark urgent meeting
Brisbane Times ~ Jorge Branco ~ 26/10/2015

Problems at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital have sparked an urgent meeting between doctors and the Queensland government as the health minister hints at a funding boost.

E-medication systems still require robust checking: study
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 26/10/2015

An evaluation of a hybrid paper-electronic medication management system at a 90-bed residential aged care facility has found 125 medication discrepancies, leading to an administration error in 25 per cent of cases, and delays in administration of new orders.

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