Australasian health IT week in review: November 21

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

The tech inside Victoria's $1bn cancer care facility
iTNews ~ Andrew Sadauskas ~ 20/11/2015

Using cutting-edge hospital technology to improve the healthcare experience of cancer patients is one of the main objectives in a $50 million IT deployment at a new healthcare and biomedical research facility in Melbourne.

GP business model heading over a cliff, study finds
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 20/11/2015

The traditional style of general practice will plunge over a cliff in a few years if the MBS rebate freeze and current care and payment models remain in place, a report predicts.

Chemotherapy services to be reintroduced at Royal Perth Hospital after critical report
ABC News ~ Andrew O'Connor ~ 19/11/2015

A comprehensive cancer treatment centre at Royal Perth Hospital will be reinstated as part of the WA Government's response to a scathing report about the fragmentation of cancer services since the opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Audit of GP clinics flags patient privacy risks
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 19/11/2015

Lax security measures in GP clinics are putting patients’ electronic records at risk of privacy breaches, a government audit has found.

New operator aims for 20-30 per cent of PMS market within three years
NZ Doctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 18/11/2015

A 20-30 per cent share of New Zealand’s practice management system market within two to three years is Australian Health IT company Best Practice’s goal, says chief executive Frank Pyefinch.

National telehealth service answers 18,000 calls in first weeks
NZ Doctor ~ Cliff Taylor ~ 17/11/2015

The national telehealth service which launched on 1 November has so far fielded around 18,000 calls – the vast majority of them for medical enquiries to Healthline.

Sharing info on drug-seeking ‘in patient’s best interests’
NZ Doctor ~ Virgina McMillan ~ 16/11/2015

Twenty-eight general practices, three pharmacies and an ambulance service have joined a network making it clear members can and will discuss drug-seekers’ behaviour with other health providers.

Goodbye PCEHR, hello My Health Record
Medical Observer ~ David Rowley ~ 16/11/2015

THE Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) will officially be re-branded as My Health Record, following the Senate’s passing of the eHealth bill with Labor and Greens support late last week.

Fifield rejects NBN cost 'blowout' criticism
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 16/11/2015

Describing the revised peak funding estimate for the National Broadband Network as a "blowout" robs the discussion of nuance, according to communications minister Senator Mitch Fifield.

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