Australasian health IT week in review: November 28

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

Victorian govt boosts start-up sector with LaunchVic
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 27/11/2015

LaunchVic will be led by Dr Pradeep Philip, a former secretary of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Deliberate agenda' to denigrate GPs: Primary chief slams govt
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 27/11/2015

Primary Health Care’s new CEO has hit out at a “deliberate agenda” to blame GPs and exaggerate waste to justify reforms of the health system.

Qld Health signs Fujitsu, Orion Health in middleware overhaul
iTNews ~ Allie Coyne ~ 27/11/2015

Queensland Health has appointed Fujitsu to help introduce Orion Health integration software into its IT environment as the first step in a massive work program to incrementally replace its legacy systems.

Marie's mission to highlight fatal flaws in medical devices
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Liam Tung ~ 27/11/2015

Marie Moe is a thirty-something Norwegian security researcher with a rare heart condition that would have killed her were it not for the computerised pacemaker wired to her heart.

Transition to Fiona Stanley Hospital put patients at risk, report finds
ABC News ~ Andrew O'Connor ~ 26/11/2015

A parliamentary inquiry into transition and operational problems at the new $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital has found patient safety was put at risk as patients and services were moved from other hospitals.

Mental health overhaul: Central hotline, online services to launch under new approach
ABC News ~ Dan Conifer and Sophie Scott ~ 26/11/2015

Online and telephone one-stop-shops will be established directing people to appropriate services, as the Government abandons the current "one-size-fits-all" approach.

Primary Health Care hits back at government rhetoric on waste
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Tim Binsted ~ 26/11/2015

Primary Health Care chief executive Peter Gregg has delivered a veiled warning to health minister Sussan Ley that she risks a bruising fight with Australia's doctors if her government continues its "alarmist" rhetoric about waste in the healthcare system.

Government signals consumer reviews for My Aged Care
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Linda Belardi ~ 26/11/2015

The Minister for Aged Care Sussan Ley has reaffirmed the government’s intention for the My Aged Care gateway to progressively resemble TripAdvisor, the popular travel review website that now hosts more than 250 million user reviews.

Quality improvement a central theme at industry’s technology awards
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 25/11/2015

A medium-sized NSW home care provider that transformed compliance and quality through new software is among the winners of this year’s Information Technology in Aged Care awards, which also honoured two industry veterans for their contributions to IT uptake in the sector.

Patients struggle as GPs create more care plans than ever
Medical Observer ~ David Rowley ~ 25/11/2015

More than a quarter of GPs believe their patients have difficulties understanding their care plans, according to surveys of almost 400 practitioners.

Push for specialist fees database
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 25/11/2015

Giving GPs access to a database of specialist fees is being pushed as a way to help patients avoid hefty out-of-pocket costs.

The problem with the government's eHealth vision
Medical Observer ~ Nathan Pinskier ~ 24/11/2015

THE government is set to introduce changes to the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) eHealth Incentive to encourage ‘active and meaningful use’ of the myHealth Record (formerly PCEHR).

Leaked NBN budget blowout documents threaten to embarrass Malcolm Turnbull
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Matthew Knott ~ 24/11/2015

The Optus cable TV and broadband network bought by the National Broadband Network for $800 million is in such poor condition the NBN is considering replacing it entirely.

Integrate stroke risk app into PMS, says inventor
NZ Doctor ~ Keira Stephenson ~ 23/11/2015

An award-winning researcher wants health professionals to start using his stroke risk app as a prevention and education tool, integrated into their practice management systems, to reduce the country’s growing stroke burden.

Absence of surgical robot leaves new Royal Adelaide Hospital 'dumbed down', SA Opposition says
ABC News ~ Staff writer ~ 23/11/2015

The lack of surgical equipment to perform delicate keyhole surgery at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital has rendered it a "world-class building with second-class medical equipment", the South Australian Opposition says.

Medical and social tech among winners at start-up pitch event
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 20/11/2015

Radiotherapy treatments that aim to improve access and accuracy, and smartphone-based artificial intelligence software that narrates the physical world to the blind in real-time are among the innovations winning at this year’s Tech23 event.

Leveraging technology: a provider case study
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Jackie Keast ~ 20/11/2015

BaptistCare’s technology strategy may be futuristic, but its premise involves going back to basics: how to best provide quality care.

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