Australasian health IT week in review: January 16

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

New WA health minister should have single portfolio, medical professionals, Opposition say
ABC News ~ Jessica Strutt ~ 14/01/2016

Medical professionals and the State Opposition are calling for WA's new health minister to only be given responsibility for that one portfolio, as part of a Cabinet reshuffle flagged by Premier Colin Barnett for March.


Practices to lose thousands if GPs don't create PCEHR summaries
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 14/01/2016

Practices will lose their entire e-health Practice Incentive Program payment if their GPs refuse to upload shared health summaries to the PCEHR, the Federal Department of Health has confirmed.


WA health turns to Patient Opinion social media for system change
WA Today ~ Emma Young ~ 14/01/2016

West Australians can cause real change in hospitals through a social media site that aims to transform provider-patient relationships through storytelling.


Cuts will force diabetes patients to 'pay hundreds more for blood, urine tests', say pathologists
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Jane Lee ~ 13/01/2016

Diabetics could be out of pocket hundreds of dollars each year for their treatment if cuts to pathology go ahead, raising the risk of complications including kidney disease, doctors warn.


ResApp study to target older Australians
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 11/01/2016

A clinical study investigating the effectiveness of Australian-developed smartphone medical applications for diagnosing and managing respiratory disease has been extended to adults following positive results with child patients.


Fitbit in hot water over 'wildly inaccurate' heart monitoring
stuff.co.nz ~ Kartikay Mehrotra ~ 08/01/2016

Everyone's favourite fitness tracker, Fitbit, is under the pump after its heart-monitoring technology was called "wildly inaccurate" during a lawsuit accusing the company of false advertising


Google search puts NSW Medical Council on the wrong side of privacy laws
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 08/01/2016

A NSW tribunal has ruled that the state’s Medical Council breached privacy laws when it published what it thought was a redacted PDF document on its website, but in doing so revealed the hidden identities of a doctor and her son to Google's web crawling bot.


Microsoft will stop updating anything older than Internet Explorer 11
stuff.co.nz ~ Andrea Peterson ~ 07/01/2016

Are you using an old version of Internet Explorer? Now is the time to upgrade or switch to another browser because Microsoft is phasing out support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 on January 12.


Moves to make fax referrals obsolete
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 06/01/2016

The federal government says it wants to reduce the number of referrals being sent by fax.


Qld Health CIO reportedly stood down
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 06/01/2016

Queensland Health has confirmed it has stood down two senior executives over allegations of nepotism, with recently appointed CIO Colin McCririck reported to be one of the officers out of a job.


NSW Health offers up 350k salary in hunt for CIO
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 05/01/2016

NSW Health’s IT wing, eHealth NSW, is advertising for a new boss.


Up to 1100 jobs to go from Perth health service, WA government confirms
ABC News ~ Garrett Mundy ~ 03/01/2016

WA Health Minister Kim Hames has confirmed the equivalent of 1,163 jobs will need to go from the South Metropolitan Health Service if the Government is to bring spending back to sustainable levels.


Queensland Health top bureaucrats stood aside after internal complaint
The Courier-Mail ~ Renee Viellaris ~ 01/01/2016

A deputy director-general and a highly paid chief executive in Queensland Health have been spectacularly stood down over allegations they conspired to get one of their spouses a plum job.


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