Australasian health IT week in review: January 23

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

Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre to open with vacant floor
Herald Sun ~ Evonne Madden ~ 22/01/2016

A range of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and information technology companies, as well as medical research institutions, are now vying for the 13th-floor lease.

Hack attack on a hospital IT system highlights the risk of still running Windows XP
The Conversation ~ Robert Merkel ~ 21/01/2016

A virus attack on the computer system of one of Melbourne’s largest hospital networks is cause for concern because it affected machines running Microsoft’s Windows XP, an operating system no longer supported by the software giant.

Corruption watchdog to investigate Queensland Health nepotism allegations
Brisbane Times ~ Kim Stephens ~ 20/01/2016

The Crime and Corruption Commission will investigate two of Queensland's most senior health officials over allegations of nepotism, it confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.

Corruption watchdog to investigate eHealth Qld recruitment
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 20/01/2016

Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission will launch a formal investigation into allegations of nepotism within the state’s eHealth agency which recently forced its CIO to step aside.

More cash needed to protect hospital IT from cyber attack and viruses
The Age ~ Richard Willingham ~ 19/01/2016

Victorian hospitals need more cash to upgrade outdated information technology systems vulnerable to cyber attack and virus infection, health professionals and IT experts say.

Computer virus infects Melbourne hospital ~ AAP ~ 19/01/2016

Melbourne Health, which manages the Royal Melbourne Hospital, says most computer systems are up and running but it's still working to control the virus, which began hitting the hospital's core computer systems and personal computers on Friday afternoon.

Royal Melbourne Hospital attacked by damaging computer virus
The Age ~ Julia Medew ~ 18/01/2016

A virus has attacked the computer system of one of Melbourne's largest hospital networks, causing chaos for staff and patients who may face delays as a result.

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.

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.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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