Australasian health IT week in review: February 6

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

RACGP urges TGA to resist pressure from ‘big business’ over codeine
Medical Observer ~ Paddy Wood ~ 05/02/2016

RACGP chief Dr Frank Jones is urging the drug regulator to resist pressure from “big business” and plough ahead with its proposal to make codeine-containing medicines prescription-only.

Money before health
Pharmacy News ~ Chris Brooker ~ 05/02/2016

Pharmacy Only (S3) codeine scheduling has not reduced the serious harms from codeine combination analgesics, a leading GP group says.

Text messaging doubles medication adherence
6minutes ~ Staff writer ~ 05/02/2016

Text reminders double the odds of medication adherence among middle-aged patients with chronic diseases, report Australian researchers.

No more free GP2GP messaging
NZ Doctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 04/02/2016

General practices will have to pay 27 cents for each message sent or received via the GP2GP service, following negotiations between health IT organisations HealthLink and Patients First.

Full ACAT transition to My Aged Care starts this week
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Staff writer ~ 01/02/2016

Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) have begun using My Aged Care to conduct comprehensive assessments and send electronic referrals to providers for residential care, transition care and home care packages, with Queensland the first region to fully transition to the platform.

Radical changes to hospital funding on the table to settle GST debate
The Guardian ~ Lenore Taylor ~ 01/02/2016

Federal and state governments are considering abandoning the $6bn commonwealth health insurance rebate in favour of direct subsidies to private hospitals in a radical revamp of hospital funding, a leaked draft agreement reveals.

Yet another delay on new Royal Adelaide Hospital opening
The Advertiser ~ Lauren Novak ~ 01/02/2016

The State Government faces a race against time to have the new Royal Adelaide Hospital ready for patients by its expected November opening after being told the handover from the builder could be delayed by up to two months.

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