Australasian health IT week in review: February 13

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

Department probed on ACFI changes
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Linda Belardi ~ 12/02/2016

The issuing of $10,800 fines for repeated false claims under the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) will be a measure of last resort and likely to be used rarely, the Department of Health has said.

Changing names
Pharmacy News ~ Chris Brooker ~ 12/02/2016

Health regulators are moving to update Australia’s “out-of-date” system of medical ingredient names.

Provider number bungle: GPs want war on red tape
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 12/02/2016

The government is facing renewed calls to include Medicare provider numbers in its war on red tape after an embarrassing bungle left many GP registrars off the list of working doctors.

Modbury Hospital doctors' open letter opposes SA government's Transforming Health plans
ABC News ~ Tom Fedorowytsch ~ 11/02/2016

Thirty doctors at Modbury Hospital, in Adelaide's north-east, have written an open letter to the Health Minister and SA Health, warning the state government's Transforming Health plans for the facility will lead to treatment delays and higher risks for patients.

Health Minister Sussan Ley insists government is not privatising Medicare
ABC News ~ Susan McDonald ~ 10/02/2016

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley insists the government is not privatising Medicare but is only looking at ways to bring the payments system into the "21st century".

Govt eyes massive Medicare, health privatisation
The West Australian ~ Andrew Probyn ~ 09/02/2016

Medicare, pharmaceutical and aged-care benefits would be delivered by the private sector under an extraordinary transformation of health services being secretly considered by the federal government.

Pathology Australia to launch campaign against $650m funding cut
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Tim Binsted ~ 09/02/2016

Pathology Australia will attempt to kill $650 million in cuts for diagnostic tests such as blood tests and X-rays with a consumer campaign to run in 5000 pathology collection centres across the nation.

Social robots and dementia care study recruiting
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 08/02/2016

Researchers from Griffith University are looking for people with dementia and a family member to volunteer for a new trial that will gather their views and expectations of telepresence robots in dementia care.

Nurse allegedly assaulted after watchdog employee used database to find her
The Guardian ~ Paul Farrell and Melissa Davey ~ 08/02/2016

A nurse was allegedly assaulted by an employee of Australia’s health practitioner regulator, who used his credentials to access the agency’s database and track down her home address and phone number.

Now there's an app to monitor those moles
New Zealand Herald ~ Scott Yeoman ~ 07/02/2016

Kiwi skin cancer experts are supporting a smartphone app that claims to monitor and detect melanoma risk, but are warning against relying on it completely.

Health authorities provide sneak-peek at new Perth Children's Hospital
ABC News ~ Louise Merrillees ~ 07/02/2016

The new Perth Children's Hospital is on track to open at the end of this year, with authorities today giving a sneak peek into some of its facilities.

Perth breast cancer patient 'distraught' her GP not told of diagnosis
ABC News ~ Alisha O'Flaherty ~ 06/02/2016

Doctors are concerned budget cuts at WA hospitals are increasing delays in test results being passed on to general practitioners.

Tasmanian pharmacists cleared to give flu shots
ABC News ~ Tamara Glumac ~ 06/02/2016

The state government has changed the poisons regulations to allow properly trained pharmacists to give the flu jab.

Royal Adelaide Hospital has too few construction workers, report to SA government says
ABC News ~ Leah MacLennan and Angelique Donnellan ~ 05/02/2016

There are too few workers on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital construction project, leading to site delays, a report obtained by the ABC reveals.

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