Australasian health IT week in review: February 20

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

WA Health department IT probe: ex-staff to face no penalties, one now with hospital private contractor
ABC News ~ Jessica Strutt ~ 19/02/2016

Two former Health Department public servants embroiled in findings of massive waste and mismanagement will escape penalty, while one now works for a private contractor on the new Perth Children's Hospital, it has been revealed.

Health board hit by cyberattack
New Zealand Herald ~ Sophie Ryan ~ 19/02/2016

Whanganui District Health Board has been targeted by hackers who infected its computers with a "ransomware" attack.

Revenue for Telstra’s IT business up by a third
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 18/02/2016

Telstra has reported revenue of $1.3 billion for its Network Applications and Services business for the first half of FY16, representing growth of almost 33 per cent on the previous corresponding period.

Leadership overhaul on cards for National Health IT Board
NZ Doctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 17/02/2016

A new national IT leadership role will be established on 1 March, as part of changes to the Ministry of Health’s executive leadership team.

WA Department of Health IT contract probe finds extensive waste and mismanagement
ABC News ~ Courtney Bembridge and Andrew O'Connor ~ 17/02/2016

A damning report into the West Australian Department of Health's management of its computer systems has detailed a litany of mismanagement and waste, with the findings referred to the state's corruption watchdog.

Outsourcing Medicare: Will a ‘tap and go’ approach lead to Medicare being tapped and gone?
Croakey ~ Margaret Faux ~ 17/02/2016

If paying a Medicare claim was as simple as buying a stamp, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

GP software detects all FH patients in 10 mins
Australian Doctor ~ Alice Klein ~ 17/02/2016

A new Australian software tool allows GPs to identify all patients at high risk of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) in as little as 10 minutes.

Sonic, Primary Health Care CEOs vow to fight pathology cuts, which already sting
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Tim Binsted ~ 17/02/2016

Healthcare chief executives Peter Gregg and Colin Goldschmidt, whose businesses have been stung by pathology funding cuts, have criticised the government's health policy and warned that Australia was taking its first step toward a two-tiered system of care.

Primary to trial co-payments
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 17/02/2016

Primary Health Care plans to introduce co-payments for some medical services in response to the government’s squeeze on health funding.

Govt should start scoping NBN sell-off in 'near term'
iTNews ~ Andrew Sadauskas ~ 17/02/2016

Infrastructure Australia has recommended that the government commission a scoping study "in the near term" to determine when to sell the national broadband network.

New app helps people with neurological conditions practise speech
The Conversation ~ David Ireland ~ 17/02/2016

Researchers at CSIRO and University of Queensland have developed an app called Harlie that is designed to chat with humans.

Chemmart’s myDNA test offers more than it can deliver
The Conversation ~ Ken Harvey ~ 17/02/2016

When you enter a Chemmart pharmacy, it’s hard to miss the posters and brochures promoting its “revolutionary myDNA test”.

Hospital critics 'damage morale': Barnett
Seven News ~ AAP ~ 16/02/2016

Senior clinicians continuing to criticise Fiona Stanley Hospital are damaging morale and being un-Australian by leaking internal memos, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says.

Modest ribbon snip for first stage of NZ’s biggest lab integration
NZ Doctor ~ Virgina McMillan ~ 16/02/2016

Criticism of a private company winning a contract that included public hospital laboratories has proved unfounded, according to health minister Jonathan Coleman.

Angry Premier defends Fiona Stanley Hospital against 'grizzlers'
The West Australian ~ Daniel Mercer ~ 14/02/2016

Colin Barnett has angrily defended Fiona Stanley Hospital in the face of criticism from nameless clinicians he dubbed “grizzlers”.

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital redevelopment thrown a lifeline with $31 million funding package
ABC News ~ Staff writer ~ 14/02/2016

The redevelopment of The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne is back on track thanks to a $31.4 million funding package.

Australian doctors trialling technology aimed at doubling transportation time for heart transplants
ABC News ~ Anna MacDonald ~ 14/02/2016

An Australian medical research team has launched a trial aimed at increasing the number of hearts available for transplant.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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