Australasian health IT week in review: March 5

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

MyGov to feel the audit blowtorch
The Canberra Times ~ Noel Towell ~ 03/03/2016

Frustrated users of the troubled myGov web portal now have the chance to contribute to an official review of the government web portal's performance by the Commonwealth's Audit Office.

New secure health email system prevents accidental leaks
NZ Doctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 03/02/2016

Secure messaging platform hMael is now fit for purpose and fully operational, after ending its auditing process and beta-testing phase this January.

What has gone wrong with the NBN?
ABC News ~ Paddy Manning ~ 02/03/2016

The latest leaked NBN document gives us more insight into the project which was meant to be about "nation building", but which is now turning into a politicised quagmire.

Laws to stop snooping in medical records need to be strengthened, says SA Opposition
ABC News ~ Leah Maclennan ~ 02/03/2016

Laws designed to stop people inappropriately dealing with medical records need to be strengthened, South Australia's Opposition says.

The trans-Tasman buyers' club delivering hope for hep C patients in NZ
NZ Doctor ~ Cliff Taylor ~ 02/03/2016

A cheap generic form of direct-acting antiviral drugs for hepatitis C is now available in Australia for Kiwi patients, but it will take a brave GP to prescribe it.

Fibre-to-the-node NBN is hardly powering on
The Australian ~ Supratim Adhikari ~ 01/03/2016

The latest leak of a draft NBN Co document has once again put the company building the National Broadband Network on the defensive and highlighted the biggest pain point of the Coalition government’s favoured multi-technology mix rollout.

HealthKit raises $1.6 million for expansion plans
Australian Financial Review ~ Yolanda Redrup ~ 29/03/2016

HealthKit raised $1.6 million from investors to expand overseas and fulfil its goal of becoming the most popular software system for doctors and medical practices in Australia.

Qld to sink $91m into replacement of expiring pathology system
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 29/02/2016

The Queensland government has committed $91 million to buy a replacement laboratory information system for the state’s health department.

NZ diagnostic company Pictor scores major licensing deal for low-cost blood test
National Business Review ~ Fiona Rotherham ~ 29/03/2016

Auckland-based medical diagnostics company Pictor has scored its first major commercial deal, signing a licensing and distribution deal for its low-cost blood testing kit 10 years after the business started out in the founders' garage.

Warnings about problem-plagued digitisation of WA hospitals 'ignored', technology experts say
ABC News ~ Courtney Bembridge ~ 28/02/2016

Technology experts say a plan to digitise hospitals was destined to fall short, and their warnings were ignored.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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