Australasian health IT week in review: March 12

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

Qld hospital first to go digital
Nine News ~ AAP ~ 11/03/2016

Queensland now boasts the first fully digitised hospital in Australia.

IBM wins another extension to $1bn Human Services deal
ITNews ~ Staff writer ~ 11/03/2016

The contract means IBM will continue to support key Human Services programs like myGov, Centrelink and Medicare, among other hardware and software support services.

NSW government pushes for private insurance to cover GP visits
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Harriet Alexander ~ 11/03/2016

The NSW government will advocate to allow private health insurers to cover visits to general practitioners, in what would significantly extend the power and reach of the industry.

EPAS labelled a dud by South Australian doctors forced to use it
The Advertiser ~ Brad Crouch ~ 10/03/2016

Doctors who have used the controversial $422 million electronic patient record system intended for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital say it puts patients at risk and must be scrapped.

Orion Health partners in govt-backed research
New Zealand Herald ~ Staff writer ~ 10/03/2016

New Zealand's status as a global leader in the health IT sector has been given a $37.8 million boost with a research partnership developed to promote the new area of "precision medicine".

How practice managers can add value to health care
Medical Observer ~ Gillian Leach ~ 10/03/2016

In most cases, the education of today’s healthcare practitioner has not included the intricacies of human resource management, the complexities of information technology or the rigours of purchasing or leasing buildings and equipment, budgeting and financial performance.

College wary of PHNs steering chronic disease care
Medical Observer ~ Julie Lambert ~ 10/03/2016

The RACGP has dismissed a suggestion that Primary Health Networks (PHNs) lead primary care of chronic disease patients.

Can NBN withstand the pressure test?
The Australian ~ Mark Gregory ~ 10/03/2016

The Coalition government’s decision to shift the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout from Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) to Fibre to the Node (FTTN) is coming under sustained pressure. A litany of leaks and ongoing complaints about the FTTN service has put NBN Co in damage control mode.

Opt-out e-health a 'fundamental breach of trust': Victorian regulator
ZDNet ~ Stilgherrian ~ 09/03/2016

The Australian government has committed a "fundamental breach of trust" by flipping personally controlled e-health records (PCEHR) from an opt-in system to opt-out, according to Victoria's Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection, David Watts.

Diabetes apps spark privacy concerns
6minutes ~ Rachel Worsley ~ 09/03/2016

Many diabetes apps are collecting and sharing patients’ private information without their knowledge, US researchers have warned.

Five charged over $500k Medicare fraud
Medical Observer ~ AAP ~ 09/03/2016

Five people have been charged with using fake and stolen medical records to plunder more than $500,000 from Medicare.

Smart homes coming this year
The Australian ~ David Swan ~ 09/03/2016

Elderly Australians will soon be reminded when to take medication and when to have a glass of water by their house, with Samsung and Deakin University launching a smart house trial for in-home aged care.

Mater Health back in the market for a CIO
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 08/03/2016

Private hospital operator Mater Health has found itself advertising once again for a CIO after Mal Thatcher decided he would not return following a year-long stint at the helm of Queensland Health’s IT division.

Renamed eHealth record launched as opt-out trials get underway
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 07/03/2016

The Federal Government has officially launched the revamped national digital health record ahead of the opt-out trials, which will see the automatic registration of one million Australians in the two test regions.

Emerging developments in the better use of monitoring data
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 07/023/2016

Using data from sensors and wearable devices to move from reactive to proactive care is a hot topic in health and aged care, and while very much an emerging area, many are working on solutions.

More Australians can stay healthier and out of hospital – here’s how
The Conversation ~ Hal Swerissen ~ 07/03/2016

Each year the Australian government spends at least A$1 billion on planning, coordinating and reviewing the care of people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, in general practice.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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