Australasian health IT week in review: April 16

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

Dead people given e-health records in latest bungle for $1 billion government program
Daily Telegraph ~ Sue Dunlevy ~ 16/04/2016

THE federal Health Department is setting up My Health records for people who have been dead for over two decades in the latest bungle to beset the troubled $1 billion project.

It is time to stop using the word 'innovation': Telstra CTO
ZDNet ~ Asha Barbaschow ~ 14/04/2016

When it comes to actually innovating, Telstra CTO Vish Nandlall believes it is best not to use the buzzword and instead describe what is being achieved.

National health strategy to be launched on Monday
NZDoctor ~ Ruth Brown ~ 14/04/2016

Health minister Jonathan Coleman will launch the eagerly awaited New Zealand Health Strategy on Monday morning, spelling out a new vision for healthcare for Kiwis.

TPG to deliver 10Gbps network for medical imaging
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 14/04/2016

TPG will deliver high-speed connectivity to I-MED Network under a deal announced today by the two companies.

Royal Hobart Hospital: AMA urges quick fix to latest upgrade issues
ABC News ~ Peta Carlyon ~ 14/04/2016

Working at the Royal Hobart Hospital "building site" has become more stressful amid problems with temporary buildings, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) says.

Midlands GPs get first peek at new cloud-based PMS from Ireland
NZDoctor ~ Cliff Taylor ~ 13/04/2016

Pinnacle Midlands Health Network has opted for a new patient management system developed offshore, and says it’s a response to practices’ “cry for help”.

AMA, salaried medical officers survey finds concern about Transforming Health policy in SA
ABC News ~ Staff writer ~ 13/04/2016

Two doctor groups in Adelaide say they have surveyed members and found more opposition to planned public health changes in South Australia than the State Government suggests.

WA Health locked into paying dubious data centre invoices
iTNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 13/04/2016

WA government lawyers have told the state it has no choice but continue paying data centre operator Fujitsu for $44 million worth of additions to its contract that were signed by uncertified health officials without proper approval.

NPS MedicineWise says it has reaped $400 million in PBS savings
Australian Doctor ~ Michael Woodhead ~ 13/04/2016

NPS MedicineWise says it has delivered $400 million in PBS savings from its rational prescribing activities since 2010 and is now making inroads into MBS spending on pathology tests and imaging, its annual evaluation report shows.

Pharma mergers and PBS decline instrumental in BEACH closure
Pharmacy News ~ Staff writer ~ 12/04/2016

Pharmaceutical company mergers and declining PBS income were both crucial factors in the demise of Australia’s only GP-oriented research organisation.

DHS' plan to stop people complaining about MyGov
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 12/04/2016

The Department of Human Service’s MyGov portal is one of the biggest, most visible – and undoubtedly most complained about – digital government initiatives in Australia right now.

Orion Health shares soar on new UK contracts
New Zealand Herald ~ Staff writer ~ 12/04/2016

Orion Health shares extended their advance after the health systems software developer signed up a pair of new clients in the UK.

NBN: Return to fibre-to-the-home rollout seems increasingly unlikely
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 11/04/2016

The odds that the National Broadband Network rollout will return to the original plan that called for most homes to be connected by fibre to the premises (FTTP) seem to be slim at best.

Pharmacist exposes alleged steroid trafficking racket
Pharmacy News ~ AAP ~ 11/04/2016

A handwritten prescription rang alarm bells for a pharmacist who called police, exposing an alleged testosterone and anabolic steroids trafficking racket at a Melbourne sports medicine and anti-ageing clinic.

Revealed: Australia's new cyber security strategy
ITNews ~ Allie Coyne ~ 11/04/2016

The federal government will lean heavily on the private sector to help it deliver its long-awaited national cyber security policy and initiatives like voluntary infosec health checks for businesses and joint threat sharing centres in capital cities.

Axe falls on largest GP research project
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 11/04/2016

The country’s largest GP research project is to be axed after 18 years, leaving Australia with no “valid, reliable and independent data source” of clinical activity in general practice.

Telstra scores $1.6b NBN HFC contract
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 11/04/2016

Telstra has been awarded a mammoth NBN contract for work on the telco’s hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network, which is being incorporated into the National Broadband Network.

SA Pathology cancer test bungles to be examined in safety review
ABC News ~ Staff writer ~ 09/04/2016

A review into two SA Pathology prostate cancer testing blunders will be launched by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality next week.

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