Australasian health IT week in review: April 30

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending April 30:

Taking telehealth mainstream
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 29/04/2016

Telehealth in NSW is set to be incorporated across all settings from hospitals to homes in a shift away from small-scale pilots to integration with mainstream services, the state’s health minister has announced.

NBN launches satellite services
ZDNet ~ Corinne Reichert ~ 29/04/2016

Those living in rural and remote Australia will begin being connected to NBN's satellite service at a rate of 5,000 premises per month.

Bureaucratic bloating in health? Oz figures ‘meaningless’, say experts
The Mandarin ~ David Donaldson ~ 29/04/2016

WA’s health system is the nation’s most efficient and bureaucrats are weighing other states down, a report in The Australian asserts. But the data is “meaningless”, health experts tell The Mandarin.

Perth Children's Hospital will be 'progressively opened', Premier Colin Barnett says
ABC News ~ Rebecca Turner ~ 28/04/2016

The State Government may have been shocked by the resignation of the head of the new Perth Children's Hospital, but Premier Colin Barnett says the project is still on track.

Victorian hospitals most efficient, says report, as $800m in funding expected
The Age ~ Jane Lee ~ 28/04/2016

Victorian hospitals are set to receive an estimated $800 million in Commonwealth funding under the most recent deal with the Turnbull government, but this is a fraction of what was once expected.

Regional therapists team up to deliver telehealth support across Australia and abroad
ABC News ~ Melinda Hayter ~ 28/04/2016

A regional occupational therapist believes the use of teleconferencing technology is providing remote families with the confidence to better support their children.

College urges GPs to stop referring to chiropractors
Australian Doctor ~ Mic Cavazzini ~ 27/04/2016

In a hardline stance, the college is also urging the Federal Government to scrap Medicare chronic disease management items for chiropractors.

WA Health gives up on finding a CIO
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 26/04/2016

Western Australia’s health department has thrown in the towel in its hunt for a permanent chief information officer, instead handing the organisation’s IT leadership to a newly-appointed chief executive who has taken control of the state’s health support agency.

Doctors welcome Vic prescription drugs plan
Medical Observer ~ Sheshtyn Paola ~ 26/04/2016

The Victorian government has committed $30 million to a real-time prescription monitoring system in an attempt to crack down on doctor and prescription shopping.

Transforming Health: Emergency doctors say SA Government's reforms are being rushed through
ABC News ~ Staff writer ~ 24/04/2016

Controversial reforms to South Australia's health system are being rushed through without proper consideration of their impact on patients needing surgery, the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) says.

Stolen' medical records found flying around Melbourne park
The Age ~ Julia Medew ~ 21/04/2016

Medical files belonging to at least a dozen patients have allegedly been stolen from a Melbourne GP clinic and dumped in a park, exposing people's most intimate personal history.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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