Australasian health IT week in review: May 7

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending May 7:

GPs facing 'full-frontal ideological attack': RACGP
Australian Doctor ~ Frank Jones ~ 06/05/2016

Tuesday night’s Budget was a body blow to all GPs and the nation’s world-class healthcare system, and a full-frontal ideological attack on Medicare.

FTTN revenue begins to trickle in for NBN
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 06/05/2016

For the first time since the technology launched last year, NBN has recorded revenue from fibre to the node (FTTN). Albeit only a trickle, even by the standards of the still-under-construction National Broadband Network.

Breaking down the barriers to scale in telehealth
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 06/05/2016

Making telehealth so easy to use that it requires no training, is business as usual in institutions, and a diagnostic tool completely separate from health provision, are among approaches needed to ramp up its widespread availability, a recent health event has heard.

Medical apps: lifesavers or dangers to health?
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Andrew Masterson ~ 05/05/2016

Researchers around the world are warning that none of the 165,000 available medical apps have been properly tested.

Pharmacy ownership to be open to all 'fit and proper' people
NZ Doctor ~ Staff writer ~ 05/05/2016

Government discussion papers confirm the powers-that-be are going ahead with plans to scrap current rules around pharmacy ownership.

eHealth NSW reveals how it is engaging clinicians
ITNews ~ Andrew Sadauskas ~ 05/05/2016

The complexity of e-health programs lies as much in engaging stakeholders as it does with developing the technology itself, according to a senior manager in eHealth NSW’s electronic record for intensive care (eRIC) program.

NZ government allots $22.2M for Computer Emergency Response Team
CIO New Zealand ~ Divina Paredes ~ 05/05/2016

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the government has included an investment of $22.2 million for Budget 2016 to boost the country’s cybersecurity infrastructure.

Freeze will cost GPs $50,000 in 2019
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 04/05/2016

The new Medicare rebate freeze will cost the average GP more than $50,000 in lost income in 2019.

Budget 2016: NBN is running out of money
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Hannah Francis ~ 04/05/2016

The Turnbull government's $29.5 billion cap on public funding for the national broadband network is set to run out by the end of the 2016-17 financial year, budget papers reveal.

Budget: Gov hacks $1 billion from Medicare
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 04/05/2016

Another billion dollars will be effectively cut from Medicare after the Federal Government pledges to extend the rebate freeze until 2020.

NSW launches 10-year eHealth strategy
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 03/05/2016

The New South Wales government has unveiled a strategy designed to map out the future of eHealth in the state from 2016 through to 2026.

Federal budget 2016: health experts react
The Conversation ~ Stephen Duckett et al ~ 03/05/2016

For health care at least, this is a no surprises budget, albeit dressed up with some fancy announcements. The major positives have been pre-announced with confirmation now appearing in the budget papers.

NSW govt to finish e-health records rollout within four years
iTNews ~ Andrew Sadauskas ~ 03/05/2016

The NSW state government has committed to completing the rollout of electronic medical records within the next four years as part of its latest e-health policy.

Smartphone injuries cost ACC hundreds of thousands ~ Staff writer ~ 03/05/2016

The number of cellphone-related accidents registered by ACC has grown by a third in the period with nearly 750 people making claims for injuries involving cellphones since 2012.

Right equipment key to ensuring obese patients not embarrassed to visit GP
NZDoctor ~ Fiona Thomas ~ 02/05/2016

Patients embarrassed at being too overweight to use standard equipment will avoid visiting their GP, increasing their health problems, a Dunedin dietitian says.

6 top sources used by junior doctors for clinical queries
Australian Doctor ~ Michael Woodhead ~ 29/04/2016

The days when a junior doctor would consult a dog-eared copy of MIMS for clinical information are long gone, according to a survey of 142 junior staff at an SA hospital.

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