Welcome to the seventh edition of Pulse+IT, Australia’s first and only Health IT magazine. Regular readers will note that the magazine has received a design overhaul since our November edition. While we hope our readership will find this new look more aesthetically pleasing, the primary motivation for the style change was to provide us with a more versatile layout capable of accommodating articles of a variety of shapes, sizes and technical complexities. The best example of this new style direction can be seen towards the front of the magazine in our revamped and significantly expanded Bits&Bytes news section. More in-depth technical articles will still be a major feature of Pulse+IT going forward and constitute most of the second half of this edition. Pulse+IT Online RAMPS UP Not to be outdone by its printed sibling, the Pulse+IT website has also been redesigned to improve both the appearance and functionality of the site. As part of this refresh, an online events calendar has been added, and the site’s banner advertisement positions have been brought in-line with the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) standards. As has always been the case, all content from all printed editions of Pulse+IT is available at our website. After a tentative start last year, the Pulse+IT eNewsletter service is now in full swing. Each Tuesday, a collection of original Health IT articles and links to relevant third party content will be distributed to our eNewsletter subscriber list, with a view to keeping our readership up-to-date on Australian Health IT developments between releases of our quarterly magazine. The Pulse+IT eNewsletter service is free and we encourage all readers of our magazine to sign up via our website. PARTNERSHIPS Forged The past few months have been a busy time for Pulse+IT behind the scenes, with several important partnerships being established. Firstly, the Australian Association of Practice Managers (AAPM) has committed to circulating this and all future editions of Pulse+IT to their entire membership base, a welcome initiative that will ensure that one of private practice’s key IT decision making groups has ongoing access to timely and relevant IT information. The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) has appointed Pulse+IT as its official media partner for its 2008 Health Informatics Conference (HIC), which will commence in late August in Melbourne. As the largest informatics and Health IT conference on Australia’s calendar, this event is one we are very proud to be associated with. Pulse+IT has also been awarded media partner duties for IQPC Event’s forthcoming Electronic Health Record and Data Management Conference to be held in Sydney in April. For more information about each of these conferences, please refer to the events calendar on page 26 of this edition of Pulse+IT, or visit the events calendar on our website. This edition In addition to a significant news section, this edition contains organisational contributions from the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN), the National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA), and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). An interview with Dr Andrew Pascoe, Zedmed’s Clinical Director, is also included, as are feature articles covering Decision Support, IT Sustainability, Health IT Recruiting, Clinical Trials and Electronic Medical Records, the Collaborative Centre for eHealth and the Australian Healthcare Messaging Laboratory. Our cover story on specialist computing, the first article in a four part series, rounds out this edition. I would like to thank all editorial contributors to this edition, namely Matthew Antcliff, Dr Paul Cooper, Andy David, Heather Hunt, Dr Ronald McCoy, Dr David More, Chris Paine, Glenn Stephens and John Stewart. Their collective contribution to this edition has allowed us to compile what is undoubtedly the most diverse edition of Pulse+IT to date. The next edition of Pulse+IT will be sent to subscribers in early May. As always, in the run up to this edition, I look forward to your suggestions and feedback. Simon James, Editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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