Australasian health IT week in review: May 21

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending May 21:

AFP conducted raids on Labor Party offices after NBN complaints over media leaks
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Matthew Knott ~ 20/05/2016

The Australian Federal Police has hit back at suggestions that the NBN leak-related raids on Labor Party locations, and their timing, were politically influenced and said the government first knew of the raids after they had started.

CSIRO's Data61 enters China tele-medicine market
ITNews ~ Andrew Colley ~ 20/05/2016

CSIRO’s Data61 has taken a major step toward commercialising its Coviu tele-health video platform, signing a memorandum of understanding with one of China’s leading health service importers.

NSW Government funds $100,000 'seniors lounge' to fill facilities gap for ageing Broken Hill population
ABC News ~ Sofie Wainwright and Rebekah Lowe ~ 20/05/2016

An aged care provider at Broken Hill in far west New South Wales says a grant of $100,000 will allow it to set up a "lounge" to reduce boredom among the city's ageing population.

Deakin Uni, Telstra create remote ultrasound robot
ITNews ~ Andrew Sadauskas ~ 20/05/2016

Deakin University has developed a robotics technology with force feedback that can allow clinicians to remotely create ultrasound images of their patients.

AFP raids Labor offices over NBN leaks
ITnews ~ Allie Coyne ~ 19/05/2016

The Australian Federal Police has raided Labor Party offices in Melbourne as part of an investigation into leaked documents concerning the national broadband network.

Statistician says SA health system needs dose of maths to reduce bed shortages
ABC News ~ Staff writer ~ 19/05/2016

Mathematics could be called upon to reduce bed shortages and improve the overall smooth running of South Australia's hospital system, a health statistician says.

Fears practices will lose e-PIP payments
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 19/05/2016

Around 100 practices are at risk of losing e-PIP payments worth thousands of dollars due to confusion over upgrades to practice software.

Fears unvaccinated aged care workers putting lives of elderly at risk
ABC News ~ Sophie Scott ~ 19/06/2016

The lives of elderly people are being put at risk because of worryingly low uptake of flu vaccines among healthcare workers, public health experts have warned.

Labor pledges to end the rebate freeze
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 19/06/2016

Labor says it will lift the Medicare freeze in an attempt to ensure GPs continue to bulk-bill patients.

Arming consumers to navigate a world of choice in assistive technology
Community Care Review ~ Linda Belardi and Natasha Egan ~ 19/05/2016

Empowering consumers and allied health professionals with comprehensive information about assistive technology is critical for delivering appropriate, sustainable and cost-effective solutions.

GPs use scripts to campaign against Medicare freeze
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 17/05/2016

GPs are turning their patient scripts into a weapon against the Federal Government's Medicare freeze.

Government moves to allay fears for future of eating disorder helpline
ABC News ~ Sophie Scott ~ 16/05/2016

Health Minister Sussan Ley has moved to reassure patients with eating disorders that they will still be able to access specialist counsellors.

Anorexia patients left in the lurch as eating disorder helpline Butterfly Foundation set to be axed
ABC News ~ Sophie Scott ~ 16/05/2016

Australia's only dedicated support service for people with eating disorders is set to be axed next year, under a shake-up of online mental health services.

WA govt launches hospital waiting times app for Perth
ITNews ~ Juha Saarinen ~ 16/05/2016

Perth residents now have the option to use an app on their Apple iOS and Google Android devices to check which hospital has the shortest waiting times.

EPAS hospital system compromising patient care, SA doctors' union says
ABC News ~ Angelique Donnellan ~ 15/05/2016

Patient care is being put at risk by SA Health's new electronic system EPAS, according to a doctor's union, which received a list of complaints from members following a recent rollout.

Government proposes $54m subsidy for type 1 diabetes technology
ABC News ~ Staff writer ~ 15/05/2016

The funding would subsidise the cost of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) devices for up to 4,000 children and young people who have type 1 diabetes.

Election 2016: Rent control, but for pathologists, not for you
The Age ~ Peter Martin ~ 15/05/2016

Why on earth is the Coalition controlling rents? Not for renters of houses or apartments mind you, but for the two big corporations who control three quarters of Australia's pathology industry.

Medical groups still concerned about bulk billing amid Turnbull pathology deal
ABC News ~ Francis Keany ~ 14/05/2016

Doctors' groups say they have concerns about the Prime Minister's pathology deal because the proposed cuts to bulk-billing incentives are still on the table.

New diagnostic technology could mean faster, easier blood tests ~ Rachel Thomas ~ 13/05/2016

Wellington-based medical diagnostics startup company AuramerBio is developing a handheld device that could eliminate the need for laboratories to do the tests.

RSL to take over Adelaide's Repat hospital after its controversial closure in 2017
ABC News ~ Staff writer ~ 13/05/2016

The Returned and Services League (RSL) has won a bid to take over the Daw Park Repatriation General Hospital in Adelaide when it closes next year.

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