Australasian health IT week in review: May 28

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending May 28:

Real-time decision support tool aims to help staff treat dementia-related behaviours
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 27/05/2016

A residential aged care trial underway is testing an Australian-developed web, tablet and mobile tool that aims to improve the way aged care professionals respond to the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

Young people embrace text message reminders to help curb binge drinking
ABC News ~ Freya Michie ~ 27/05/2016

Public health researchers with Melbourne's Burnet Institute have been trialling the use of personalised mobile phone messages to help young Australians to curb their binge drinking.

NT Government under pressure to get dialysis truck on the move by community health service
ABC News ~ Shuba Krishnan ~ 27/05/2016

A Central Australian dialysis service is appealing to the Northern Territory Government to put its renal dialysis truck to better use.

Budget 2016: Cash-strapped health sector receives record $2.2b shot in the arm ~ Stacey Kirk ~ 26/05/2016

A record $2.2b injection into the health sector will boost the coffers of cash-strapped District Health Boards, but Opposition parties are predicting a $50m shortfall.

Minister puts hard word on DHBs but not ready to rule on VLCA
NZDoctor ~ Virgina McMillan ~ 26/05/2016

The health minister says he has given overriding instructions to DHBs to move services into primary care and they are not going to do that by cutting primary care funding.

Budget 2016, like the curate’s egg: PHO Alliance head
NZDoctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 26/05/2015

PHO Alliance chair John Ayling likens Budget 2016 to the curate’s egg, an historical term for describing something good in parts and bad in others.

Telstra wins National Cancer Screening Register contract
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 26/05/2016

Telstra Health has won a five-year contract with the Department of Health that will see the healthcare wing of Australia’s largest telco establish and operate the National Cancer Screening Register.

Telstra wins deal to run $180m national cancer register
ITNews ~ Andrew Sadauskas ~ 26/05/2016

Telstra Health has won a $178.3 million federal government contract to maintain and implement a system for managing the cancer screening results of more than 11 million patients.

South Australia launches first Tier-3 data centre
CIO Australia ~ Bonnie Gardiner ~ 25/05/2016

South Australia is set benefit from $1 billion worth of cloud data services following the launch of the YourDC data centre in North Adelaide on Wednesday.

Ageing population blamed for 80 per cent increase in palliative care spending
ABC News ~ Georgia Hitch ~ 25/05/2016

Spending on specialist medicine services for palliative care has increased by nearly 80 per cent over the past five years, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

No regrets ditching NBN FTTP rollout, says Pyne
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 24/05/2016

The government’s industry, innovation and science minister says the Coalition does not regret the decision to ditch the fibre to the premises (FTTP) blueprint for the National Broadband Network.

85 percent of voters support the NBN
ZDNet ~ Chris Duckett ~ 24/05/2016

The National Broadband Network (NBN) continues to have widespread support throughout the electorate, with an exclusive ZDNet survey undertaken by Metapoll revealing that the project currently enjoys clear majority support with Australians.

NT to spend $185.9m on health ICT overhaul
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 24/05/2016

The Northern Territory government has earmarked $185.9 million over five years for its ambitious overhaul of health ICT, the Core Clinical Systems Renewal Program (CCSRP).

SA govt's legacy software showdown set for December
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 24/05/2016

The South Australian government will go head-to-head with its supplier of critical rural patient systems in a ten-day December trial over the state's refusal to stop using the product despite its licences having long expired.

GPs told to abandon hand-written referrals
Medical Observer ~ Staff writer ~ 23/05/2016

GPs should stop writing referrals to emergency departments by hand because they're too hard to read and generally of poorer quality than typed referrals.

Sussan Ley supports Medicare rebate freeze rollback
ABC News ~ Caitlyn Gribbin ~ 23/05/2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has tried to clarify Health Minister Sussan Ley's claims her push to lift the government's freeze on Medicare rebates is being blocked by departmental red tape.

Southern GPs and hospital doctors to get easier access to patient records
NZ Doctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 23/05/2016

Southern DHB will join South Canterbury, West Coast and Canterbury DHBs in using the shared patient record system, HealthOne.

Robotics technology brings remote ultrasounds one step closer
ABC News ~ David Taylor ~ 21/05/2016

Australians may soon be able to undergo an ultrasound without an operator in sight.

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