Australasian health IT week in review: June 11

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending June 11:

GP software blamed for gaping holes in vaccination records
Medical Observer ~ Rada Rouse ~ 10/06/2016

GPs are struggling to keep kids' vaccination records up-to-date, with practice software failures leading to dramatic holes in the data kept by the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR).

Antibiotics being incorrectly prescribed in Australian nursing homes, prompting superbug fears
ABC News ~ Meredith Griffiths and Sophie Scott ~ 10/06/2016

There are fears Australian nursing homes are contributing to the creation of superbugs, with antibiotics being inappropriately prescribed in up to 20 per cent of cases.

Risk of a two-tier aged care system emerging after ACFI cuts: CEO
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Darragh O'Keefe ~ 10/06/2016

New or re-assessed residents who can afford to pay for non-medication based pain management services that have been reduced by ACFI changes may choose to purchase them, but poorer seniors can’t afford to, says Richard Hearn.

CDM program fails to cut hospitalisations
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 10/06/2016

A statewide chronic disease management program intended to reduce hospitalisations actually had the opposite effect, a study has found.

Indigenous touch for technology
New Zealand Herald ~ Helen Twose ~ 10/06/2016

IT system from West Auckland aims for overseas growth.

Computing told us how close we came to a global pandemic of a drug-resistant flu
The Conversation ~ James McCaw ~ 09/06/2016

Driven by the massive increases in computational resources now at our disposal, mathematical scientists are making significant contributions to the study of infection.

Free access to Australian standards no longer available in public libraries
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Lucy Cormack ~ 07/06/2016

Australian standards, which govern everything from the handling of food to safety regulations in the home building industry, will no longer be available in public libraries after a breakdown in publishing negotiations.

Better e-communication key to cutting Medicare costs, says new GP head at AMA
Australian Doctor ~ Kathryn Ryan ~ 07/06/2016

Digital communication between GPs, hospitals and other health services needs to be front and centre of future conversations with government on health funding, says Victorian GP Dr Tony Bartone.

Rebate freeze will set GPs back $11 per general patient consultation
The Conversation ~ Christopher Harrison ~ 06/06/2016

Our new research shows that, by the end of June 2020, an average full-time GP will have lost A$109,000 in total income due to the freeze since July 2015.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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