Australasian health IT week in review: June 25

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending June 25:

Aged care funding cuts will push burden onto ‘overstretched hospital system’
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Darragh O'Keefe ~ 24/06/2016

Older people who are cash-strapped and have complex healthcare needs will end up in the hospital system as the government’s recent funding cuts limit the ability of aged care operators to accommodate these seniors in residential care.

Queensland Health CIO quits
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 24/06/2016

The Queensland Health chief information officer and CEO of eHealth Queensland, Colin McCririck, has resigned.

Is Medicare under threat? Making sense of the privatisation debate
The Conversation ~ Stephen Duckett ~ 23/06/2016

Many Australians will go to the polls on July 2 believing the future of Medicare is at stake. In a sense it is – but not because of the government’s plans, now ditched under the heat of a campaign, to outsource IT functions.

Govt grants should fund Kiwi tech pilots rather than hand out cash
BusinessDesk ~ Fiona Rotherham ~ 23/06/2016

An alternative to government funding agencies handing out cash grants to small-to-medium-sized enterprises would be paying local organisations such as District Health Boards to trial their products so they can get New Zealand customers and data at an early stage.

The need for speed: there’s still time to fix Australia’s NBN
The Conversation ~ Mike Quigley ~ 22/06/2016

A National Broadband Network (NBN) based on Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) was, and still is, the right answer for Australia’s broadband needs.

End in sight for Queensland Health's Windows 7 migration
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 22/06/2016

Queensland Health says the largest part of a massive migration program that will see its standard operating environment shift from Windows XP to Windows 7 is expected to be completed by mid-July at the latest.

Health tech contributes $1.3b, 'major growth potential'
New Zealand Herald ~ Staff writer ~ 22/06/2016

The health technology sector turned over $1.3 billion last year according to a review of the industry published today.

Fewer cold calls but now family pressure on GPs to sign off medical alarms
NZDoctor ~ Fiona Thomas ~ 22/06/2016

Self-regulation in the medical alarm business has seen the number of providers drop from about 33 to four, with one re­sult – less cold-calling of elderly patients.

YourVote: GPs, patients 'should not be hit' to run Medicare, survey says
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Jane Lee ~ 21/06/2016

Most Australians do not think GPs or patients should have to foot the bill for running Medicare and for growing health costs, a Fairfax Media poll shows.

Medicare: Turnbull rules out private sector role in payment systems
The Guardian ~ Lenore Taylor ~ 20/06/2016

The public service will continue work on a revamp of Medicare’s payment systems, but Malcolm Turnbull has now ruled out any role for the private sector in the solution as he fights to quash Labor’s claim he intends to privatise Medicare.

No reason not to outsource 'antique' Medicare payments
Australian Financial Review ~ Ben Potter ~ 20/06/2016

Parts of Medicare's payments system date back to 1984, health and information technology experts said.

Medicare upgrade to be undertaken by government, Malcolm Turnbull says
ABC News ~ Jane Norman ~ 19/06/2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says "efficiencies" will be made within government to upgrade the delivery of Medicare payments after the Coalition dumped plans to outsource the system to the private sector.

Software legal battle could put SA patients' safety at risk
ABC News ~ Angelique Donnellan ~ 18/06/2016

The South Australian government has warned that patient safety will be at risk if it is forced to stop using a crucial software system in country hospitals.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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