Australasian health IT week in review: July 2

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending July 2:

Malcolm Turnbull promises nobody will pay more to see the doctor despite rebate freeze
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Michael Koziol, Jane Lee ~ 01/07/2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised nobody will pay more to see the doctor as a result of the Coalition's extended freeze on Medicare rebates, even as GPs prepare to charge patients co-payments for the first time.

Labor looking ahead on NBN while Coalition stuck at 25Mbps
ZDNet ~ Chris Duckett ~ 01/07/2016

As Australia limps to the finish line of its eight-week election campaign, voters will once again receive the NBN they voted for.

‘Devastating’ impact: budget cuts will reduce aged care funding by $2.5 billion
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Staff writer ~ 01/07/2016

The Commonwealth’s controversial changes to aged care funding will cost the sector in excess of $2.5 billion over the next four years, almost $840 million more than the government has estimated, a major new analysis shows.

Telstra network outage leaves customers fuming
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Marika Dobbin and Lucy Battersby ~ 01/07/2016

Hospitals including the Royal Melbourne Hospital (its webmail system went down) and Mitcham Private Hospital in Melbourne reported being affected.

Waikato DHB opens up online library of medical research to GPs
NZDoctor ~ Cliff Taylor ~ 30/06/2016

GPs in Waikato have been given free online access to the latest medical research via a new service launched by their DHB.

RACGP announces next president
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 29/06/2016

Tasmanian GP Dr Bastian Seidel is to become the next president of the RACGP.

Where to now for the NBN
The Australian ~ Mark Gregory ~ 29/06/2016

While the National Broadband Network (NBN) may not be the standout election issue there should be concern within Coalition ranks that the ABC Vote Compass found that about 70 per cent of Australians favour returning to an all fibre fixed access network even if it takes longer and costs more.

Medicare freeze to cost Victoria $230 million
The Age ~ Josh Gordon ~ 29/06/2016

Victoria has gone on the offensive over health, with departmental advice warning a Turnbull Government decision to freeze the Medicare rebate for an extra two years will cost the state $230 million.

NBN Co's chief architect quits
ITNews ~ Staff writer ~ 29/06/2016

NBN Co's chief architect Tony Cross will leave the network builder on Friday after more than six years leading the organisation's network architecture operations.

Medicare outsourcing a 'licence to steal', says billing pioneer Margaret Faux
The Canberra Times ~ Noel Towell ~ 28/06/2016

Outsourced Medicare payments could be handing companies a "licence to steal" taxpayers' money, one of Australia's leading health finance figures has warned.

Does myGov need a new bureaucratic supremo?
The Mandarin ~ Staff writer ~ 28/06/2016

Has the Digital Transformation Office really taken control of myGov from the Department of Human Services, or will it if the federal government is returned in the looming election?

South Australia’s government to fund gigabit network for Adelaide
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 27/06/2016

South Australia will fund the roll out of a fibre optic network offering gigabit per second speeds – and potentially up to 10Gbps – for businesses in Adelaide.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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