Australasian health IT week in review: July 9

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending July 9:

Three reasons why we should have seen Labor’s ‘Medicare SMS’ coming
The Conversation ~ Stephen Mills ~ 08/07/2016

Labor’s Medicare SMS, texted to voters in the dying hours of the election campaign, has become famous for all the wrong reasons.

Green Cross Health evolves with Medtech
NZDoctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 08/07/2016

Green Cross Health is rolling out the Medtech Evolution practice management system across its 47 practices.

NDIS payment system error leaves providers, participants unpaid for three weeks
ABC News ~ Nance Haxton ~ 08/07/2016

A breakdown in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) payment system has left providers and participants unpaid for the past three weeks.

GP eyes on plans for Dunedin Hospital
NZDoctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 08/07/2016

The $300 million project is in the early stages of planning however, Dunedin GP and Southern DHB’s primary care advisor, Jim Reid, has been involved in some early discussions as a member of the board’s senior executive leadership team.

Technology helps aged care go mobile
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 06/07/2016

Online is no longer enough for residential and community aged care workers. They need access to information and applications where they are; whether that is at the point of care or on the road.

AMA renews call for Coalition to lift Medicare rebate freeze
ABC News ~ Naomi Woodley ~ 06/07/2016

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has renewed its call for the freeze on Medicare rebates to be lifted, as the Prime Minister concedes the Coalition must work harder to rebuild public trust when it comes to health policy.

Catalyst suspends reporter over misleading 'Wi-fried' episode
Australian Doctor ~ Clare Pain ~ 06/07/2016

A reporter on the ABC's flagship Catalyst show has been suspended after an episode on the alleged health harms of ‘Wi-Fi' was found to be inaccurate, misleading and biased.

ProCare demands sit-down with minister over funding fears
NZDoctor ~ Cliff Taylor ~ 06/07/2016

The chair of the country’s largest PHO fears for the viability of general practice if problems with the Very Low Cost Access subsidy and capitation are not resolved.

We must convince people we believe in Medicare: Turnbull
The Conversation ~ Michelle Grattan ~ 05/07/2016

Malcolm Turnbull has taken “absolutely full responsibility” for his criticised election campaign, and declared the Coalition must rebuild public trust in itself on the issue of Medicare.

SA's electronic health record system defended despite report finding further problems
ABC News ~ Angelique Donnellan ~ 05/07/2016

The South Australian Government has defended the rollout of its electronic patient records system at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), despite an auditor-general's report identifying further problems with it.

Costly lesson for practice that leaked patient’s abuse history
NZDoctor ~ Ruth Brown ~ 05/07/2016

A general practice that inadvertently revealed a patient’s abuse history will pay compensation to the patient and has changed its postal systems.

Mediscare' campaign worked because voters were already scared
The Age ~ Peter Martin ~ 03/07/2016

Scare campaigns only work when they reinforce or add to what is already known.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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