Australasian health IT week in review: July 16

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending July 16:

AMA revives debate on GP co-payment, criticises Coalition election strategy
ABC News ~ Eliza Borrello ~ 15/07/2016

The head of the Australian Medical Association has launched a stinging critique of the federal Government's election strategy, while suggesting it revisit the concept of a GP co-payment.

Put GP co-payment plan back on table, says AMA
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 15/07/2016

The AMA is calling on the Federal Government to come up with a new GP co-payment plan, saying the $2.4 billion needed to offset the Medicare freeze is not going to be found "behind a pot plant”.

Young people with anxiety helped by Queensland-developed Brave Program
ABC News ~ Andrew Kos ~ 15/07/2016

Every year a quarter of all Australian young people experience mental health issues and more than half of them are too embarrassed to discuss the problem.

Telstra sees growth opportunities in enterprise mobility
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 14/07/2016

Telstra has struck an agreement to acquire MSC Mobility, the telco announced today.

VR opens doors for residents
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Darragh O'Keefe ~ 13/07/2016

With devices becoming more affordable, the use of virtual reality as a therapeutic tool in aged care is increasing, and many developers are working to produce content specifically for residents.

Fears for future of research on 'real world' GP patients
Australian Doctor ~ Tessa Hoffman ~ 13/07/2016

The evidence-base for treating "real world" GP patients will be severely restricted by Federal Government cuts to primary care research, academics warn.

Many Australians pay too much for health care
The Conversation ~ Stephen Duckett ~ 13/07/2016

Health policy was an important factor in the election outcome, but one of the most important issues in the health sector – out-of-pocket costs – was mostly ignored.

Dismal picture painted of southern health system
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 12/07/2016

The southern region’s general practices should be supported to cluster into larger groups, and new investment is needed in enhanced models of primary care, Sapere Research Group says

Indici interest grows as PHOs review their PMS options
NZ Doctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 11/07/2016

Indici, a new practice management system developed by Valentia Technologies, is gaining interest from more PHOs throughout the North Island.

MRI scans could be safe for people with medical implants thanks to Waikato duo ~ Libby WIlson ~ 11/07/2016

Medical implant leads can heat up during an MRI scan, but electronics engineering Professor Jonathan Scott says he and graduate student Steve McCabe have invented a way to stop that.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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