Australasian health IT week in review: August 6

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending August 6:

More to do on e-med management in aged care
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Rohan Elliott ~ 03/08/2016

The full benefits of electronic medication management systems in aged care are currently not available in Australia largely due to the lack of integration with electronic prescribing.

National health statistics on rural health not fit for purpose, say researchers
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 05/08/2016

National health statistics on rural health are not fit for purpose with revelations several hundred thousand people accessing health services are wrongly classified as “rural” or “urban”, researchers say.

South Australia to pay $5m to continue using old patient records system
ABC News ~ Sarah Scopelianos ~ 05/08/2016

The South Australian Government has had to make a multi-million-dollar settlement with a software company to keep using an outdated system to maintain patient records at country hospitals.

SA govt settles unlicensed software lawsuit
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 04/08/2016

The South Australian government has managed to resolve its differences with hospital software provider Global Health, preventing a potentially messy Supreme Court trial set down for the end of this year.

Milner the only survivor from National Health IT Board
NZ Doctor ~ Fiona Thomas ~ 04/08/2016

Former chair of the National Health IT Board, Murray Milner, is the only board member to be appointed to the advisory group replacing the health IT board.

Perth Children's Hospital opening delayed after contractor John Holland misses handover deadline
ABC News ~ Andrew O'Connor ~ 03/08/2016

The opening of the new $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital will be further delayed after contractor John Holland failed to complete the building for the scheduled handover date of August 4.

Wellington practice confident at start of ‘health care home’ evolution
NZ Doctor ~ Virgina McMillan ~ 03/08/2016

As pressure ramps up for more government investment in primary care, Newlands Medical Centre staff report a promising start to efforts to turn the practice into a health care home.

Chemotherapy under-dosing: State's plan to probe treatment issues unrealistic, doctor says
ABC News ~ Jean Kennedy ~ 03/08/2016

The under-dosing of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment at three Sydney hospitals is not systemic and more likely the actions of a few "rogue elements", the Australian Medical Association says.

More than 4 million people register for national eHealth record
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 03/08/2016

My Health Record – the system formerly known as the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) – has hit a new milestone with 4 million sign-ups.

Controversial UK e-health boss takes over MyHealth Record
Australian Doctor ~ Antony Scholefield ~ 02/08/2016

A controversial digital health chief has been tasked with breathing life into the moribund MyHealth Record system.

Australia’s new digital health CEO ready to revive e-health
The Mandarin ~ Staff writer ~ 02/08/2016

The federal government has appointed Tim Kelsey as chief executive of the Australian Digital Health Agency, less than a year after he came to Australia to work as commercial and strategy director for Telstra Health.

Telstra Health exec named inaugural boss of Digital Health Agency
ITNews ~ Juha Saarinen ~ 02/08/2016

The federal government has picked former Telstra Health executive Tim Kelsey to lead its new Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA).

Posted in Australian eHealth

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