Australasian health IT week in review: August 20

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending August 20:

Australia to play role in IBM cognitive eye health project
ITNews ~ Ry Crozier ~ 19/08/2016

Researchers at IBM Australia will play a role in building a “cognitive assistant” the IT giant hopes will help ophthalmologists diagnose eye conditions from medical image data.


GP gives MyAgedCare's two-calls policy a fail
Australian Doctor ~ Antony Scholefield ~ 19/08/2016

MyAgedCare staff always ring twice, but only twice, according to a GP who says the call centre’s “two attempts” policy for contacting elderly patients is inadequate.


Doctors warn over diagnosis apps amid Ada launch
The Canberra Times ~ Julia Medew ~ 19/08/2016

It is marketed as being "smarter than human doctors" and the "world's most accurate health diagnosis service".


Government response to NDIS payment problems criticised by Labor
ABC News ~ Matthew Doran ~ 18/08/2016

The Federal Opposition has seized on reports some disability service providers have gone without payments under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), suggesting the Government is dragging its feet and being secretive about a review into the problem.


Medical Council launches statement to give telehealth room to grow
NZ Doctor ~ Ruth Brown ~ 16/08/2016

A new statement on telehealth practices is intended to make sure current guidelines don’t get in the way of innovative IT solutions, Medical Council chair Andrew Connolly says.


Fisher and Paykel Healthcare files US patent infringement against rival ResMed
New Zealand Herald ~ Jonathan Underhill ~ 16/08/2016

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, the medical devices maker, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the US against ResMed, claiming its rival used its technology in its breathing masks and air flow products.


Govt releases billion-line 'de-identified' health dataset
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 15/08/2016

The Department of Health has released a huge tranche of de-identified Medicare and PBS claims dating back to 1984, in an effort to help researchers identify pain points in the public health system.


Posted in Australian eHealth

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