Australasian health IT week in review: September 17

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending September 17:

Defects and delays keep Royal Adelaide Hospital on critical list
The Australian ~ Rebecca Puddy ~ 16/09/2016

Today the doors of the nation’s most expensive building, the ­imposing 10-storey Royal Adelaide Hospital, standing tall on the banks of the River Torrens, should swing open to receive patients.


SA Health staff failed to read group email regarding chemotherapy underdosing
ABC News ~ Angelique Donnellan ~ 16/09/2016

An email sent to cancer clinicians highlighting an underdosing error of chemotherapy treatment at the Royal Adelaide Hospital went largely unread, a report to the bungle has found.


Labor and Greens clash over path to review aged care funding cuts
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Darragh O'Keefe ~ 16/09/2016

Australian Greens are unsuccessful in push for Senate inquiry into ACFI cuts, while Labor pursues amending terms of Living Longer Living Better review to include review of funding.


Doctors legally bound by advanced care directives under new bill
Australian Doctor ~ Clare Pain ~ 16/09/2016

Advance care directives will become legally binding on doctors in Victoria, with disciplinary procedures for those flouting the patient’s wishes.


Telstra's $178m cancer register deal under attack
Itnews ~ Allie Coyne ~ 15/09/2016

Labor and the Greens are fighting the government's $178 million plan to outsource its new national cancer screening register to Telstra, arguing the sensitive data should not reside with a private company.


Private operators sought to redevelop, run five regional NSW public hospitals
ABC News ~ Sarah Gerathy ~ 15/09/2016

Non-government operators are being sought to redevelop and run five regional public hospitals across New South Wales.


New medicine approval process to allow quicker access to breakthrough drugs
ABC News ~ Jane Norman ~ 15/09/2016

The federal government is changing the way new medicines are approved to ensure Australians get access to breakthrough drugs more quickly.


GPs failing to regularly upload e-health records
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 14/09/2016

As many as 1500 GP clinics have failed to meet the minimum benchmark for My Health Record participation in the past quarter and risk losing thousands of dollars in incentive payments as a result, the Australian Medical Association has claimed.


1500 practices miss out on e-health PIP payments
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 14/09/2016

Some 1500 GP practices have failed to meet Federal Government targets for uploading MyHealth Records, leaving them thousands of dollars out of pocket.


NZ internet about to leave Australia in the dust
New Zealand Herald ~ Nick Whigham ~ 14/09/2016

Chorus last week announced it would soon be rolling out its 1Gbps high speed internet service across much of New Zealand.


Govt’s Telstra cancer register contract criticised
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 13/09/2016

Labor’s shadow health minister, Catherine King, has launched an attack on the government over its decision to award to Telstra a contract to operate the new National Cancer Screening Register.


Labor moves to block $220m contract with telco giant for medical register
News.com.au ~ Malcolm Farr ~ 13/09/2016

Telstra and the federal government are in a major brawl with Labor which wants to veto the telco as the operator of a register of highly sensitive medical information.


Shaw & Partners to oversee Lincor Ltd health software IPO
Australian Financial Review ~ Sarah Thompson ~ 13/09/2016

Stockbroker Shaw & Partners has been mandated to raise $30 million to help list a new health software company, Lincor Limited.


Practice management software helps doctors focus on patients
The Australian ~ Jackson Hewett ~ 12/09/2016

Marcus Wilson thinks he can make big bucks from medical waste. But not the kind you think.


Posted in Australian eHealth

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