Welcome to the ninth edition of Pulse+IT, Australia’s first and only Health IT magazine.

This edition is being launched at a busy time for e-Health in Australia, with many developments emerging that are likely to prove pivotal in the months and years to come. Details of the “work in progress” National e-Health Plan have started to appear, electronic prescribing is threatening to step out of the periphery, and Open Source software is beginning to gain traction in Health IT circles. Personal Health Record solutions are garnering attention, and the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA)— under the recently refreshed stewardship of an interim CEO and newly appointed Chair — continues to reorientate in the lead up to the Council of Australian Governments meeting to be held in Perth in early October.

The release of this edition marks the second anniversary of the launch of our publication, and based on the aforementioned developments, the start of what I expect will prove to be a very busy third year for us at Pulse+IT.

Having founded the publication with a respectable distribution of 10,000 hard copies, subsequent interest in the publication has seen it quadruple in circulation and expand in scope, with magazines now sent to all corners of the health sector. Strong coffee and late nights aside, this unprecedented growth would not have been possible without the ongoing support of our writers, advertisers and subscribers. So to all those who have been supportive of our publication to date, I offer my sincere thanks and gratitude.

This Edition

This edition’s Bits&Bytes section includes significant coverage of numerous e-Health events, including the recently held HL7 Australia Conference and the IHE Connectathon. Coverage of several forthcoming events, including the Health Informatics Conference 2008 (HIC’08), Health-e-Nation, ITAC08, the Nursing Informatics Australia Conference, and the Health Information Managers Association of Australia Symposium also feature in this edition. A first look at a Red Book guidelines utility is also included, as is coverage of a recently commenced electronic cohort study, which is seeking to examine the factors influencing the career decisions of Australian doctors and medical students.

The Australian General Practice Network announces the release of their self-help broadband Internet guide, and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners contributes an article about the Pen Computer Systems’ Clinical Audit Tool. This edition also contains an organisational contribution from NEHTA, which discusses some of the privacy implications of their Individual Electronic Health Record (IEHR) proposal.

Dr Sam Heard has contributed a guest editorial canvassing his views about what Australia’s future e-Health data landscape will look like, and Pulse+IT interviews Derek Gower from Houston Medical. Linda Batson commences a series on Health IT project management, and a follow-up to last edition’s article on mobile computing hardware is included, this instalment highlighting some examples of clinical software designed specifically for smart phones. Scot Connolly takes a look at some technologies that can help readers reduce their home phone bills, while Louis Joseph shares his thoughts on Virtualisation technology as it applies for use on the desktop. Fiona MacTavish delivers an overview of transaction processing in MYOB, and Simon Ingram introduces the reader to free open source software.

Looking Forward

In-line with a planned page count boost, the next edition of Pulse+IT will contain a significantly expanded Bits&Bytes section, featuring detailed coverage of HIC’08 and the other e-Health related conferences scheduled for the coming quarter. The edition will also feature a large selection of technical articles, including instalments encompassing secure messaging for specialists, physical IT security, healthcare related open source software, VoIP for medical practices and other small healthcare organisations, and server virtualisation technology. Fiona MacTavish will conclude the series on MYOB for the medical practice, and Linda Batson will continue her series on Health IT project management.

More information about these proposed articles is available on our website under the “About” section — as always, your feedback and suggestions are most welcome.

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