Australasian health IT week in review: October 1

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending October 1:

Pledge to open new Perth Children's Hospital 'before end of year'
ABC News ~ Jacob Kagi ~ 30/09/2016

WA Premier Colin Barnett has guaranteed the trouble-plagued new Perth Children's Hospital will open this year but still cannot say exactly when that will occur.

Pragmatic Kiwis refuse to buy into wearables hype: IDC
CIO NZ ~ Divina Paredes ~ 29/09/2016

Adoption of smartwatches and fitness wearables is growing year on year, but the latest IDC research suggests Kiwi consumers may already be over the initial hype of these devices.

E-Health reprieve means practices will retain payments
Medical Observer ~ Staff writer ~ 29/09/2016

GPs have been given a welcome e-health reprieve with the government deciding to extend the deadline for practices to comply with new rules around digital health incentive payments.

Investigation launched after health department data privacy snafu
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 29/09/2016

The Australian Privacy Commissioner has launched an investigation following revelations that doctor and other service provider ID numbers may be able to be extracted from datasets released by the Department of Health.

Health pulls Medicare dataset after breach of doctor details
itNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 29/09/2016

The Department of Health has removed a research dataset based on Medicare and PBS claims from its open data portal after a team of Melbourne researchers pointed out that practitioner details could be decrypted.

NBN ditches Optus HFC for FTTdp
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 28/09/2016

NBN will not be using Optus’ hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) assets outside of the one area — Redcliffe in Queensland — where they are currently used to provide National Broadband Network connections. Instead the company has announced it will proceed with a larger rollout of fibre to the distribution point (FTTdp) in the areas within the Optus HFC footprint.

GP drug calculations set to get easier
Australian Doctor ~ Antony Scholefield ~ 27/09/2016

DoseMe uses a patient’s age, height and weight, plus extra information from pathology results, to calculate the right dose of a particular drug that should be administered to an individual patient.

Can this man take doctors beyond the fax?
Medical Observer ~ Neil Bramley ~ 27/09/2016

In a recent speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Mr Kelsey described the opportunities for improved healthcare outcomes for patients as “the single most important public policy agenda”.

Govt warned against delay to bowel cancer screening
Radio NZ ~ Karen Brown ~ 26/09/2016

Health officials have warned the government against any further delay to the rollout of national screening for bowel cancer.

Smartphone app could replace traditional atrial fibrillation detection in outback Australia
ABC News ~ Brooke Boney ~ 25/09/2016

The iECG replaces a traditional ECG machine to detect atrial fibrillation, which is responsible for one third of all strokes in Australia.

Committee wants heads to roll over WA Health contracts saga
itNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 23/09/2016

WA’s education and health committee has demanded to know if any public servants or agency bosses will face sanctions over the $81 million mismanagement of one of the state health department’s biggest IT contracts.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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