Pulse+IT: 2008.4

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

The magazine you are now reading will be the last copy of Pulse+IT to be released as a quarterly printed publication. However fear not — unlike many print publications getting battered by the deteriorating economic conditions, Pulse+IT will move forward with an expanded frequency of “bi-monthly, less one”. That is, printed copies of Pulse+IT will be released every second month starting at the beginning of March each year, for a hard copy circulation of five editions per year.

These expansion plans have been formulated in direct response to the rapidly increasing number of Health IT related developments occurring in Australia and beyond.

As part of this development, the Pulse+IT website will be upgraded throughout January and February. Once completed, it will incorporate many of the modern technologies found on popular news‑centric websites with a view to better accommodating timely Health IT news updates. The popular online graphical version of the printed magazine will be retained going forward.

Now Hiring!

To assist with the aforementioned expansion plans, Pulse+IT is currently undertaking to recruit staff journalists to bolster the publication’s capacity to stay on top of the latest Health IT developments. With this in mind, if you have an interest in Health IT and a penchant for writing, you may like to peruse the formal job descriptions available on the Pulse+IT website and get in touch.

More Partnerships Forged

I am pleased to report that the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) has recently partnered with Pulse+IT in an arrangement that will see HIMAA provide this and all future copies of Pulse+IT as a service to their membership.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the HIMAA team for their support of Pulse+IT, and for the professional and efficient manner in which they have brought this partnership to fruition. I would also like to extend a welcome to the HIMAA membership — your feedback, ideas and contributions are most welcome!

Pending a favourable response to this edition from members of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), a similar partnership arrangement is expected to be formalised in early 2009. With this in mind, I encourage HISA members interested in receiving future copies of Pulse+IT to respond to the feedback survey being conducted by HISA, which can be found at the HISA website.

This Edition

This edition features an expanded Bits&Bytes section containing a diverse mix of articles covering several recent Health IT developments from around Australia.

Pulse+IT interviews Dr Nicholas Kemp from the Practice Management Software Company, developers of GPComplete, and NEHTA introduce the National Product Catalogue.

Dr Henry Konopnicki outlines some of the applications available for the iPhone suitable for use by clinicians, and Dr Paul Mara presents an introduction to online trading for those interested in taking more control of their investments in the current difficult climate.

Linda Batson continues her project management series, while Robyn Peters provides an overview of common financial reports. Cameron Newman outlines the benefits of Virtualisation technology, and I review the Kyocera FS-1300D, a versatile laser printer suitable for use in typical consultation settings.

Looking forward

A draft features list for 2009 has been released and is available from the Pulse+IT website. While I expect this will evolve in line with readership feedback and industry developments, this resource should give readers and potential contributors a good overview of the types of themes Pulse+IT will be covering throughout 2009 — as always, your feedback and suggestions are most welcome.

Finally, my sincere thanks to all who have supported the first ten editions of Pulse+IT. I wish all a happy and safe Christmas period and look forward to hearing from you in the new year.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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