Australasian health IT week in review: April 23

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health, IT and eHealth news for the week ending April 23:

New health strategy’s IT approach gets cautious thumbs up from rural sector
NZDoctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 22/04/2016

The New Zealand Health Strategy approach to health IT is not a “silver bullet” because a single solution is impossible, says the head of a technology advocacy group.

Behind the scenes of the fibre roll-out
New Zealand Herald ~ Sophie Ryan ~ 22/04/2016

"The first thing [people would ask] was 'why do we need fibre?' Now that's all changed and people understand why we need it, they're asking 'when can we get it?'"

HFC a great broadband option
The Australian ~ Rob Kenny ~ 22/04/2016

As an executive and consultant in the telecoms industry for the last 25 years I have watched – and occasionally participated in – the NBN debate in Australia with great interest.

Govt names new e-health leadership
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 22/04/2016

The federal government has named the 11 board members set to steer its new e-health directive as it prepares to establish the Australian Digital Health Agency in place of the soon-to-be-abolished NeHTA.

Transforming Health: Community must have say on repat hospital redevelopment
ABC News ~ Tom Fedorowytsch ~ 21/04/2016

The Adelaide community must have a say on plans for the future of the Daw Park Repatriation General Hospital, South Australia's Opposition says.

Mobile app and coaching aim to cut stroke and cardiovascular risk
NZDoctor ~ Fiona Thomas ~ 21/04/2016

A need to get patients motivated about their own health has prompted two trials looking at new ways to prevent stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Townsville Hospital's tele-health delivers cancer treatments to outback patients
ABC News ~ Nathalie Fernbach ~ 20/04/2016

As if a cancer diagnosis and exhausting chemotherapy treatments were not enough to cope with, Jane Charuba had to drive more than four hours to receive treatment.

Bulk billing incentives for pathologists to be scrapped on day before election
ABC News ~ Caitlin Gribbin ~ 20/04/2016

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley says she will not give into a "scare campaign" against a policy to scrap bulk billing incentives for pathologists — even if the plan is due to come into effect the day before the July 2 election.

The most expensive HFC deal in the world
The Australian ~ Mark Gregory ~ 19/04/2016

NBN Co and Telstra’s $1.6 billion dollar Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) deal may be important in getting Malcolm Turnbull’s multi-technology National Broadband Network (NBN) across the line but for many in the telecommunications industry it’s just further evidence of how the odds are stacked in favour of Telstra.

Abandon FTTN for FTTdp': Internet Australia calls for NBN rethink
Sydney Morning Herald ~ Rae Johnston ~ 19/04/2016

Lobby group Internet Australia is calling for a rethink and urging the government and the opposition to "put politics aside and agree on a bipartisan NBN strategy".

Concern over 98 per cent practice threshold for national enrolment service
NZDoctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 19/04/2016

Nearly every general practice in the country must use the national enrolment service for at least six months before monthly capitation based formula payments are made – a threshold described as “too ambitious” by one health IT vendor.

RACGP pounces amid embarrassing e-health gaffe
Medical Observer ~ Paddy Wood ~ 19/04/2016

THE RACGP has leapt on embarrassing revelations that e-health records have been set up for dead Australians to repeat its plea for the government to reconsider parts of the program affecting GPs.

Health minister promises transparency on performance measures
NZDoctor ~ Virgina McMillan ~ 18/04/2016

Incentivising primary care efforts to keep people out of hospital will be done transparently, health minister Jonathan Coleman says.

Dead people given e-health records in latest bungle for $1 billion government program
Daily Telegraph ~ Sue Dunlevy ~ 16/04/2016

THE federal Health Department is setting up My Health records for people who have been dead for over two decades in the latest bungle to beset the troubled $1 billion project.

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