Australasian health IT week in review: May 14

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending May 14:

Virtual DHB begins beaming healthcare into rural Waikato homes
NZDoctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 13/05/2016

A virtual DHB accessed through computers, tablets and smartphones will help rural patients and clinicians alike by combining the advantages of patient portals and telehealth, says Waikato DHB chief executive Nigel Murray.


Cash-strapped WA govt finds $60m for e-health
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 13/05/2016

The WA government has managed to scrape together roughly $60 million for e-health projects and another $13.7 million to upgrade its licensing and registration database in a budget described as the toughest the state has ever seen.


Virtual DHB' puts healthcare in the home
Radio NZ ~ Karen Brown ~ 12/05/2016

Waikato District Health Board says its new service - the first of its kind in New Zealand - will save many patients from having to travel to hospital appointments.


The Australian start-up bringing the doctor's office into American homes
Mashable ~ Ariel Bogle ~ 12/05/2016

Two young Aussies are planning to help people across the U.S. access a digital doctor's clinic without leaving the couch.


Victoria to launch ‘data agency’
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 12/05/2016

The organisation will work to boost data sharing between government agencies and develop analytics capabilities that can improve policy making and service design.


Bulk-billing rates will stay, says health department
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 11/05/2016

Federal health bureaucrats say attempts by GPs to ditch bulk-billing to survive the Medicare freeze will be “very much constrained” by competition for patients.


Calls for Trip Advisor-style platform to measure quality in Australian aged care
ABC News ~ Margaret Burin ~ 11/05/2016

Dementia and aged care advocates are calling for a new system that makes it easier for consumers to share and compare their experiences.


NetHealth is CeBIT Australia’s PitchFest winner
IT Wire ~ Ray Shaw ~ 11/05/2016

NetHealth is a next generation telemonitoring platform provider in the eHealth space.


Glitches as new patient portal map goes live with awareness campaign
NZDoctor ~ Bruce Lee ~ 10/05/2016

Teething problems emerged today for an interactive map showing practices around the country with patient portals.


Election 2016: GPs lobby federal candidates over Medicare rebates freeze
ABC News ~ Alison Branley ~ 09/05/2016

Doctors' waiting rooms look set to become election battlefields, with GPs launching a campaign around the country to unfreeze Medicare rebates.


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