Australasian health IT week in review: July 30

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending July 30:

Health Ministry restructures as it prepares to revive flagship IT scheme ~ Tom Pullar-Strecker ~ 28/07/2016

The Health Ministry has scrapped its advisory body on information technology issues amid comments from one hospital manager that DHBs were receiving "mixed messages" on priorities from different authorities.

Doctor 'TripAdvisor' expansion a concern, says AMA
Australian Doctor ~ AAP ~ 29/07/2016

Surgeons will avoid treating high-risk patients as a result of a rate-my-doctor website that hands power to private insurers, warns the AMA.

Replacement for National Health IT Board kicks off next month
NZ Doctor ~ Ruth Brown ~ 29/07/2016

The National Health IT Board is gone – and director Graeme Osborne has left the building – ahead of a new digital advisory group being launched next month.

Robots to roam the halls of new Monash Children's Hospital
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 29/07/2016

The new Monash Children’s Hospital in Victoria set to open early next year will be home to a fleet of delivery robots ferrying everything from food to clean sheets and medicine to its young patients.

Important that receptionists are upskilled too, says PMAANZ
NZ Doctor ~ Liane Topham-Kindley ~ 29/07/2016

As new initiatives such as e-enrolments are rolled out across general practice, the Practice Managers and Administrators Association of New Zealand is recognising the importance of upskilling all practice staff.

National Disability Insurance Scheme computer glitch hits services and payments
ABC News ~ Lauren Waldhuter ~ 28/07/2016

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) recipients have been denied access to the program because of glitches in the online system, while service providers have been unpaid.

Health insurers accused of exploiting billing data
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 28/07/2016

The Australian Dental Association has accused major health insurers of mining the HICAPS billing system for commercially sensitive data to give its in-house dental providers a competitive advantage in the market.

Elderly flock to cellphone tutorials in bid to come to grips with 'terrifying' technology ~ Marty Sharpe ~ 27/07/2016

Eighty-two-year old Margaret Merry thinks of her cellphone as a terrifying and loathsome gadget forced upon her by family and her doctor, who insist she never leaves home without it.

Nurse prescribers able to sign on dotted line
NZ Doctor ~ Fiona Thomas ~ 26/07/2016

Registered nurses will gain the right to prescribe medicines under a regulation coming into force on 20 September.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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