Australasian health IT week in review: September 3

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of Australian and New Zealand health IT and eHealth news for the week ending September 3:

Hospitals of the future: robots and super technology
Christchurch Star ~ Gabrielle Stuart ~ 02/09/2016

Imagine technology that could read your symptoms, run tests and diagnose your illness right from your home. It may sound like science fiction, but it could be closer that you think.

GPs face paperwork mountain under govt's privacy laws
Australian Doctor ~ Antony Scholefield ~ 02/09/2016

The Federal Government says it is pushing ahead with privacy laws that could trigger fines for GP practices that fail to report when staff inadvertently open the wrong patient file.

Call to use existing networks to skill CALD seniors for e-health services
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Natasha Egan ~ 02/09/2016

As digital health services become mainstream there are opportunities to improve care and support for culturally and linguistically diverse seniors, but low levels of digital and health literacy mean they risk missing out, a provider says.

Coverage, oversight flaws found in mobile blackspot program
ITNews ~ Andrew Sadauskas ~ 02/09/2016

Australia's national auditor has criticised the federal government’s mobile blackspot program for duplicating existing coverage, inadequately assessing tower proposals, and failing to properly monitor the program's performance.

NDIS: COAG council meeting to discuss major IT setbacks in insurance roll-out
ABC News ~ Bridget Brennan ~ 02/09/2016

The COAG Disability Reform Council is meeting to discuss major IT setbacks that have slowed the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Telehealth trial highlights potential to save lives, billions in health costs
Australian Ageing Agenda ~ Staff writer ~ 02/09/2016

A national telemonitoring initiative has the potential to save up to $3 billion a year through reduced hospital services and GP visits, according to CSIRO’s large-scale telehealth trial.

NDIS payment problems blamed on 'short-lived' technical glitch, lack of system information
ABC News ~ Matthew Doran ~ 31/08/2016

Lengthy delays in payment for disability services providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are being blamed on a "short-lived" technical glitch and a lack of information for people using a new computer system.

NPS MedicineWise selling access to its GP patient data program
Australian Doctor ~ Antony Scholefield ~ 30/08/2016

NPS MedicineWise is accepting drug company money for providing analyses of patient data provided by hundreds of GP practices.

ACT Health steals National Blood Authority CIO
ITNews ~ Allie Coyne ~ 29/08/2016

Decorated National Blood Authority CIO Peter O'Halloran will leave the organisation after nearly nine years next month to tackle a new set of challenges at ACT Health.

Steve Wozniak, Richard Branson award NZ's oDocs for mission to prevent blindness ~ Tao Lin ~ 29/08/2016

An Auckland startup on a mission to stop preventable blindness has been recognised by some of the world's top business people.

Government pushes ahead with data breach notification scheme
Computerworld ~ Rohan Pearce ~ 26/08/2016

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s list of legislation proposed for introduction in the new parliament includes the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill, with a note indicating the government’s intention to seek passage for the bill during the spring sittings of parliament.

Canberra is losing the 'treasured people' keeping legacy IT alive
ITNews ~ Paris Cowan ~ 26/08/2016

The unsung soldiers of the federal government are the soon-to-retire, career public service software developers who perform the “daily miracles” stopping the decades-old IT systems that run this country from falling to pieces.

Glucose monitor beats finger-pricking in hypoglycaemia
6minutes ~ Rachel Worsley ~ 26/08/2016

A glucose monitor reduces time spent in hypoglycaemia compared with traditional finger-pricking, a randomised controlled trial of 252 patients suggests.

Robot' babies fail to cut pregnancy rates
AAP ~ Sarah Wiedersehn ~ 26/08/2016

It might be time to throw the electronic baby out with the bath water, with research showing the educational dolls don't work to cut teen pregnancy rates.

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