Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 24th June, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----A much busier week with all sorts of announcements and so on. It was especially rich on the security and NBN fronts.-----https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-16/digital-health-record-to-change-care-in-canberra/11212790Digital Health Record to change the lives of those with a chronic illness in CanberraBy Elise Scott Posted Sun at 8...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 480 – Results – 23rd June, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Should Pharmacy Assistants (Basically Unregistered Shop Assistants) Be Able To Access Patients' myHealthRecords? Yes 5% (6) No 95% (122) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 128 Well that was pretty clear – PAs have no business using the #myHealthRecord. Same goes for other non-registered staff I believe. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A great turn out of votes. It must have bee n a really easy question as 0 /128 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initia...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Grahame Grieve Provides Some Perspective On Secure Messaging And Axing The Fax.
This appeared a day or so ago and is published here with permission.Future of Secure Messaging in Australia Posted on June 19, 2019 by Grahame Grieve The Australian Digital Health Agency is working hard on a secure messaging project. This is a project to build out a working eco-system so that any clinician can send documents and messages to any other clinician in a secure fashion.There ’s multiple uses of the this kind of messaging:Sending Diagnostic Reports to the requesting physician, along with anyone else the physician asked to be notifiedSending Discharge Summaries Referrals from GP to special...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 22nd June, 2019.
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://www.digitalhealth.net/2019/06/boots-launches-free-online-nhs-repeat-prescription-service/Boots launches free online NHS repeat prescription serviceBoots has developed a free online NHS repeat prescription service, in partnership with NHS Digital and NHS England.Hanna Crouch – 12 June 2019Launched in May, the service is available through the Boots ap...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 22, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Pharmacy Guild And Its Efforts To Preserve Their Profits Are The Reason You Can't Have Great And Useful Services Like This! Not Technology...
This appeared last week:Boots launches free online NHS repeat prescription serviceBoots has developed a free online NHS repeat prescription service, in partnership with NHS Digital and NHS England.Hanna Crouch – 12 June 2019Launched in May, the service is available through the Boots app and the company’s website.It uses technology from Wiggly-Amps Limited, a company which was acquired by Boots in January, and allows customers to directly order their repeat prescription from their GP record and have it sent to Boots for dispensing.It gives patients the convenience of ordering repeat prescriptions from their mobi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 21, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
June 20, 2019 Edition.-----Trump seems to be having some trouble just keeping up with all the issues that are swirling around him. The most worrying at present is the problem with various ships being attacked near Iran which the US is blaming on Iran. The truth is hard to sort out at present and we will need to wait and see. As far as the Trade War is concerned we have entered a high period where we could wind up with a permanently fractured world. Trump is just not fit to be President IMVHO! What is even worse his campaign for 2020 election has just begun - 500 days of agony to go!In the UK we await a new Conservative Par...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Is A Con Being Perpetrated On The Public Regarding Health Record Access. It Is Not Useful For Most!
This popped up last week:Having Access To Medical Records Is Useless For Most PatientsJune 7, 2019Anne ZiegerI knew up front that it would be ugly. After two years of treatment, a chronically-ill patient like me generates a lot of records, and I had every reason to expect that they would be disorganized and dense.Still, when I sat down to tackle the 600-odd PDF that Kaiser Permanente made available, I was pretty intimidated. Yeah, when I say this I can almost hear you thinking “well, duh!” but your warnings couldn’t prepare me emotionally for the document that I got.In any event, this encounter with my pe...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems The Committee For Economic Development Of Australia (CEDA) Can ’t Get Enough Of The ADHA And Its CEO.
I thought I was seeing double for a week or two but then I realized the ADHA CEO had been out and about all over spruiking Digital Health.Selected examples include:Digital health: a human imperativeVICMay 29Join Australian Digital Health Agency Chief Executive Tim Kelsey, for the latest update on the implementation of Australia ’s National Digital Health Strategy and the vision for digital health.SpeakersTim Kelsey, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Digital Health AgencyEvent overviewWhat are the big opportunities to integrate digital health services and improve patient health outcomes? We discuss the Agency&rsquo...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 19, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 48.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: I have also broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy and security compromising and impacting announcements in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 18, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 17th June, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----A very news free week other than for the sad demise of Bridget Kirkham – always a driver of Digital Health activity for good.-----https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/paramedics-to-transfer-medical-records-en-route-to-hospital-20190614-p51xw5.htmlParamedics to transfer medical records en route to hospitalBy Alexandra SmithJun...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Do You Remember When The ADHA Regulations Were Changed To Allow Shop Assistant Access To The #myHealthRecord?
I spotted this last week:My Health Record: learning opportunity for PAsPharmacy assistants play an important role in helping customers obtain the medicines they need, and part of that process is using My Health Record in the supply of medicines and advice to customers.Often pharmacy assistants have well established relationships with customers, based on familiarity, time and the previous high-quality service they have provided.With the introduction of My Health Record, pharmacy assistants now have an opportunity to develop those relationships through helping pharmacists and customers get the greatest benefit from the syste...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 479 – Results – 16th June, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Given The Recent Serious Cyber Attacks On Australia (ANU, Parliament House etc.) Are You Concerned About The Vulnerability Of The Australian Health Sector - Including GP and the #myHR?Yes - Much More Needs To Be Done 96% (89) No - It Is All Under Control 4% (4) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 93 Well that was pretty clear – most think we need to lift our game. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A more than reasonable turnout of votes. It must have been a really easy question as 0 /93 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again,...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 15th June, 2019.
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://www.digitalhealth.net/2019/06/skype-doctors-ae-visits-manchester/ ‘Skype doctors’ prevent 3,000 A&E visits in ManchesterUsing Skype to help older patients get faster care has prevented 3,000 avoidable A&E visits, according to NHS England figures.Andrea Downey – June 5, 2019The video calls have also freed up 2,000 GP appointments ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 15, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Not Only In Australia That We Are Seeing Lots Of Health Data Breaches.
This appeared last week:Senators query diagnostics companies victimized by data hacks Published June 06 2019, 3:18pm EDTA hack of healthcare data involving a medical bill collector and two major diagnostics companies is now attracting more questions from key members of Congress.American Medical Collection Agency, an Elmsford, N.Y.-based collections firm, has now been identified by two large diagnostics companies as the victim in a large healthcare data breach. On Tuesday, Laboratory Corporation of America —widely known as LabCorp—reported that 7.7 million patients’ accounts at AMCA were stored in the vuln...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
June 13, 2019 Edition.-----The big news this week has been Trump ’s on again, off again attack on poor old Mexico. The principle of using the threat of tariffs as a diplomatic Swiss Army Knife is deeply alarming. Trump sadly is now threatening tariffs on almost the whole world because he thinks they are so great.In the UK Theresa May is out and we await a succe ssor. No one has a clue where Brexit is up to. The Conservative Party is trying to sort out a new leader - and Boris J. is looking like the front runner!In OZ it is all about the AFP and attacks on the freedom of the press. Even those to the right of ScoMo are...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Bridget Kirkham - Service Arrangements For Friday 14 June, 2019.
Here is the announcement from the Herald: KIRKHAM Bridget Jane Passed away peacefully Aged 65 years Loving mum to Richard. "Always in our hearts". The family and friends of Bridget are warmly invited to attend a celebration of her life to be held in the Camellia Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium, 1 Plassey Road, North Ryde on Fri day 14 June 2019 commencing at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of floral tributes, please consider a donation to Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research. ----- I am told there will be a 45min service followed by a catered celebration of Bridget's life. David. This is the initial pa...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Some Sensible Notes From HISA On Cyber Security. Worth A Read.
This appeared a few days ago.Healthcare Executives and Employees Are Hacker Targets – 5 steps to Protect ThemJun 7, 2019 | Community of Practice HISA, cybersecurity, HISA AdvocacyTom CramptonCybersecurity Community of Practice Steering Committee MemberCyber criminal activity continues to spread rapidly across Australian businesses of all sizes and in all industries. Healthcare is no exception, and frontline employees and ‘C-suite’ executives are increasingly the prime targets. While businesses may feel overwhelmed by the growing risk of cyber attacks and criminal activity, there are simple things that can...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 47.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: I have also broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy and security compromising and impacting announcements in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 11, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 10th June, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----It seems to have been a week of hacks and leaks, with AFP raids just to add spice to the going on.All this makes one worry about security etc. as well as wondering what to do about any juicy leaks that come your way. I suspect the Government is wanting you to just shut up – and not rock the boat.!-----https://ajp.com.au/news...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 478 – Results – 9th June, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Does Minister Hunt Have A Clue About Digital Health Or Is He Just Hostage To The Thinking, Beliefs And Attitudes Of The ADHA And The Department Of Health?He Is Fully Across Digital Health And Knows What He Is Doing. 0% (0) He Has Some Understanding But Can't Resist The ADHA's Evidence Free Claims, Spin And Propaganda. 52% (37) He Is An Uncritical And Ignorant Follower Of The AHDA Line. 48% (34) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 71 Well that was pretty clear – all think the ADHA is pretty much just doing its o wn thing – unconstrained by any real governance. We all know ho...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 9, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Does The ADHA Assume We Are All So Totally Stupid That We Can ’t See Through Blatant And Misleading Propaganda.
We had two press releases from the ADHA this week:First this:Record number of sign ups to My Health Record in Australian pharmacies5 June, 2019 - 9:45Australian pharmacies have signed up to the My Heath Record system in record numbers over the past year, according to new data released today by the Australian Digital Health Agency.In April 2018, prior to the beginning of the opt-out period, only 33% of pharmacies were registered with My Health Record, which climbed to 83% as at April 2019. Pharmacists are also uploading and viewing My Health Record more often, with a 667% increase in the number of dispense records uploaded ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 9, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Vale - Bridget Kirkham
It is with a heavy heart I let the Digital Health Community know that Bridget Kirkham, the former CEO of the MSIA, has passed away. She was a very good friend to me and many others and was very well known among our community and was a passionate advocate of the practical use of Digital Health. I send my condolences to her partner and son as I am sure does everyone. Feel free to post your reminiscences and condolences as a co mment to this post. With much sadness and a heavy heart! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David. (Source: Australian Health Information Technology)
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 8th June, 2019.
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/data-still-vulnerable-for-healthcare-organizations-other-entitiesData still vulnerable for healthcare organizations, other entities By Joseph Goedert Published May 31 2019, 5:29pm EDTBad actors continue to experience success in gaining unauthorized access to protected health data and other types of business information.In...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Grahame Grieve Points Out Just How Hard Interoperability Can Be. There Are myHR Implications I Believe!
This appeared a day or so ago following up on a blog post a week or so back:Healthcare Interoperability Is Insanely Complex – That’s Why It’s Not Like an ATM MachineMay 30, 2019John LynnA couple of articles recently came across my virtual desk that really caused me to pause and think about healthcare interoperability. I’ve long known about many of the challenges of healthcare interoperability. I’ve often said t hat healthcare interoperability was not a technical problem, but a business problem. However, after reading these two takes on healthcare interoperability, I’d also add that it&rs...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Is A Prize For The Most Convincing Explanation For This Report!
This appeared last week:Revealed: one in five peers advise private business while serving in parliament Analysis finds 169 peers working as advisers and 15 paid by foreign governmentsDavid Pegg and Pamela DuncanSat 1 Jun 2019 02.00 AEST Last modified on Sat 1 Jun 2019 06.50 AEST One in five members of the House of Lords are working as consultants or advisers to private businesses at the same time as serving in parliament, the Guardian can reveal.An analysis of the Register of Lords ’ Interests shows 169 peers reported working as advisers earlier this year, with more than a dozen registering that they were also paid b...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 6, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
June 6, 2019 Edition.-----Trump has now officially lost it I believe and is becoming a menace to global well-being with his tariff madness. This attack on Mexico for utterly spurious reasons is total policy overreach.In the UK there seems to be a large competition for the most poison of poisoned chalices to try and lead Brexit to some sensible conclusion now Mrs May has stood down. Just absurd!In OZ we seem to have recovered and we now have the race between ScoMo and Albo beginning. Will be an interesting contest indeed!----- Major Issues.-----https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/this-is-no-way-to-win-a-war/new...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 6, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Is The ADHA Setting Us All Up For The Mother OF All Confusion On Medication Lists?
The release from the ADHA came out a few days ago:Engaging pharmacists to enhance medicines safety30 May 2019: The Pharmacist Shared Medicines List is a new feature coming to My Health Record that provides a complete view of a consumer ’s medicines, including non-prescription and over the counter products. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s report Medicine Safety: Take Care cites some sobering statistics on medicines safety in Australia: 250,000 hospital admissions annually as a result of medication-related problems, at an annual cost of $1.4 billion. The good news is that half of these problems are thou...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 46.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: I have also broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy and security compromising and impacting announcements in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 4, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 3rd June, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----The biggest news of the week was a the leaky, security-wise, of the Victorian Public Health sector – as well as some new medication list for the #myHR.A host of other security leaks also get a mention!-----https://pharmacydaily.com.au/news/new-mhr-medicines-list/83385#.XOsX3fQ-ptY.twitterNew MHR medicines listMay 27, 2019 TH...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 477 – Results – 2nd June, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Given The New Zealand Government's Decision To Abandon Plans For A Centralised National EHR Is Australia Becoming More And More Out Of Touch With Current Digital Health Plans / Trends In Not Rethinking The #myHR? Yes 95% (82) No 2% (2) I Have No Idea 2% (2) Total votes: 86 Well that was pretty clear – most think the ADHA is a technical dinosaur and is becoming out of touch and irrelevant. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A more than reasonable turnout of votes. It must have been a s lightly hard question as 2 /86 readers were not sure what the appropri...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Breaking News - Chris Bowen To Be The Shadow Health Spokesman In Labor Opposition Cabinet!
I wonder what he thinks of the #myHR? Ms King (the former spokesman) moves to Infrastructure,  Transport and Regional Development. David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David. (Source: Australian Health Information Technology)
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Comes Clean At Last - They Have A Potential End-Point Security Problem With The My Health Record.
A few days the ADHA issued a briefing on Ransomware:The guts of the contents were as follows:Preventing And Recovering From Ransomware.SummaryRansomware is a type of malicious software that denies access to computers and files and demands that affected organisations make a payment to regain access to their information. CryptoLocker is a particularly virulent and widely known form of ransomware that encrypts all files located within the infected computer, its shared network drives, and any attached storage.A ransomware attack on a healthcare organisation can potentially cause significant reputational damage, clinical safety...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 1st June, 2019.
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://www.digitalhealth.net/2019/05/guys-and-st-thomas-issues-175m-ehr-tender/Guy ’s and St Thomas’ issues £175m tender for new EHRGuy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is on the hunt for an electronic health record (EHR) after publishing a tender worth £175million.Hanna Crouch 23 May 2019The contract includes a requireme...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 1, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Coroner Gives The WA Government A Serve On Delays In Implementation Of Prescription Monitoring.
This appeared last week:Coroner questions chief pharmacist ’s real-time monitoring optimism He says former soldier would not have sourced drugs if a system was in place22nd May 2019By Heather SaxenaA coroner has expressed frustration at ongoing delays in the provision of real-time monitoring and suggested that a young former soldier might not have died if WA had such a system.During an inquest into the oxycodone toxicity death of the 24-year-old Afghanistan veteran, Coroner Barry King also scoffed at a suggestion by the state’s chief pharmacist that the state would soon have a system.The inquest heard that the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 31, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Some Really Need To Work Harder Before Advising The Public! What A Great Joke!
I noticed this page last week:My Health RecordMy Health Record is an online resource through MyGov that stores your health information to be used by healthcare professionals. As of January 2019, all Australians known to Medicare automatically had a My Health Record created for them, unless they opted out. Currently 9 in 10 Australians have a My Health Record and 10% of the population have opted out. What are the benefits of My Health Record? It can store information about your medicines, allergies, immunisations and treatments that may help health professionals care for youIn an emergency, your record can be accessed ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 30, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
May 30, 2019 Edition.-----We are still recovering from the upset win of the Coalition in the election. New Government now sworn in and Hunt back in Health. This week there is a lot  of excellent reading on the topic for those interested. What were to top 10 factors in how it came out are pretty tricky to discern. Albo has taken over Labor but 3 years is a long time! Amazing back room deal making in evidence.Trump is in Japan over last weekend and then back home to cause more trouble with Iran, NK etc.! Mueller has spoken and made it clear that Trump was not exonerated or cleared. Neither was Russia - big time! Theresa...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 30, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

If You Were Wondering Where "Services Australia" Came From, And Is, Here Is Your Answer!
Thanks to Justin Warren: So it is a simple re-name it would seem and the myGov Portal would seem to be included! That means they are the access portal for the #myHR. A bit of a con I reckon! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David. (Source: Australian Health Information Technology)
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Reckon This Approach Is A Highhanded Outrage - What Do You Think?
This appeared a little while ago.My Health RecordWhat is My Health Record?My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information. When you have a My Health Record, your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere at any time and it includes information such as:AllergiesMedical conditionsTreatmentsMedicinesTest and scan results (such as blood tests and x-rays).Perth Children ’s Hospital contributes to Australia’s My Health Record system and is currently uploading information from five clinical applications:  Patient Administration System (webPAS)Notifications and Clinical ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 45.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: I have also broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy and security compromising and impacting announcements in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 27th May, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----Another interesting week. Waiting to see if Mr Hunt comes back and what he might do in the Digital Health Domain. We should know by the time you read this.Lots of other stories this week. Enjoy!-----https://www.ausdoc.com.au/news/coroner-questions-chief-pharmacists-real-time-monitoring-optimismCoroner questions chief pharmacist &r...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 27, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems When Given The Choice Sensible Planners Move Away From Centralised National EHRs.
This appeared a few days ago.National Health Information Platform replaces Electronic Health RecordTuesday, 21 May 2019   eHealthNews.nz editor Rebecca McBeth The Ministry of Health is going to Cabinet this June to get approval to develop a detailed business case for a national Health Information Platform. The Ministry has moved away from the idea of building a single Electronic Health Record, towards developing a national HIP that will enable data about a single patient to be shared, says deputy director data and digital Shayne Hunter. Hunter was a keynote speaker at the Emerging Tech in Health confere...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Greg Hunt Retains Health Minister Role - With Some Extras!
With some add ons as well. It appears he has a responsibility now for the Public Service and some Cabinet Office functions There is a new Services Minister who covers electronically delivered services. I wonder does the #myHR fit there now? Time will tell. David. Here is the full list: Second Morrison Ministry - 26 M ay, 2019  Normal 0 false false false EN-AU X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:&qu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 476 – Results – 26th May, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Will The Return Of The Coalition Federal Government Be Good For Progress In Digital Health?Yes 0% (0) It Will Make No Difference 77% (71) No 21% (19) I Have No Idea 2% (2) Total votes: 92 Well that was pretty clear – no one said the return of the Coalition would be good for Digital Health, with most seeing them as irrelevant. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A more than reasonable turnout of votes! It must have been a slightly hard question as 2 /92 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that vot...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 25th May, 2019.
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://hbr.org/2019/05/harnessing-digital-information-to-improve-population-healthHarnessing Digital Information to Improve Population HealthSamyukta MullangiJohn P. PollakSaid IbrahimMay 14, 2019 Health systems do not systematically collect information on social determinants of health (SDH)  — the conditions in which people are born, live, gro...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Maybe We Should Think Very Carefully Before Health Goes All Appy!
This appeared last week:Consumers want control over privacy onlineSupratim Adhikari12:30AM May 14, 2019Australian consumers are increasingly choosing to be more private on the internet, with a larger number of them opting against sharing their personal details with mobile apps.With privacy now a hot-button issue globally, the latest instalment of professional services firm Deloitte ’s annual Privacy Index study shows that community expectations around the use of their data are starting to harden.According to Deloitte’s Privacy Index 2019 study, 89 per cent of Australian consumers have denied a mobile app access...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
May 23, 2019 Edition.-----The election has turned out to be utterly different to what was expected and all that we need to know now is what the final counts in both houses tell us, but clearly ScoMo remains PM. Well I never! Really no one saw this coming! Just what will happen next is hard to predict and the Coalition was not preparing to govern!Trump is battling on all sorts of fronts and now some barmy red states are wanting to make abortion illegal again. This may not end well with the new Supreme Court over there. The battle with China is very serious in my view and I am not sure Trump is up to it.Ms May is out and Bor...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Here Is A Really Useful Summary Of The GDPR And Its Global Implications.
This appeared last week:What is GDPR? Everything you need to know about the new general data protection regulationsGeneral Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is here. Here's what it means, how it impacts individuals and businesses - and how to ensure compliance.By Danny Palmer | May 17, 2019 -- 13:33 GMT (23:33 AEST) | Topic: Security What does GDPR stand for?GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It's the core of Europe's digital privacy legislation.How did it come about?In January 2012, the European Commission set out plans for data protection reform across the European Union in order to make Europe 'fit f...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Do You Think These Fake News Releases Will Soon Be Seen For What They Are – Gross And Misleading Propaganda.
This little gem appeared last week:Australians can check their immunisation status through My Health Record 15 May 2019Being up to date on immunisations can stop the spread of serious disease.Measles is one of the most contagious diseases in human history (1). If a single person has the virus, 90 per cent of those around will catch it. The measles virus lingers for up to two hours – so if you ride the train or walk the grocery aisles after an infected person, you’re exposed.Thanks to immunisation, local cases of measles had been falling (2). In 2014, Australia declared the end of endemic measles, but a recent s...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 22, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 44.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: I have also broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy and security compromising and impacting announcements in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 21, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 20th May, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----The tempo of news has picked up a little, with security and data breaches featuring a fair bit as well as script tracking software.Nothing to scare the horses however and we will soon see what is planned for the #myHR after the election! No change seems to be the outcome!Can ’t wait to see how long it takes for the new gover...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs