It Is Really Great To See AI Tackling A Problem Many Need Help With!
This appeared last week. Wednesday, 05 January 2022 00:02 CSIRO adds AI coach to Total Wellbeing Diet By Stephen Withers CSIRO researchers have found that the most important behavioural factors for success on the Total Wellbeing Diet are regular weigh-ins, following the menu plan and tracking food intake, and have developed an AI coach to help participants succeed. An analysis of nearly 11,000 participants found those who did those three things the most lost an average of 7.5kg in 12 weeks, while those who did them the least lost an average of 3.1kg. Interestingly, high diligence on two of the three behaviours resulted in ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 21, 2022 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.
January 20 2022 Edition ----- In the US President Biden has reached one year in office and I think it would be fair to say has agenda is unravelling badly. This is increasing the risks posed by Russia and China and of failure of many needed domestic activities like fighting COVID19 effectively. In the UK Borins seems to be in considerable trouble and in Europe we have COVID running amok! In OZ it looks much like the PM has lost the public ’s confidence in managing COVID as per the most recent poll. It seems to me to be pretty messy right now in terms of hospitalisations and deaths sadly and the impact on the economy ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 20, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Find This Use Of Children Rather Sad And Offensive Despite The Possibility For Some To Make A Buck.
This appeared last week: Friday, 14 January 2022 11:56 Brisbane lawyer warns parents the consequences of monetising their children's social media accounts By Kenn Anthony Mendoza A Brisbane lawyer has warned parents that monetising their children's appearances on social media could lead to tears. What might have begun as cutesy snaps of a baby in nappies has grown to an income stream as influencer parents promote their children through social media accounts in startup business ventures whose ownership is mired in a legal quagmire. This legal dilemma poses a question: who legally owns those social media accounts, the parent...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 20, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Would Be Nice If The Federal Government Could Get Its Act Together On Telehealth Rather Than Piecemeal Nonsense.
This release appeared on Sunday. 16 Jan 2022 10:43 AM AEST RACGP welcomes telehealth announcement but warns more long-term investment needed               The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has cautiously welcomed the federal Government ’s move to temporarily restore telehealth to peak COVID-19 pandemic settings. This morning, Health Minister Greg Hunt and Regional Health Minister David Gillespie announced an additional $24 million for a range of measures to give GPs and other specialists more flexibility to support patie...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 19, 2022 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, Social Media And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - January 18, 2022.
----- This weekly blog is to explore the news around the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy, AI / ML. technology, social media and related matters. I will also try to highlight ADHA Propaganda when I come upon it. Just so we keep count, the latest Notes from the ADHA Board were dated 6 December, 2018 and we have seen none since! It ’s pretty sad! Note: Appearance here is not to suggest I see any credibility or value in what follows. I will leave it to the reader to decide what is worthwhile and what is not! The point is to let people know what is being said / published that I have come u...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 18, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 17 January, 2022.
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 ----- Certainly last week saw many more back at work and the news flow pick up. Some minor progress I think! ----- https://www.innovationaus.com/nsw-first-state-to-incorporate-rat-results-in-app/ NSW first state to incorporate RAT results in app Denham Sadler National Affairs Editor 12 January 2022 New South Wales has become the fir...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 17, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 614 – Results – 16th January, 2022.
Here are the results of the poll. How Would You Rate The Federal Government's Response To, And Management Of, The Current Omicron Variant of COIVID19 Outbreak? Really Great 0% (0) Acceptable 1% (1) Neutral 0% (0) Poor 9% (6) Appallingly Incompetent And Chaotic 90% (61) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 68 A very clear cut poll result, with the Federal Government getting a pretty definite fail The outcome is really suggesting confidence in what the Government is doing has totally evaporated! Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A good number of votes. with a clear outcome, especially for thi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 16, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Has Been Amazing To See How Much Activity In The Digital Health Space Turned Up Last Week.
Looking back I was struck how much there was. Examples include: New AI health accelerator encourages start-ups to work smarter By Stuart Layt January 9, 2022 — 8.05pm The minds behind a new digital health accelerator want to ensure the local industry takes full advantage of the artificial intelligence revolution sweeping the medical practice. Artificial Intelligence company Max Kelsen has set up a “digital health practice” in Brisbane to connect wi th developers wanting to enter the AI healthcare space but who do not have the ability to scale up their projects. Max Kelsen chief executive Nick Therkelsen-T...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 16, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 15th January, 2022.
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://mhealthintelligence.com/news/lack-of-mhealth-technologies-disrupts-workflows-for-hospitalists Lack of mHealth Technologies Disrupts Workflows for Hospitalists Tasks like rounding, chart reviews, and order submissions could be made easier for hospitalists with the addition of mHealth technologies that are portable and task-specific, a study found. By Vi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 15, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Think A Little More Pre-Release Testing Could Have Helped Here – Especially As COVID19 Case Numbers Rise In NSW
This appeared last week. ‘It’s giving people anxiety’: Sydneysiders confused by vague COVID check-in app alerts By Ben Grubb and Mary Ward January 3, 2022 — 8.33am Notifications from the Service NSW app about confirmed COVID-19 cases attending the same venues as other Sydneysiders are causing widespread confusion, w ith many people receiving new alerts only to find no new detail inside the app’s check-in history. Meanwhile, others have said they have received alerts for venues such as nightclubs or pools they only just checked into hours earlier and are in some cases still in attendance, raisi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 14, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Good To See There Is Some Evidence That Telehealth Works Well And Is Safe.
This appeared last week: January 3, 2022 Telemedicine as Good as In-Person for Many Health Conditions: Review Dennis Thompson MONDAY, Jan. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Chatting with your doctor via video about your health issues works just as well as an in-person office visit, at least when it comes to managing chronic illnesses, a new review suggests. Replacing office visits with video checkups delivered results that were just as effective for patients being treated for conditions like diabetes, respiratory illnesses, chronic pain, heart problems and neurological disorders, researchers reported recently in the Annals of In...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 13, 2022 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.
January 13 2022 Edition ----- It seems this week that we have seen COVID19 roar back globally with the US and UK now reporting record cases and deaths and things staring to go pear shaped even on OZ. Otherwise globally the issues with Taiwan and the Ukraine seem to be bubbling on with all sorts of other smaller conflicts and disasters popping up! In OZ this week the feature has been the political paralysis on what to do about COVID19 to keep society functioning. It is starting to look a little ominous I have to say, ----- Major Issues. ----- https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/time-to-look-at-the-many-ways-to-stuff...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 13, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Good To See Some Small Digital Health Companies Are Starting To Have An Impact In Australia.
This appeared last week: Healthy interest as investors seek ’infrastructure-like’ options Valerina Changarathil 6:57AM January 3, 2022 The rise of health businesses as secure “infrastructure-like” bets during the pandemic is set to drive M&A activity in the year ahead, following several multibillion-dollar deals in 2021, according to industry insiders. Icon co-founder and CEO Mark Middleton said the pandemic had exposed high-quality leadership at small businesses that “have been built from the ground up with a view of one day selling into a larger organisation”. “You’ll c...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 12, 2022 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, Social Media And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - January 11, 2022.
----- This weekly blog is to explore the news around the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy, AI / ML. technology, social media and related matters. I will also try to highlight ADHA Propaganda when I come upon it. Just so we keep count, the latest Notes from the ADHA Board were dated 6 December, 2018 and we have seen none since! It ’s pretty sad! Note: Appearance here is not to suggest I see any credibility or value in what follows. I will leave it to the reader to decide what is worthwhile and what is not! The point is to let people know what is being said / published that I have come u...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 11, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 10 January, 2022.
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 Digital Health space is pretty much dead but the COVID19 space is pumping. With 3000 now in hospital it is hardly going well right now! I wonder when the political blame game will kick off? See – for example: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/08/living-with-covid-has-turned-scott-morrisons-promise-so...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 10, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 613 – Results – 9th January, 2022.
Here are the results of the poll. Will This Finally Be The Year When The #myHealthRecord Is Finally Proven To Deliver Significant Clinical Benefits As Well As A Return On Investment For The Australian Public? Yes 0% (0) No 99% (68) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 69 Overall, most think we should continue to be patient with the #myHR or give up on it. My sense the later option would be favoured! Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A good number of votes. with a clear outcome, especially for this time of year!  1 of 69 who answered the poll admitted to not being sure about the answer to...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 9, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Hard To Put Into Words Just How Angry I Am With Our Uncaring And Dismissive Political Leaders.
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 9, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 8th January, 2022.
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.healthcareitnews.com/news/most-significant-mergers-and-acquisitions-2021 The most significant mergers and acquisitions of 2021 Some of the biggest names in healthcare and technology – athenahealth, Allscripts, Microsoft, Nuance and, of course, Oracle and Cerner – made big news with big-ticket deals this past year. By Mike Miliard Decemb...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 8, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Spinners Never Rest It Would Seem.
 This appeared last week: Alliance Friends provide views on My Health Record Tuesday, 29 June 2021 The Alliance has taken a ‘pulse’ survey of people passionate about rural health to collate their views on the Australian Government’s My Health Record. The majority of responders among the Alliance Friends group said they were aware of the digital service and many highlighted benefits of the platform, such as helping to overcome the barriers of distance. CEO Gabrielle O’Kane presented the findings of the survey to the My Health Record Symposium: Progress and Possibilities online event on 17 June 2...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 7, 2022 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.
January 06 2022 Edition ----- In the US we see worrying tensions with a number of countries with both China and Russia making hostile noises and taking at least some provocative actions. The storm that destroyed 1000 homes I Colorado was just horrific and shows how climate change seems to be having increasing effects. Omicron is running wild! In the UK and Europe we see Omicron loose and the UK realising that Brexit may not have been such a great idea. In OZ we have the PM ‘monitoring for synptoms’ while Omicron cases rise. To my eye the COVID response has become chaotic and confused. It may not end well at all...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 6, 2022 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, Social Media And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - January 04, 2022.
----- This weekly blog is to explore the news around the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy, AI / ML. technology, social media and related matters. I will also try to highlight ADHA Propaganda when I come upon it. Just so we keep count, the latest Notes from the ADHA Board were dated 6 December, 2018 and we have seen none since! It ’s pretty sad! Note: Appearance here is not to suggest I see any credibility or value in what follows. I will leave it to the reader to decide what is worthwhile and what is not! The point is to let people know what is being said / published that I have come u...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 4, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

In A Very Sad Development We Are Now Disappointingly Seeing Politics Contaminate The Pandemic Discussion And Debate.
 The last 48 hours have seen a schism emerge in the media treatment of the COVID19 pandemic. The Murdoch press is working hard to say it is all going well while the Fairfax Press and The Guardian are seeing a building and worrying crisis with chaos emerging. This is really a sad rupture in our polity just when we may need it to be working a peak rationalism and effectiveness! The moves to underplay test numbers and hospital figures and insisting that Rapid Antigen Tests are not free are examples of trends that are emerging. I have a feeling this may be all about blame-shifting in the light of a looming election. ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 3, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 3rd January, 2022.
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 was the slimmest of slim pickings this week but was nice to see, in the first article, that the ADHA spin machine never sleeps!There is also a large amount of ADHA education / propaganda about! The last article on the threat of Mr Musk to the NBN is fun! ----- https://www.ruralhealth.org.au/friends/alliance-friends-provide...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 3, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

PM Scott Morrison Seems To Say That You Are On Your Own If You Get COVID19!
This appeared an hour or so ago: Scott Morrison says healthcare system can cope despite warnings of Covid-19 pressure Scott Morrison has called for people to ‘manage their own health’ as hospital staff and paramedics feel the strain of soaring Covid-19 cases. Catie McLeod January 3, 2022 - 9:20AM NCA NewsWire Rising Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations continue to put enormous pressure on parts of Australia’s healthcare system as hospitals grapple with staff shortages and ambulances are delayed. There are at least 188,000 active coronavirus cases in the country, with almost 2000 people in hospital and al...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 3, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

In A Very Sad Development We Are Now Sadly Seeing Politics Contaminate The Pandemic Discussion And Debate.
 The last 48 hours have seen a schism emerge in the media treatment of the COVID19 pandemic. The Murdoch press is working hard to say it is all going well while the Fairfax Press and The Guardian are seeing a building and worrying crisis with chaos emerging. This is really a sad rupture in our polity just when we may need it to be working a peak rationalism and effectiveness! The moves to underplay test numbers and hospital figures and insisting that Rapid Antigen Tests are not free are examples of trends that are emerging. I have a feeling this may be all about blame-shifting in the light of a looming election. ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 3, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems To Me We Are Seeing Conservative Ideology From The NSW Premier Get In The Way Of Truth.
I have the distinct feeling the NSW public – and possibly others – are being ‘Mushroomed’ by various Governments on COVID statistics – maybe because they are presently getting a lot wrong! I found this a lesson in contrasts. Plan for rapid test results as Sutton’s Omicron health advice is revealed By Paul Sakkal, Aisha Dow and M ary Ward January 1, 2022 — 5.00am Victorians who test positive to COVID-19 on a rapid test will be able to share their result with the government and be included in official figures, as people forgo PCR testing due to unpalatable waiting times and site clos...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 2, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 612 – Results – 2nd January, 2022.
Here are the results of the poll. How Long Will It Be Until The COVID Pandemic Is Effectively Over, From Now, Do You Believe? Six Months 0% (0) One Year 2% (1) Two Years 9% (5) Three Or More Years 64% (34) Never 25% (13) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 53 Overall, it would be fair to say, many are pretty pessimistic about how long it will take to get back to normal .Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! An OK number of votes. with a clear outcome, for this time of year!  0 of 53 who answered the poll admitted to not being sure about the answer to the question! Again, many, many thanks t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 1, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 1st January, 2022.
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/articles/hospitals-using-the-same-ehr-developer-more-likely-to-share-patients?id=128975 Hospitals using the same EHR developer more likely to share patients However, study contends that developer-influenced health information exchange may negatively affect patient outcomes. Dec 23 2021 Marla Durben Hirsch The extent to whic...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 1, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Wonder How Typical This Is Regarding The Way The ADHA Handles FOI Requests?
This turned up a few days ago. Adverse findings from the Australian Information Commissioner Verity Pane made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Digital Health Agency Currently waiting for a response from Australian Digital Health Agency, they should respond promptly and normally no later than January 24, 2022 (details). Verity Pane December 23, 2021 Dear Australian Digital Health Agency, The Australian Information Commissioner recently made adverse findings against the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) finding that: (i) ADHA's refusal to process my FOI request because it was made through Right to Know...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 31, 2021 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.
December 30 2021 Edition ----- First the good news – the James Web Space Telescope has safely made it into space – now for the next 6 months to get it all set up and working. The rest of the world seems to continue to be gradually swamped by Omicron and we are all still wondering where it will all end. Global tensions with Russia and China conti nue and are not helping at all! In OZ we are heading into the New Year with a feeling of some uncertainty which has not eased just yet. We are all really sick of this! Worse we are seeing testing demand skyrocket as cases surge and Governments seem to be rather unsure j...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Is This A Significant Step Forward In The Clinical Secure Messaging Space?
I noticed this last week: National Secure Messaging Network (NSMN) The National Secure Messaging Network (NSMN) is a secure messaging solution being developed by the Agency and its industry partners. Quick intro Based on a set of Australian and international standards, the NSMN defines a messaging solution that can be implemented by clinical information and secure messaging systems to enable secure, reliable, interoperable exchange of clinical documents between Australian healthcare providers. The NSMN solution will be formally defined by a NSMN Conformance Assessment Scheme and governed by a NSMN Governance Committee, bot...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 29, 2021 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, Social Media And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - December 28, 2021.
----- This weekly blog is to explore the news around the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy, AI / ML. technology, social media and related matters. I will also try to highlight ADHA Propaganda when I come upon it. Just so we keep count, the latest Notes from the ADHA Board were dated 6 December, 2018 and we have seen none since! It ’s pretty sad! Note: Appearance here is not to suggest I see any credibility or value in what follows. I will leave it to the reader to decide what is worthwhile and what is not! The point is to let people know what is being said / published that I have come u...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 28, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 27 December, 2021.
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 ----- Always very quiet before Christmas and indeed it was this year. Biggest news was clearly Oracle buying Cerner. Will have an impact all over OZ! The APS employee survey for ADHA are really a pretty sad reflection of incompetent management of high level technical staff! ----- https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/about-us/policies-pri...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 27, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 611 – Results – 26th December, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Overall, How Would You Rate The ADHA's Performance In The Support Of Australian Digital Health in 2021? Great 3% (2) OK 0% (0) Neutral 0% (0) Not Much Good 10% (7) Very Poor 88% (63) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 72 Overall, it would be fair to say, the ADHA gets a pretty clear “fail”! .Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A great number of votes. with a clear outcome, for this time of year!  0 of 72 who answered the poll admitted to not being sure about the answer to the question! Again, many, many thanks to all those who voted!  Da...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is A Major Effort Not To Get Noticed With Important Disclosures Regarding How Badly The ADHA Is Being Managed And How It Is Getting Worse.
Yesterday I noticed this alert from Google. Google Alert - "My Health Record" Google Alerts (googlealerts-noreply@google.com) Date : 25/12/2021 2:58:28 PM APS employee census results | Australian Digital Health AgencyPCEHR means the My Health Record, formerly the "Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record", within the meaning of the My Health Records Act... https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/about-us/policies-privacy-and-reporting/aps-employee-census-results&ct=ga&cd=CAEYACoTODk0MTEwMjY3Mzg5MjM1NjE5NzIaOThkOGU0NDc1NTA0YmVmMTpjb206ZW46QVU&u...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 25 December, 2021.
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://healthitsecurity.com/news/39-ransomware-groups-targeted-healthcare-in-the-past-18-months 39 Ransomware Groups Targeted Healthcare in the Past 18 Months A dozen ransomware groups targeted healthcare despite making promises to not go after the sector, CyberPeace Institute data revealed. By Jill McKeon December 17, 2021 - At least 39 ransomware groups...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 25, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Not An Angle Of Digital Health I Had Thought About – But Clearly Very Important For Many!
This appeared last week. Can digital health improve the lives of LGBTIQ+ people? Published December 17, 2021 Teresa Savage, a consultant in LGBTIQ+ ageing and health and our Project Manager Roundtable and Digital Health, writes about the potential for digital health services to improve the lives of LGBTIQ+ people in rural and regional Australia. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people living in rural and regional Australia face significant challenges accessing safe and inclusive health care. Repeated experiences of stigma and discrimination, as well as social exclusion and isolation, r...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 24, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Dominic P. Has Backed Down on Masks!
 Just announced at press conference at 3pm 23/12/2021. 1. Indoor Mask Mandate From Midnight 23/12/2021. 2. QR Codes to be used more widely. 3. Density limits tweaked to avoid mingling and crowds and things like dancing restricted.. Great to see sanity starting to prevail. Why did it take so long I wonder? Nice to see Kerry Chant at the press conference! Apparently most of case increases related to Omicron variant. 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 - December 23, 2021 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.
December 23 2021 Edition ----- There are two issues affecting the globe. The acute one is the Omicron variant of COVID19 which is really going ‘bonkers’ around the world. What flows is not going to be good I suspect. It is certainly spreading like crazy as we move towards Christmas but maybe the disease caused is not quite as bad. The more chronic is the fading power of the US and the rise of the axis of China and Russia and also Iran which are making the world less stable and safe. Right now Australia seems to be in a degree of denial about the risks attached to both. Our PM seems to be in denial about the ri...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Prime Minister Has Slipped His Moorings And His Ideology Is Damaging Health Outcomes!
This is what we are hearing from our Prime Minister - AFR tonight (22/12/21) headline quoted!"PM resists mask and travels rules and tells Australians to self-manage their omicron risk" How on earth do most people know how to do that - unless they are part of the wealthy educated elites! He really is an ignorant, divisive and ideologically driven policy klutz who has no idea where most people live! This is public health madness I reckon! All the policy experts agree.... 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 - December 22, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Prime Minister Has Slipped His Moorings!
This is what we are hearing from our Prime Minister - AFR tonight headline quoted!"PM resists mask and travels rules and tells Australians to self-manage their omicron risk" How on earth do most people know how to do that - unless you are part of the 10%\? He really is an ignorant and ideologically driven policy klutz! This is public health madness 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 - December 22, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Am Afraid The ADHA Has “Jumped The Shark” For Absurd and Pathetic Press Releases!
This appeared last week: 15 Dec 2021 9:36 am AEDT Santa supports My Health Record Australian Digital Health Agency Santa has joined the Australian Digital Health Agency this year to urge Australians to give themselves the gift of better health care by using their My Health Record. “I’ve been using mine for years now and encourage the elves to do the same,” Santa said. “Like making a list and getting it right, having your health information in one place means you don’t forget the important things.” “I travel a lot at this time of year and if I do get sick, I don’ t need to tel...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 22, 2021 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, Social Media And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - December 21, 2021.
----- This weekly blog is to explore the news around the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy, AI / ML. technology, social media and related matters. I will also try to highlight ADHA Propaganda when I come upon it. Just so we keep count, the latest Notes from the ADHA Board were dated 6 December, 2018 and we have seen none since! Its pretty sad! Note: Appearance here is not to suggest I see any credibility or value in what follows. I will leave it to the reader to decide what is worthwhile and what is not! The point is to let people know what is being said / published that I have come upon. ---...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 20 December, 2021.
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 ----- Interestingly – there seemed to have been quite a bit going on last week. Enjoy the browse! I agree strongly with the article complaining about being forced to move to inferior NBN speeds for more money! ----- https://www.nationaltribune.com.au/racgp-welcomes-permanent-telehealth/ RACGP welcomes permanent teleh ealth &mid...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 20, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 610 – Results – 19th December, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Overall, How Would You Rate The Federal Government In The Quality And Implementation Of It's Information Technology Strategic Plans? Great 0% (0) OK 0% (0) Neutral 8% (5) Not Much Good 66% (42) Hopeless 27% (17) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 64 Overall, it would be fair to say, the Government gets a pretty clear “fail”! .Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A good number of votes. with a clear outcome, for this time of year!  0 of 64 who answered the poll admitted to not being sure about the answer to the question! Again, many, many thank...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Think It Would Be Fair To Say Ideologically Driven Politicians Are Poorly Equipped To Help Us Manage The Ongoing Pandemic.
We had a press conference from Premier Dom and Minister Hazzard this morning (Sunday 19, Dec.) on what to do about the rising case load of COVID19 – so many cases indeed that we can’t genotype them – and whether it was time to introduce some basic control measures. In the last few days pretty much all of the best epidemiologists in the country,the AMA and the NSW Opposition have all suggested that simple measures – a mask mandate, use of QR codes, sensible large gathering limits, basic social distancing and beefing up track and trace systems might be prudent for a few weeks until we see just how the...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 18 December, 2021.
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://ehrintelligence.com/news/how-a-health-org-approaches-ehr-data-governance-clinical-research How a Health Org Approaches EHR Data Governance, Clinical Research UNC Health ’s data governance committees approved 94 percent of EHR data requests for clinical research received in 2020. By Hannah Nelson December 10, 2021 - Interdisciplinary data gov...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 18, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Interesting Bit Of Speculation About Cerner!
"Oracle close to a deal to buy health IT company Cerner for US$30bn." Is being reported by the WSJ and FT. Watch this space! 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 - December 17, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like The Switch To Telehealth Has Really Made A Difference For Some!
This appeared last week: South Island saves 15 years of patient travel with telehealth Tuesday, 7 December 2021   NEWS - eHealthNews.nz editor Rebecca McBeth South Island DHBs have avoided more than 9 million kilometres of patient travel and more than 15 years of patient travel time by switching to telehealth for some outpatient appointments over the past year, a new interactive dashboard reveals. By avoiding a significant amount of travel, the DHBs also avoided 2.4 million kilos of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. Launched in November, The South Island Regional Telehealth Dashboard was develop...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 17, 2021 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.
December 16 2021 Edition ----- On the global stage we are getting an increasing feeling that the old world order that resulted from the 2nd World War is breaking down with China and Russia both stirring up trouble. It all seems to be spinning out of control! – Climate Change also seems to be out of control with crazy weather all over! Tornadoes in the US a current example! Elsewhere the COVID seems to be coming back with a vengeance in the UK, Europe and the US – and Asia also getting worse. Christmas looks to be under threat a little. In OZ we are into the pre-Christmas slow down but with frenzied pre-election...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs