Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 21 June, 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 ----- It seems there is some trouble brewing in Far North Qld with a long running program that some, t least, are not happy with. Will be interesting to see how it plays out. Otherwise we seem to be having more frequent major glitches in systems operated  by pretty much everyone! In many States we are having some trust issues wi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Find It Really Sad To Find Propaganda Masquerading As An Academic Paper.
This appeared a few days ago: A national system of online access by patients to personal health information in Australia is proving valuable June 18, 2021 There was a significant piece of international healthcare news this year in April that you may have missed. It was such a momentous development —empowering people and providing them with access to their own health information—that it could only have been eclipsed by a global pandemic. Transparency took a leap forward for citizens of the United States on 5 April 2021 as the 21st Century Cures Act quietly came into effect, which mandated in its rule on “I...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 20, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 584 – Results – 20th June, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Does The Present Federal Government Understand What Government Action(s) Are Needed To Have Digital Health Progress In Australia? Yes 4% (3) No 96% (70) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 73 The overwhelming belief is that the Government is utterly clueless regarding what to do next. Hardly a surprise given to detachment from reality we see from the relevant agencies. Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A fair number of votes with total clarity on the outcome!  It must also have been a very easy question as 0/73 readers were not sure how to respond. Agai...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 20, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 19 June, 2021.
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Yet Again We See A Technologically Ignorant Government Breaking Basic Information Management Rules!
This appeared last week: Clarity on COVID immunisation status on My Health Record The ADHA has issued new guidance to ensure patient records are correctly linking with up-to-date immunisation data. Morgan Liotta 10 Jun 2021 Recent upgrades to My Health Record(MHR) include a new consolidated view of immunisation details from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and the individual ’s record, making it easier for healthcare providers to view their patients’ information.  To support the Australian Government ’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout, data from all states and territories is now flowing into ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 18, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Now Here Is A Provocative Little Article!
 This turned up last week: https://medicalrepublic.com.au/nz-to-be-latest-country-to-outpace-australia-in-digital-health/46973 7 June 2021 NZ to be latest country to outpace Australia in digital health Technology Telehealth By Holly Payne Despite a pandemic-driven boost in telehealth services, Australia continues to lag behind its peers in terms of digital health, with New Zealand unveiling an ambitious plan to centralise health services. New Zealand ’s Health Minister Andrew Little announced the changes last month, saying the current system was “overly complex” and forced artificial barriers between...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 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.
June 17, 2021 Edition ----- The big news event in the last week has been the G7 meeting in Cornwall where ScMo was invited as a guest. There was agreement on many issues – such as need to live better with China and do better on Climate Change – with our PM dissenting on the second issue. Vaccination of the world also featured. In Australia it was all about relief that we were coping with COVID and the Libs seeking to defang the issue of the Biloela Four. ----- Major Issues. ----- https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/when-will-investors-realise-central-banks-are-serious-this-time-around-20210606-p57y...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 17, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Seems To Be Another Example Of Government Just Running Riot Over Citizens Because They Can!
This appeared last week: Privacy experts alarmed medical data is collected without consent The health secrets of millions of Australians have been extracted from GP computers in a data grab without permission. See what it means for you. Sue Dunlevy June 11, 2021 - 8:24AM News Corp Australia Network Exclusive: The individual health records of almost 25 million Australians have been scraped from medical clinics under a secret data grab that has alarmed privacy experts. The move has laid bare information on patients ’ mental health, alcohol consumption, weight, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. In most cases the ma...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 16, 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 - June 15, 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 upo...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 15, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 14 June, 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 ----- A pretty routine week with the usual run of data breaches and revelations about Governments treating you health data like it was theirs to use and worse still scatter to the four winds! All in all no surprises I guess! ----- https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/privacy-experts-alarmed-medical-data-is-collected-without-c...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 14, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 583 – Results – 13th June, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Are You Concerned That The ADHA Appears To Have Avoided Scrutiny Of Its Performance And Delivery From Senate Estimates For A Full Year Now, Apparently Due To Committee Time Constraints In COVID Times? Yes 99% (81) No 1% (1) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 82 The overwhelming belief is that the ADHA lacks any real public supervision and accountability. This can only lead to policy failure and continuing waste of money. Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A great number of votes with total clarity on the outcome!  It must also have been a very easy qu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 13, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Results Of The Poll Today Should Cause A Real Pause For Thought.
I find the Poll results I posted a few hours ago pretty alarming. To recap: https://aushealthit.blogspot.com/2021/06/aushealthit-poll-number-583-results.html Are You Concerned That The ADHA Appears To Have Avoided Scrutiny Of Its Performance And Delivery From Senate Estimates For A Full Year Now, Apparently Due To Committee Time Constraints In COVID Times? Yes 99% (81) No 1% (1) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 82 The two comments so far really point to a larger trend: Anonymous said... ADHA is a simple indicator of a broader problem, in some cases accelerated under cover of COVID. Still, the march away from transp...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 13, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 12 June, 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://www.digitalhealth.net/2021/06/getting-cyber-security-math-right-is-key-to-preventing-ransomware-attacks/ Getting cyber security math right is key to preventing ransomware attacks In his June column for Digital Health, our cyber security columnist, Davey Winder gives his thoughts on the on-going incident happening in the Republic of Ireland.  Davey...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 12, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Is It Time To Retire The COVIDSafe App? The Question Really Needs To Be Asked!
These two articles appeared last week: First we had: The COVIDSafe app is just another expensive fail by Sonia Hickey | Jun 1, 2021 | Digital, Featured, Ladder | This week, Victoria ’s health minister openly mocked the COVIDSafe app. With the program still costing $100,000 a month, the joke is on us. There has been a litany of problems with the Government’s app, leading many to question whether the millions of taxpayer dollars spent has been worth it. There were initial con cerns about the collection and use of data and privacy, and given the great failure that was the 2016 online Census and the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 11, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Social Media Has Some Real Risks That Need To Be Managed At An Individual Level.
 This appeared last week: Protecting freedom of thought in the digital age 31 May 2021 Susie Alegre Publisher Centre for International Governance Innovation Consumer protection Data protection Digital disruption Digital identity Sector regulation Human rights Resources Protecting freedom of thought in the digital age                143.97 KB Description As digital technology plays an ever-increasing role in our lives, the need for regulations to protect our rights to freedom of thought and opinion is becoming more apparent, especially with reg...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 10, 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.
June 10, 2021 Edition ----- The biggest news globally is the G7 meeting agreeing to a global tax regime which will prevent lots of tax evasion and help fund the pandemic. In the US we see the pandemic ebbing and the US economy recovering and a lunatic judge in California tossing out a 30 year ban on assault rifles saying the are good for home defence and deterring invasion of the US. In the UK we see the delta virus is growing as a worrying pace! In OZ the delta COVID strain is off and rolling while the PM is practicing a range of political backflips on a range of policy issues. ----- Major Issues. ----- https://www.afr.co...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 10, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

An ADHA Spokesman Defends The #myHealthRecord – What A Surprise!
This appeared last week: In defence of My Health Record Dr Steve Hambleton / June 3, 2021 In April, Which-50 ran a series of articles critical of the Federal government ’s implementation of My Health Record. The system is, however, not without its defenders. One such is Dr Steve Hambleton, a GP and Independent Clinical Advisor to the Digital Health Agency. This is his response. My patients benefit from the information that I and their other healthcare providers u pload to, and view in, My Health Record. Why? When healthcare providers upload their patients’ information, they save the patient from having to reme...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 9, 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 - June 08, 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 - June 8, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 07 June, 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 ----- All sort of bits and pieces this week with cyber-security being a bit of a theme. Does anyone know more about what went / goes on at NSW Health? ----- https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/hacking/personal-information-accessed-after-cyber-attack-on-nsw-health/news-story/fb6fd41d6ec351030d81abf8ffdb439f Personal information ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 7, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 582 – Results – 6th June, 2021.
 Here are the results of the poll. Has The ADHA Failed in Developing, Maintaining, Extending And Supporting The Australian Digital Health Standards Infrastructure And Ecosystem? Yes 94% (87) No 6% (6) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 93 The overwhelming belief is that the ADHA has totally dropped to Digital Health Standards ball. Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A really great number of votes with total clarity on the outcome!  It must also have been a very easy question as 0/93 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those who voted!  David. ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 6, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Is Very Little Wonder The ADHA Is So Unaccountable And Just Ignores Most Australian Digital Health Expertise Given Senate Estimates Has Ignored Them For A Year.
As I usually do I looked this week to see what had happened with the Senate Estimates Hearings and questions on the ADHA ’s performance and delivery of programs as per its strategy. It seems to have been a long time since we heard from them. This is the most recent I can find: https://aushealthit.blogspot.com/2019/11/senate-estimates-community-affairs.html It is dated October 2019! A quick glance at the recent Estim ates Program revealed that June 1, 2021 was the day we could expect the ADHA to appear: Here is the link to the sessions and relevant text: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Senate_estimates/c...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 6, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 05 June, 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/states-select-fhir-based-api-to-meet-cms-interoperability-rule States Select FHIR-based API to Meet CMS Interoperability Rule To comply with CMS interoperability mandate, WA and MI integrated a FHIR-based API that provides Medicaid members access to personal health data. By Hannah Nelson May 28, 2021 - Washington and&...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 5, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Is Casting Far And Wide For #myHealthRecord Use Cases That Might Be Making A Difference
This appeared last week. Technology brings better health care to one of the most remote communities in the world Published 25 May 2021 In one of the most remote communities in the world, the Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjara in Western Australia, telehealth and the use of My Health Record have transformed health care delivery. Tjuntjuntjara is 650km north east of Kalgoorlie in the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia. There are about 160 people living at Tjuntjuntjara - they speak a southern variety of the Pitjantjatjara language and identify as belonging to a group of people known as Pil...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 4, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Seems To Be A Little More Movement in The ePrescribing Space
I  spotted these a day or so ago. First we have this: 25 May 2021 Men ’s health provider moves to e-scripts Sex Technology Web By Ben Falkenmire To capitalise on the government’s push towards electronic scripts, online men’s sexual health provider Pilot has confirmed it is moving to e-scripts later in the year. The self-titled “health navigator for Australia n men” would look to align its e-script offering with one of the Active Script List platforms. My Script Launch, the first ASL compliant with the Department of Health, was recently activated in Tasmania and is expected to be rolled ou...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 3, 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.
June 03, 2021 Edition ----- In the US we see the Biden Administration wanting to spend eye-watering amounts of money to support the US economy and the totally overhaul the US social safety net and the national infrastructure. It will be interesting to see how much is finally actually approved by Congress. In the UK new variants of concern of COVID and causing some anxiety and the PM is in big trouble having a. got married and being amned by his previous lead advisor for stupidity and incompetence. In OZ we were hoping the lockdown in Vic will end tomorrow while testing and vaccinating rates are high but we seem stuck for a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 3, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Reckon The ADHA Has Better Start Being Honest With The Public Or Their Intransigence Will Start To Be Noticed.
This appeared a few days ago. ED doctors are using the My Health Record... definitely, maybe Is this evidence that the system is offering real-word clinical benefits to treating doctors? 25th May 2021 By Antony Scholefield One of the big selling points of the My Health Record was that ED doctors could check an This month, we asked the Australian Digital Health Agency how many times a My Health Record document was being viewed in ED. Instead of a direct answer, we were given a statistic on how often the My Health Record was viewed in public hospitals: 578,000 times in the past 12 months. There is something on the My Health ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 2, 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 - June 01, 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 upo...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 31 May, 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 ----- Again we seem to be seeing cyber security as the issue of the week. NZ is obviously sick of it and now threatening to fine Health Services for getting breached! Otherwise the usual announcements and apparent progress here and there! It is hard, also, to go past the huge bonuses being paid to NBN staff for just, barely, doing th...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 31, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 581 – Results – 30th May, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Do You Believe The Residential Aged Care Sector Will Reach Near 100% Adoption And Use Of The #myHealthRecord (As Required By The Aged Care RC) Any Time In The Foreseeable Future? Yes 0% (0) No 100% (85) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 85 The overwhelming belief is that Aged Care use of the #myHealthRecord will not grow dramatically any time soon. Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A really great number of votes with total clarity on the outcome!  It must also have been a very easy question as 0/85 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, ma...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Has Seemingly Decided To Do As Little As Possible On Digital Health Standards. For Progress To Be Made This Must Change!
There was optimism expressed in this recent article that we may see some relatively immediate progress with Digital Health Standardisation and Interoperability. See here: 27 May 2021 Government circles biggest change to digital health since MHR ADHA Cloud COVID-19 Interoperability MHR By Jeremy Knibbs After years of talking about the idea, it looks like the federal government is giving serious consideration to establishing a proper strategic (standards based) framework to help align digital health stakeholders in moving more effectively and faster to an interoperable future. Possibly the most controversial element of Austr...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 29 May, 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://mhealthintelligence.com/news/digital-duds-the-mhealth-wearable-market-looks-to-sensor-embedded-clothing Digital Duds: The mHealth Wearable Market Looks to Sensor-Embedded Clothing mHealth wearables have often focused on watches, wristbands and jewelry. Now the spotlight is shining on sensor-embedded clothing that can help providers track movement and o...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 29, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems I Am Not The Only One To Think ACIC Is Guilty Of Extreme Over Reach!
The boffins at ANU and UNSW seem to think the same – this from The Conversation. May 18, 2021 ACIC thinks there are no legitimate uses of encryption. They’re wrong, and here’s why it matters. Gernot Heiser, Scientia Professor and John Lions Chair, UNSW; Lyria Bennett Moses, Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, UNSW , and Vanessa Teague, Adjunct associate professor (ANU) and CEO, Thinking Cybersecurity, Australian National University Australia’s parliament is considering legislation to give new powers to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the Australi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 28, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Is The ADHA Aligned With The National Digital Strategy? It Does Not Seem So!
This appeared a week or so ago: Digital economy strategy 2030 11 May 2021 Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia) Publisher Government of Australia Digital transformation Emerging technologies Business enterprises Business innovation Economic recovery Economic growth Australia Resources Digital economy strategy 2030                                           9.72 MB Digital economy strategy 2030 (info...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 27, 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.
 May 27, 2021 Edition. ----- In India, while the is spread in the countryside, we are seeing the COVID picture slowly improve. In the US there seems to have been some success in the Israel / Palestine war with a cease fire in place while domestically we see Biden ’s popularity at about 60%. So far so good you would think. In the UK we have the lock-down’s relaxing as we worry about some variant strains that seem to be emerging. In OZ the vaccination roll out is slowly picking up and the buzz re The Budget passes. Stupid move of the week is planning to bu ild a gas fired power station in the Hunter while am...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 27, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

On The Ground Reporting Shows How Dangerous And Destructive Ransomware Is.
I noticed this chilling first hand account from Ireland the other day. A week from hell as health service grapples with cyberattack The HSE has had its hardest year dealing with Covid. Now it has had its hardest week 21 May, 2021 Paul Cullen Health Editor Fifteen months into a pandemic, just when it seemed things were looking up, along came the cyberattack to upend the health service and deliver the week from hell. “The hardest six days of my working life,” was how paediatric radiologist Dr Gabrielle Collerandescribed her state of exhaustion after a week of shutdowns and work-arounds in the Dublin hospitals whe...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 26, 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 - May 25, 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 - May 25, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 24 May, 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 ----- A pretty quiet week other than the usual run of security breaches in the sector. It really is beyond a joke! We have also seen all sorts of nonsense regarding the #myHealthRecord and Aged Care ----- https://www.ausdoc.com.au/news/telehealth-key-tackling-cvd-women-lancet Telehealth key to tackling CVD in women: Lancet The global...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 24, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Really Great To See How Thrilled The Aged Care Sector Is With The #myHealthRecord!
This appeared a few days ago. by Sandy Cheu May 21, 2021 Aged care provider uptake of My Health Record remains low Residential aged care facilities have just over two years to adopt the national health record system, which has poor uptake to date, an industry forum has heard. In its response to the aged care royal commission final report, the government said it would support residential aged care facilities to adopt My Health Record by June 2023. As of 25 April, 10 per cent of residential aged care facilities registered for My Health Record but only 3 per cent have used the system, a spokesperson from the Australian Digita...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 580 – Results – 23rd May, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Is The ADHA Doing Enough To Make The Clinician-Contributed Clinical Data Quality Fit For Purpose, Safe And Trustworthy? Yes 0% (0) No 98% (87) I Have No Idea 2% (2) Total votes: 89 It Seems the overwhelming belief is that the ADHA has dropped the data-quality ball with the #myHealthRecord. Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A really great number of votes with total clarity on the outcome!  It must also have been an easy question as 3/89 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those who voted!  David.  This is the...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 22 May, 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/understanding-ehr-documentation-assistants-voice-assistants Understanding EHR Documentation Assistants, Voice Assistants Health systems across the country are integrating EHR documentation assistants to boost EHR documentation and mitigate clinician burnout. By Christopher Jason May 14, 2021 - EHR documentation was origina...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 22, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Some Of The Budget Digital Health Investments Are Of Higher Quality Than Others I Believe!
Among all the excitement around Digital Investment in the Budget last week – with all that $500M on myGOV and the #myHealthRecord you may have missed some lesser but arguably more important stuff. First we have this: Budget 2021: Digital mental health services to see AU$110m injection Australia's mental health system will receive a AU$2.3 billion investment package as pa rt of this year's federal Budget, with a portion to go into expanding digital mental health services while another will go into extending financial support for telehealth services until the end of the year. By Campbell Kwan | May 11, 2021 -- 11:28 GM...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 21, 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.
May 20, 2021 Edition. ----- In India there are just the barest signs of improvement while SE Asia and Nepal are really failing. Was\r has broken out between Israel and Hamas and it is getting out of control in terms of lives lost. In the US seems to be unable to help in the Middle East while at home things continue to stabilise. In the UK fears are building regarding the risks of a new COVID variant from India that may cause big problems. In Australia we have had the Federal Budget and are in a major spendathon. Who knows when we will see any level of balance returning but it is clear it is a decade out at least! ----- Maj...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 20, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Its Nice To Know It Was Not A Random Act Of God!
A week of so ago there was a report of so called ‘unexplained’ errors in the doses of medication being prescribed at a number of SA Health hospitals. Here is a link to the blog: https://aushealthit.blogspot.com/2021/05/this-sounds-all-very-strange-to-me-i.html We now have an update: Doctors told patients may have had 10 times intended drug dos e SA Health CEO Chris McGowan says a review is underway into a software glitch that added an extra digit on hospital scripts 10th May 2021 By Carmel Sparke Doctors at several large public hospitals have been warned that their patients may have rec...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 20, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Hackers Take Out A Whole National Health System – This Is Getting Beyond A Joke
This appeared last week: Ireland ’s health service hit by “significant ransomware attack” Healthcare IT systems have been shut down as precaution. By Tammy Lovell May 14, 2021 10:00 AM Ireland’s health service IT system has been shut down as a precautionary measure, following a cyber attack today. The Health Service Execut ive (HSE) believes the attack is by international criminals attempting to extort money, although no demand has yet been received. HSE confirmed there had been “a significant ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems” and it had closed down systems “to protect them ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Just So You Aware If You Consult A Public Health Organisation Your Private Health Information Probably Goes All Over!
I noticed this last week – and while appreciating the honesty – I was amazed at the level of ‘information scatter’! What happens to my health information? When you become a patient of Barwon Health, a record is created containing your name, address, contact details and other information such as the nature of the pr oblem for which you are seeking treatment and the treatment or advice you were given. Every time you attend Barwon Health as a patient, new information is added to your record. Your record may also be included on Barwon Health clinical databases, where necessary, for your treatment or ong...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 19, 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 - May 18, 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 - May 18, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 17 May, 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 ----- Amazing revelation this week that data in the #myHR has a high rubbish quotient. Who knew? Another week of leaks and ransoms all over and the usual quantum of rubbish ADHA stats! Oh and there was a Budget when Scotty from Marketing – not knowing any better – decided to spend some of our-hard- earned of a major tech ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 17, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Not Hard To Understand Why Much Of The Clinician Entered Data In The #myHealthRecord Is Rubbish!
This interesting insight into the data in the Shared Health Summaries appeared a few days ago. 13 May 2021 More than 20% of MHR shared health summary data is likely garbage ADHA ADHA DoH Insights MHR By Jeremy Knibbs A Department of Health audit of GP uploaded shared health summaries reveals that the state of My Health Record data integrity may be a lot worse than people think Earlier this month the Department of Health (DoH) took its new data matching powers out for its first test drive in the form of an audit of all GP practices which upload shared health summaries to the My Health Record (MHR) as part of the ePIP, ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 579 – Results – 16th May, 2021.
 Here are the results of the poll. Do You Believe The Budget Allocation Of $301.8M For Next Year Will Provide For Much More Than Just Keeping The System Going With Small Improvements Rather Than The ADHA Intended 'Re-platforming? Yes - This Amount Will Fully Fund Re-Development 35% (31) No - Significant Re-Development Looks To Be Off The Table For 2021/2022 62% (55) I Have no Idea 3% (3) Total votes: 89 A small majority do not think the proposed re-platforming is actually funded and thus probably will not go ahead for now.  (Note: A detailed review of the Budget Papers after release now suggests the funding ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 15 May, 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/regenstrief-creates-teaching-ehr-system-to-boost-ehr-training Regenstrief Creates Teaching EHR System to Boost EHR Training The optimized EHR system gives medical students a hands-on approach to EHR training. By Christopher Jason May 07, 2021 - Regenstrief Institute and its partners havedeveloped a teaching electronic medi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 15, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs