This Might Be Another Reason You Might Want To Stay Out Of The myHR.
This appeared a few days ago.MBS access on the way?Megan Haggan — 15/06/2018Pharmacists having access to MBS items may be a step closer, PSA national president Dr Shane Jackson has hintedSpeaking at the opening session of ConPharm 2018, the Annual Consultant Pharmacy Seminar, Dr Jackson highlighted three areas of opportunity for accredited pharmacists – one of which is MBS access.“Only three weeks ago I wrote to the chair of the MBS Review Taskforce, Professor Bruce Robinson, and highlighted again the glaring disparity where pharmacists are not able to be included on the list of allied health professional...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Older Australians Mostly Comfortable With Sharing Data For Health Research.
This article appeared last week:Data sharing OK say older Australians, as MyHealth Record extends to allBy Tessa Hoffman13 Jun 2018Two thirds of older Australians say they are comfortable having their de-personalised medical data used for research purposes, according to a new survey.The survey, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health,  asked 2000 Australians aged 55 and over if they found it acceptable to have data that had been collected during their aged care assessment de-identified, collected and used for health research.A total of 66.7% of participants replied ‘yes’ with&n...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 18th June, 2018.
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Very Interesting Podcast From The Financial Times On Health Data Sharing And The GDPR.
This appeared last week:How can we make best use of health data?Should medical data be treated differently from other personal data, and what impact will Europe ’s new GDPR rules have on medical research and health tech companies? Darren Dodd puts these questions to the FT’s Sarah Neville, Tina Woods of Collider Health and data protection and privacy expert Kristof van Quathem. Here is the link:https://www.acast.com/ft-news/howcanwemakebestuseofhealthda ta-?autoplayThis is very interesting and also reminds us of the NHS care.data fiasco. 13+ minutes well spent.David. This is the initial part of the post - read...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 427 – Results – 17th June, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Should The Police Have Warrant-less Access To Real-Time Prescription Monitoring Information When It Is Implemented?Yes 1% (2) No 99% (144) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 146 As clear cut as it gets – the view among our readers is that warrant-less access is a definite no-no! Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, great turnout of votes! It must have been a very easy question as just 0/146 re aders were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by cl...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is Looking Like It Could Be A Pretty Big Change. I Wonder Can They Get It Right?
This appeared last week:Australians to soon get myGovID single government identityThe first of several pilot programs using a beta version of a myGovID will begin in October, the federal government confirmed on Tuesday.By Asha McLean | June 12, 2018 -- 03:46 GMT (13:46 AEST) | Topic: Innovation Minister for Human Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation Michael Keenan has offered further detail on Australia's digital identity, announcing the myGovID at the National Press Club on Tuesday.In a statement, Keenan said having 30 different log-ins for government services is "not good eno...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 16th June, 2018
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://patientengagementhit.com/news/onc-adds-patient-generated-health-data-to-patient-engagement-guideONC Adds Patient-Generated Health Data to Patient Engagement GuideThe guide now also explains how healthcare organizations and providers can collect and leverage patient-generated health data.By Sara HeathJune 07, 2018 - The Office of the National Coordina...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Our Health System Looks To Be At A Crossroad In Terms Of Sustainability. Digital Health Is Almost Certainly NOT The Answer!
This appeared late last week:Clinics, hospitals and policies in need of intensive careThe Australian12:00AM June 6, 2018Sean ParnellTo look at it, Australia ’s health system is, for the most part, healthy. Our practitioners are among the most talented and well-regarded; our hospitals are kept to a high standard; public and universal ­access has served us well; and Medicare remains a trusted brand.On face value, the health system is what keeps Austral ians happy and active: our average life expectancy is among the highest in the world. But test the system’s vital signs and you soon realise things aren’...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
June 14, 2018 Edition.Thanks to Trump the G7 Summit has concluded in chaos. Canada is now a US enemy and the world has drifted of it axis.... In Singapore the NK Summit has concluded with a points decision to Kim and DJT looking to have been rather played. Concrete progress is what we need to see now so we are again in the 'time will tell' mode. In the UK Brexit is getting messier and messier and it is hard to know where it will wind u p. In OZ we are to have a national apology to the victims of child sexual abuse and the endless bye-election campaign drags on! Also we are seeing some rumblings from the Reserve Bank t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Does Anybody Know Where This Is Actually Up To Now We Are Into June 2018.
This popped up a few days ago:Australia to create a connected health service through the National Health Interoperability RoadmapBy: Teresa UmaliPublished: 4 Jun 2018Interoperability is an ongoing issue in an individual ’s health record information. With the information fragmented across providers, some even stored as hard copies or scanned copies, retrieval of which becomes difficult especially during critical times. With the development of a National Health Interoperability Roadmap by December 2018, this can be solved.An announcement from the Australian Digital Health Agency highlighted the government’s plan ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Digital Divide Is Very Wide And Deep But The ADHA Does Not Seem To Care.
This report details findings of a combined quantitative and qualitative study which aimed to understand the current behaviour and perceptions towards digital devices and internet amongst people aged 50 years and over.The quantitative component involved 3,602 nationwide telephone surveys using a Random Digit Dialling (RDD) approach. The sample achieved delivers a statistically representative sample that provides insight into people aged 50 years and over in terms of their behaviour and attitudes towards digital devices, e.g. smartphone, desktop computers etc., and the internet. Fieldwork was conducted from 25 May 2017 to 26...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 12th June, 2018.
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 CommentAll sorts seem to be going on with most States having some news. Interestingly we are seeing more and more negative commentary regarding the consistency and credibility of the ADHA and the opt-out. They seem to have more than one answer to a lot of questions – not sure why?-----https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Is This A Try On, Or Are The Serious In Provoking Some Severe Avoidance Behaviour?
This appeared last week:Bid to give police access to real-time S8 script data Patient information would help them identify 'criminal entrepreneurs'Antony Scholefield6th June 2018Patient information contained in the upcoming national real-time script monitoring system would be handed to police investigators under a proposal from the criminal intelligence agency.The system, which will alert doctors about to prescribe S8 drugs of previous scripts, has long been seen as the key to stopping doctor-shoppers and reducing the misuse of addictive medicines. The Federal Government announced funding for a national system in July...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Pair Of Nice Long Reads On The myHR To Assist In Opt-Out Decision Making.
Given it is a holiday weekend I thought I would have a little break and let two other authors discuss the issues.First we have Leanne Wells writing on Croaky.An important overview of the pros, cons and questions about My Health RecordEditor: Melissa Sweet Author: Leanne Wells on: June 06, 2018 In: consumer health information, Croakey longreads, digital technology, e-health, Healthcare and health reformBy the end of 2018, a My Health Record (MHR) will be created for every Australian unless they choose not to have one.This major development brings potential benefits – but also raises complex questions for individuals t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

HealthEngine Comes Out Of The Bunker And Apologises Unreservedly.
This appeared a little while ago:HealthEngine chief 'unreservedly apologises' for editing patient reviews By Esther Han11 June 2018 — 12:42pmIn numbers·         "Positive customer feedback" of GPs on HealthEngine's website. 47,900 ·         Reviews that have been edited. 53% ·         Medical practices listed on the website that have reviews. 1840 The chief executive of HealthEngine, the online GP booking business at the centre of a review-tampering controversy, has ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Let ’s Call A Spade A Spade! On The Face Of It This Is Misleading And Deceptive Conduct Isn’t It?
This appeared earlier today:'Very poor': GP booking service HealthEngine sanitises patient reviewsBy Esther Han10 June 2018 — 12:00amIn numbers·         "Positive customer feedback" of GPs on HealthEngine's website. 47,900 ·         Reviews that have been edited. 53% ·         Medical practices listed on the website that have reviews. 1840Australia's largest online GP booking business HealthEngine has been caught dramatically altering negative patient reviews and publi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 426 – Results – 10th June, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Does The ADHA Have The "Social License" (Public Support, Confidence, Trust, Understanding etc.) To Introduce The Near Universal myHR?Yes 3% (5) No 97% (160) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 165 As clear cut as it goes – the view among our readers is that the ADHA has not earned to trust it needs! Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, great turnout of votes! It must have been a very easy question as just 0/165 r eaders were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 9th June, 2018
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/2018/05/breast-cancer-screening-error-thousands-more/Breast cancer screening error ‘may have affected thousands more’The breast cancer screening error may have affected thousands more women across England, one researcher at Kings College London has claimed.Hanna Crouch – 31 May 2018Jeremy Hunt told MPs in May that a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AI Continues To Break Out All Over And So Do Its Implications.
There have been all sorts of articles on AI appear this week that are worth noting.First we have Henry Kissinger …Jun 1 2018 at 9:00 AM Human society isn't ready for artificial intelligenceIs it possible that human history might go the way of the Incas, faced with a Spanish culture incomprehensible and even awe-inspiring to them? Were we at the edge of a new phase of human history? by Henry Kissinger Three years ago, at a conference on trans-Atlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session – it lay outside my usual concerns –...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
June 07, 2018 Edition.On the international front it seems Italy now has a government, Spain has managed a transition and Trump says (for now ) he is going to Singapore while applying tariffs on all his friends. The man is a bloody menace I reckon.In OZ One Nation appears to be imploding,  the ACCC is bringing criminal charges against the ANZ and two international investment banks and Barnaby appears to have also imploded and gone on extended leave.The Productivity Commission Report on Superannuation is an amazing document which needs a major response to fix the issues raised.The Financial Services Royal Commission aga...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Just Thumbs Its Nose At Proper Disclosure!
Checked at 11.00am today: Australian Digital Health Agency BoardDownload the latest Board Meeting - 6 December 2017 - Board PapersSo they are happy to go 1/2 a year with no Board disclosure. As with the Digital Baby Initiative - more disclosure would likely foster more support and the secrecy makes one wonder what they ha ve to hide? Clearly they don't give a fig about their stakeholders. Just hopeless. 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 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Has Me Rather Scratching My Head - I Wonder Where It Actually Fits?
This appeared last week.Digital Baby Book Budget boost for parentsInvestments in digital technologies and children ’s health will have long term benefits for Australians.29 May 2018The 2018 Federal Budget, announced on 8 May, is notable for its emphasis on long--term investments in the health of Australians, particularly in children’s health and digital health technologies. Better health from day oneNew pare nts currently receive a hard copy “blue book” to record and track their children’s health and immunisation milestones, but this will be phased out in favour of a digital record next year. ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Some Fun myHR Statistics To Make You Think!
As at May 29 the following are what we are being told.Here is the link to the latest one:https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/about/my-health-record-statisticsA few numbers: Consumers registered      5,821,864 Clinical Document Uploads          5,864,519So that means that each consumer has on average just 1 clinical document on their record.About 30% only actually have a Shared Health Summary. This means that since 2012 at best 7% of the population have a Shared Health Summary uploaded and some could be 3 or 4 years old!!What is compelling in the stati...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

These ADHA Test Beds Are Interesting But Sadly May Be Focused On The Narrow myHR Mindset.
A week or so ago an EOI appeared from the ADHA. (16 May, 2018Media release - Digital test beds to drive change in healthcareHealth technology organisations, clinicians, patients and health service managers are driving innovation and developing creative solutions to improve how health services are delivered. These ideas often give life to the next solution, which can improve safety, drive health efficiency, and enable choice and control for patients.The Australian Digital Health Agency is calling for proposals for innovative test beds that can be rigorously reviewed and then scaled nationally. These pioneering initiatives w...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Is Telling Those Who Asked To Opt-out Where To Next!
I was forwarded this e-mail just now - so the process seems to have started. ------ My Health Record Opt-out Dates My Health Record opt-out datesHello, You are receiving this email because you registered your email address at myhealthrecord.gov.au to find out more information about how to opt-out of the My Health Record system. If you do not want a My Health Record, you must register your choice between 1 6 July and 15 October 2018 during the opt-out period. It is not possible to opt-out of having a record before the opt-out period starts. The opt-out period will not apply to individuals who have previously chosen t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

An Article From The Information Age of the Aust. Computer Society Reveals Some Concerns With The myHR.
This well researched and referenced article appeared last week.You have 3 months to opt out of electronic health recordOtherwise, the government will simply create one for you.By David Braue on May 29 2018 11:16 AM After years of trying carrots, the federal government is getting out the stick by controversially forcing all Australians to opt out of the My Health Record (MHR) program or have one automatically created for them by year ’s end.Some 5.7 million Australians have so far joined MHR, which was created in 2016 in a realignment of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) project – which ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Here Is The Proof That When You Do Things Right You Don ’t Need Compulsion and Opt-out.
This appeared last week:More than 1.3 million GP appointments booked onlineMonday, 28 May 2018  eHealthNews editor Rebecca McBethMore than 1.3 million GP appointments have been booked online via a patient portal in New Zealand.More than 400,000 repeat prescriptions have also been ordered electronically, saving patients a phone call or visit to their GP.Figures gathered by eHealthNews from New Zealand ’s three main patient portal providers reveal that patients are increasingly using digital services to communicate with their GP practice.Around 550,000 of New Zealand’s 4.5 million patients (12 per cent)...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 4th June, 2018.
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 CommentSenate Estimates happened and discussion of the opt-out plan continued. Good to see there is a reasonable about of discussion. Other fun things included for amusement.-----https://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/better-nothing-gp-early-adopter-reflects-six-years-my-health-record'Better than nothing': A GP early adopter reflects on six...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Really Thought It Would Take Longer Than This. Already Some Are Wanting To Circumvent The myHR Secondary Use Framework.
This appeared yesterday.Updated Jun 1 2018 at 11:00 PM Health insurers hopeful of My Health Record data accessTyde founder Romain Bonjean with Tyde investor Dean McEvoy, believes the best way to approach the member is to ask directly for consent to access this personal data. by Carrie LaFrenz Private health insurance companies remain hopeful the federal government will reconsider a ban on them accessing sensitive data contained in the new digital My Health Record system, arguing they should not be lumped in with life and general insurers. Health Insurers want access to anonymised data on a "secondary&qu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 425 – Results – 3rd June, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll. Do You Believe The ADHA Will Actually Spend $100 Million (As Claimed By Tim Kelsey) To Alert People To The myHR Opt-Out Period etc? Yes 74% (107) No 23% (33) I Have No Idea 3% (4) Total votes: 144 All I can say you are a trusting lot. My reading is that $100M is a bit of a fudge but there you go! From one report: “The Agency has committed over $114m to consumer communication activities including: o $27.75m to support the developme nt, design and delivery of communications collateral and support o $52.38m has been allocated to support education and training for all register...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 2nd June, 2018
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/2018/05/data-security-and-protection-toolkit-launched/Toolkit launched to ensure patient data is handled correctlyA new online self-assessment tool that enables organisations to measure their data security against national standards has been launched.Hanna Crouch – 22 May 2018The Data Security and Protection Toolkit, which...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

For Those Who Have Not Kept Up With The Goings On At Telstra Health.
This appeared a little while ago.Updated May 18 2018 at 11:00 PM Did Andy Penn cost Telstra shareholders $46 billion?by Aaron Patrick Andy Penn's timing couldn't have been worse. When the slick-haired accountant accepted what should have been the crowning job of his stellar career – chief executive officer of Telstra – the phone giant's share price was about to create a shareholder wasteland.….. Most of article omittedThrowing around cashIn the past, Telstra hasn't helped by engaging in behaviour classic to big companies fearful of structural decline: throwing cash arou nd.Penn inherited one of Thodey's ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
May 31, 2018 Edition.Well things are really getting amazingly fluid regarding the NK Summit – on, off, on etc. I guess we will know on the 11th whether the 12th is on? Elsewhere is seems the Irish have had a sensible rush of blood to the head but left the six northern counties stuck in the 1950’s.In OZ  the elections of the 28th July and the relationship of us with China seem to be the issues gaining  most attention. I hope the pollies are up to working out a reasonable modus vivendi with China – for all our sakes…. The FS Royal Commission was also awful this week with studies of human di...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Another Issue The Proponents Of The myHR Need To Face. Lack Of Data Accuracy.
This appeared last week:Should you trust what e-records tell you?Antony Scholefield22 May 2018 GPs are repeatedly told that electronic medical records will fix the problems of faulty memories, illegible hospital handover notes and patients who aren ’t faithful to one GP (but don’t tell you). But do you trust what your computer says?Researchers from Perth read the electronic patient records of almost 1000 patients and then checked with the real-life patient if they were accurate.The results focused on whether patients had received their flu vaccination or not. These searches found that, in 84% of cases, the elec...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Maybe Real Time Prescription Monitoring Is Not All It Is Cracked Up To Be.
This week we have had more calls for prescription monitoring:See here:Queensland needs real-time prescription monitoring 'urgently', coroner says, amid opioid deathsBy Michelle RaffertyA prescription monitoring system to prevent "doctor shopping" in Queensland is needed urgently within the next two years, rather than the state waiting for a national scheme to come online, an inquest into four opioid deaths has found.Coroner James McDougall examined the deaths of William House, Jodie Anne Smith, Vanessa Joan White and Daniel Keith Milne between 2012 and 2014.Medical bodies including the Australian Medical Associat...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The New York Times Points Out How Useless The myHR Will Be For Serious Clinical Research.
This appeared a few days ago.New Cancer Treatments Lie Hidden Under Mountains of PaperworkBy Gina KolataMay 21, 2018Dr. Nikhil Wagle thought he had a brilliant idea to advance research and patient care.Dr. Wagle, an oncologist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and his colleagues would build a huge database that linked cancer patients ’ medical records, treatments and outcomes with their genetic backgrounds and the genetics of their tumors.The database would also include patients’ own experiences. How ill did they feel with the treatments? What was their quality of life? The database would find patt...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Has The ADHA Lost Its Social License To Try To Give Us All A myHR?
This article appeared last week:It ’s time to put consumers in the driver’s seat in Big Data economyBy Lauren Solomon • 21/05/2018 If the public doesn’t feel it can say no, all the privacy policies and terms and conditions can’t solve society’s data governance woes.The Australian government has allocated $44.6 million ove r four years in this year’s budget to establish the new Consumer Data Right (CDR). This investment is slated to support the ACCC, OAIC and CSIRO to establish appropriate rules and standards and to ensure the impacts of the CDR are consistent with the Privacy Act.Th...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Senate Estimates Alert: - Today 9.45am - 11am The NHMRC and ADHA
Here is the link to the program etc: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Senate_Estimates/ca 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 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 28th May, 2018.
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 CommentWell this week was all about the reaction to Tim Kelsey ’s evangelical speech at the National Press Club on Wednesday. The Press Club gave him a good hearing but seemed a little sceptical if I read the mood of the reporters correctly. There are links to text and video on the blog if you want to watch / read again.Also lots of act...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Is Tim Kelsey Telling An Untruth Here Or Am I Missing Something?
At the National Press Club last week Mr. Kelsey said the following in his prepared speech:----- Begin Extract.Tim Kelsey:                         My Health Record has a range of protocols which mean that all instances of access by a clinician are attributable directly to that person and recorded in real time. Unauthorized access is subject to a custodial prison sentence of up to two years. Trust is the essence of medicine. Digital services can support confidentiality and not undermine it. My Health Record...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 424 – Results – 27th May, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Is The ADHA Doing Enough (Media, Mail-outs etc.) To Alert The General Public Of The Opt-Out Period For The myHR And Its Implications?Yes 16% (32) No 71% (144) I Have No Idea 13% (28) Total votes: 204 A considerable vote of no confidence I would suggest on a very large number of votes. It seems there is little confidence the ADHA is doing enough. Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, really great turnout of votes! It must have been a really hard question as just 28/204 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 26th May, 2018
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/ehr-market-revenues-approach-30b-in-2017-kalorama-reportsEHR market revenues approach $30B in 2017, Kalorama reports By Joseph Goedert Published May 18 2018, 6:02pm EDTThe electronic health records market reached $29.7 billion in annual revenue 2017 and will rise to $39.7 billion by 2022, according to a new annual report ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Are We Seeing The Bipartisan Support For The myHR Begin To Fracture?
This appeared last week:  ‘This is a Government with a woeful track record on IT security and privacy.’Megan Haggan — 15/05/2018Catherine King, Shadow Minister for HealthCatherine King has challenged the Turnbull Government on whether it can roll out the My Health Record system without getting it wrongIt’s been heral ded as a “game changer” by the PSA’s Shane Jackson and “strategically very valuable” for pharmacy by the Guild’s David Quilty… but the Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare has suggested that the Government may not be able to implement t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

More Warnings That De-Identification May Not Be As Effective As Hoped. Danger Will Robinson, Danger
This appeared last week:Vic privacy commissioner: publishing de-identified citizen records is a ‘risky enterprise’By Stephen Easton  • 15/05/2018Victorian privacy commissioner Rachel Dixon has commissioned critical advice for public servants from three Melbourne academics who have worked hard to raise awareness of the risk that individuals can be re-identified from open data publications.Not so long ago, few public servants questioned the received wisdom that large sets of data about individuals were safe to release as long as enough personal information was removed. That has all changed in ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems Even After Changing The Government SA Health Can ’t Stay Out Of The News.
This appeared a few days ago:SA pathology test results delayed by IT systemBy Justin Hendry on May 17, 2018 10:28AM New staff brought in to clear data backlog. SA Health has blamed the "data entry requirements" of a new state-wide pathology system for delays in getting blood test results to patients.Deputy chief executive Don Frater said that "complex initial data-entry requirements ” for the enterprise pathology laboratory information system (EPLIS) meant extended wait times for results.The department said it had brought in 30 staff to try to clear the backlog.“Since the introduction of EPLIS, w...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Yet Again We See A Cyber-Attack Breach A Health Organisation, Presumably For Profit.
This news appeared early last week.Cyber attack on Family Planning NSW client databaseBy Kate Aubusson14 May 2018 — 11:30amA cyber attack on Family Planning NSW has potentially exposed the personal information of clients, including women who have booked appointments or sought advice about abortion, contraception and other services over the past 2 ½ years.Clients received an email from the organisation alerting them that their website had been hacked over two weeks ago, which may have compromised its online data.“These databases contained information from clients who had contacted Family Planning NSW...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems As Though I Am Not The Only one Confused About The Paperless Script Stuff!
About 10 days I published a confused little blog.Wednesday, May 09, 2018Does Anyone Know What This Is About? It Seems Pretty Obscure To Me. Here is the link:https://aushealthit.blogspot.com.au/2018/05/does-anyone-know-what-this-is-about-it.htmlThen this appeared:Paperless scripts surpriseChris Brooker — 14/05/2018Government needs to spell out the detail around Budget e-script announcement, Guild saysPharmacy stakeholders are as yet unaware of concrete plans to help the sector be ready for the government’s October 2019 deadline for electronic prescribing.Last week’s Federal Budget announced $28.2 million w...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Presentation Alert: Tim Kelsey At The National Press Club - Thursday 24th May, 2018.
I am told a live stream will be available from the ADHA web site and from Sky News at 12:30pm - 1:30pm on Thursday. The ABC will have a repeat (via iView) - but no live broadcast - later on Thursday. E&OE! If You know different please let us all know! 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 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 21st May, 2018.Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 21st May, 2018.
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 CommentThis week will be the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning for the myHR. It ’s now all happening!-----https://ajp.com.au/news/this-is-a-government-with-a-woeful-track-record-on-it-security-and-privacy/‘This is a Government with a woeful track record on IT security and privacy.’Megan Haggan — 15/05/20...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs