It Seems There Are Still A Few Barriers To The Full Adoption Of Electronic Prescribing
This appeared last week: 13 September 2021 Stay of execution for image-based prescribing By Wendy John The Department of Health has extended the deadline for image-based prescribing arrangements to 31 December 2021. Originally 30 September, this revised deadline supports the ongoing need, especially in locked down states, for remote prescribing in the absence of electronic prescribing capability in some major practice management software (PMS) vendors. Dr Charlotte Hespe, a Sydney general practitioner, said the transition to electronic prescriptions was straightforward for GPs.  “Most practice management softwar...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Victorian Government Once Again Expresses A Lack Of Faith In The #myHealthRecord.
I noticed this a few days ago. My Cancer Care Record My Cancer Care Record is a resource that supports people affected by cancer to store and record their medical and health-related information in one place. It provides tips on questions and information to ask health professionals.  It can also assist you to record specific details that you may be frequently asked and find hard to remember. MY CANCER CARE RECORD is not connected with, associated with, or endorsed by the Australian Government, The Australian Digital Health Agency or the MY HEALTH RECORD system.  Should you wish to register for a My Health...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 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 - September 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 - September 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 20 September, 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 a really quiet week – must be that all are just sick of COVID19 and hunkered down working away and keeping quiet! -----https://www.innovationaus.com/accenture-chosen-to-digitise-incoming-passenger-declaration-forms/ Accenture to digitise incoming passenger cards, add vaccine status Denham Sadler National Affairs Ed...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 20, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

COVID19 Has Been A Real Challenge For The Functioning Of Our Commonwealth.
This appeared last week. This saga provides some interesting insight into how technical progress can be stymied by State infighting and shifting requirements. Vaccine passports the latest casualty of our hopeless infighting The great irony is that we have an app that could have done the job nationally – the much-maligned COVIDSafe app. Phillip Coorey Political editor Sep 9, 2021 – 8.00pm Australia must be the only country in the world able to have a blazing row in the middle of a crisis about when and where the Prime Minister can do his job. So angry and divided has the nation become that it spent two days this...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 597 – Results – 19th September, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Is The ADHA Doing Enough To Address The 'Digital Divide' and Inequality Of Access To Digital Health Services In Australia? Yes 10% (7) No 88% (61) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 69 Pretty clear cut outcome – It is clear more focus is needed to address the ‘digital divide’ Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A fair number of votes with a pretty clear outcome!  Only 1 of 69 who answered the poll admitted to not being sure about the answer to the question! Again, many, many thanks to all those who voted!  David.  This is the...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 18 September, 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/5-ehr-optimizations-for-enhanced-clinical-decision-support 5 EHR Optimizations for Enhanced Clinical Decision Support EHR optimizations can support risk calculation, streamlined health IT workflows, and precision medicine for enhanced clinical decision support. By Hannah Nelson September 10, 2021 - As the digital health tr...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 18, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Talk About The Triumph Of Hope Over Experience. This Rather Takes The Cake!
This appeared last week. Will specialists consent to Greg Hunt revealing their fees? The Medical Costs Finder site is being revamped 10th September 2021 By Antony Scholefield On the scale of government-funded white elephants, the Medical Costs Finder website is certainly not the biggest beast in the health policy safari park.  It has not generated the taxpayer bills of My Health Record or disappeared into the National Medical Stockpile like Clive Palmer ’s 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine  — never to be seen again. But it has failed to fulfil its basic promise: to let patients compare fees ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 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.
September 16, 2021 Edition ----- In the US we see the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, while the divisions in the US society seem to be just getting worse. Pleas for unity from both Bush and Biden seem to be largely unheeded so far – lets see if any change can emerge. In the UK COVID19 it still edging up with deaths at about 1000 a week – hardly controlled just yet! In OZ we are seeing keenness to open up with plans that it is hard to believe will work – as per our recent poll. Time will tell as always. And in late breaking news we have the new AUKUS alliance where OZ will st...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Really Hope Someone Is Monitoring The Risks Of Telehealth Carefully.
This appeared last week. Phone consults are risky: My 'Spidey sense' saved a serious misdiagnosis Dr Ro Goel Dr Ro Goel is a GP and cosmetic physician, Cairns, Qld. 6th September 2021 As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the country telehealth consultations have increased too. And with them the inability to practise medicine as we ’ve all been taught from medical school.  Telehealth has severely limited our ability to perform proper history taking, physical examination, bedside testing and the chance to use our &...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Governments Are Really Working Hard To Make Sure We Don ’t Trust Them.
A little while ago I pointed out how corrosive it was to have Governments say one thing and then either mislead or do the opposite to what they said. Here is the link: https://aushealthit.blogspot.com/2021/09/this-is-sort-of-nonsense-that-is-really.html It seems that the way they are protecting contact tracing data is another example of not quite doing as they say. From Australia we have this: ‘Breach of trust’: Police using QR check-in data to solve crimes By Anthony Galloway September 6, 2021 — 5.00am The nation’s privacy watchdog has called for police forces to be banned from accessing informatio...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 15, 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 - September 14, 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 - September 14, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 13 September, 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 ----- Another pretty quiet week with all sorts of odd angles emerging on some topics like telehealth and app reliability. As usual there is at least one Government ‘stuff-up’ to discuss! ----- https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/anz/bug-found-australian-government-app-generating-digital-covid-19-vaccine-certificates Bug...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 13, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 596 – Results – 12th September, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Will Australia Be Able To Successfully Learn To 'Live With' COVID19, With An Acceptable Number Of Hospital Admissions And Deaths, Over The Next Six Or So Months? Yes 36% (27) No 55% (41) I Have No Idea 8% (6) Total votes: 74 Pretty clear cut outcome – There is considerable pessimism about how this will all work out. Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A good number of votes with some uncertainty among respondents!  6 of 74 who answered the poll admitted to not being sure about how things would work out! Again, many, many thanks to all those who vot...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 12, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

More Evidence, Once Again, Of The Impact Of The Digital Divide And Its Impact.
This report explores the state of digital inclusion in Queensland, showing the state falls behind a number of other Australian jurisdictions on aggregate measures of digital inclusion. Publication Details Copyright: McKell Institute 2021 License type: All Rights Reserved Access Rights Type:... 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 - September 12, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 11 September, 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://healthitanalytics.com/news/key-use-cases-for-health-risk-assessments Key Use Cases for Health Risk Assessments Health risk assessments can determine the severity of illness, assist with predictive analytics, and promote chronic disease prevention. By Erin McNemar, MPA September 03, 2021 - Understanding an individual ’s risk of disease is cri...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 11, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Somewhat Interesting Study OF EHR Use and Burnout In Australia. Maybe Worth A Browse.
This study appeared last week: Digital medical record systems causing fatigue and burnout in health staff By Stuart Layt August 31, 2021 — 8.43pm The inability of doctors and nurses to properly use electronic record-keeping systems remains the biggest challenge to how well the systems perform across Australia, new research has found. Over the past few years, all states and territories have moved to some form of electronic medical record system (EMR) to replace old paper records. The first large-scale study into the use of EMRs across the country has found smaller venues, such as GP clinics, are integrating the s...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 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.
September 9, 2021 Edition ----- There really is now just one story globally as the delta variant roils the globe with worsening issues in the US, UK, Europe and Asia as well as OZ. Otherwise in the US they are picking up the pieces after Hurricane Ida which killed more than 60. In the UK Summer is in full swing but COVID is lurking. In OZ we are having a six week break from Parliament with ongoing lockdowns meaning the economy is really starting to pile up some damage with more business failures etc. ----- Major Issues. ----- https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/at-70-most-see-us-alliance-as-foundation-of-our-securit...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 9, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is The Sort Of Nonsense That Is Really Harming Trust In Digital Health And Government Overall.
 This fabulous yarn appeared last week. Secret report slams COVIDSafe as ‘high cost, low benefit’ Denham Sadler National Affairs Editor 30 August 2021 The federal government was warned early this year that its $16 million COVIDSafe contact tracing app was ineffective in “very high-risk settings” and was wasting the time of state health authorities in a rep ort it attempted to keep secret. Health Minister Greg Hunt tabled a report on the effectiveness of COVIDSafe, which uses a smartphone’s bluetooth technology to log close contacts between users and sends this information to a national d...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 8, 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 - September 07, 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 - September 7, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 06 September, 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 fair bit going on with misrepresentation, worsening digital divide, bludgeoning of myHR use and tech shortages. You have nothing to loose but your innocence reading on! ----- https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7377320/people-linked-to-my-health-record-for-vaccine-certificates-despite-opting-out/?src=rss September 2 2021 -...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 6, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Observed Overall Population Digital Literacy Really Means High Digital Health Readiness Is A Fantasy At Present.
This fascinating article appeared a few days ago. How Australia's tech-savvy COVID-19 response is leaving CALD communities behind Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse communities are what makes the country unique, but have they been let down and left behind during the pandemic? By Aimee Chanthadavong | September 2, 2021 -- 22:30 GMT (08:30 AEST) | Topic: E-Commerce Culturally and linguistically diverse communities across greater Sydney are struggling to keep up with COVID-19 digital initiatives.  For parts of greater Sydney that have been labelled as "areas of concern", it's now the 10th week of...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 5, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 595 – Results – 5th September, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. With The ADHA Starting A New 5 Year Strategic Planning Cycle How Would You Rate The Impact And Success Of The Earlier Strategy Which Ran From 2018 To 2022? Just Wonderful And Successful 0% (0) OK - Mostly Successful 0% (0) Very Ordinary 4% (3) Mostly Failed To Deliver 36% (27) Abject Failure 58% (43) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 74 Pretty clear cut outcome – The previous strategy was left pretty unfinished with over ½ saying it failed. Before they start a new effort, how about publishing an honest review and evaluation of the last effort? Any insights on the poll a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 5, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 04 September, 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://healthitanalytics.com/news/understanding-de-identified-data-how-to-use-it-in-healthcare Understanding De-Identified Data, How to Use It in Healthcare How de-identified data can advance medical research and improve patient care. By Erin McNemar, MPA August 27, 2021 - De-identified data has become an important tool in medical research and for ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 4, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Now It Will Be Very Interesting To See Just What This Audit Reveals.
I spotted this last week: OAIC to commence GP Privacy Audits 25 August 2021 The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has announced its plan to audit General Practice clinics ’ compliance with My Health Record privacy obligations. The audits are being described by OAIC as ‘assessments’ and will focus on promoting good privacy practice. Under Rule 42(1) of the My Health Records Rule 2016, any healthcare provider organisation that uses the My Health Record System (in cluding GP clinics) must have a written access policy in place. That policy must ensure staff and contractors’ access...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 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.
September 2, 2021 Edition ----- The news of the week was the attack by ISIS-K on the airport supporting the evacuation from the Taliban in Kabul. Afghanistan seems to have descended into chaos again sadly. Surely the right approach for the next 100 years or so is to just leave them alone other than supressing nascent terrorist groups. In the US we see sadness and frustration with the way the Afghan was has been brought to an end. Hurricane Ida was a really ferocious storm and lives were lost.  As in the UK we are seeing COVID-19 number and cases rising with death rates rather controlled so far. In OZ we have finished ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 2, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is An Idea Whose Time Should Have Well And Truly Come But Somehow Never Has.
This appeared a few days ago. Safety net for doctors gets the tick from investors By Cara Waters August 24, 2021 — 12.00am When Doctor Thomas Kelly was sent on a placement as an intern at the Royal Melbourne Hospital to Horsham in country Victoria it would often be just him and a second year doctor running the entire emergency department overnight. “We saw hundreds of different patients who had lots of d ifferent either near misses or entirely missed diagnoses and other issues that could have been easily avoided if we had better tools,” he said. “One of the main things that I wished for at that ti...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 1, 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 - August 31, 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 - August 31, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 30 August, 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 ----- Well it is either a feast or famine. Heaps to browse this week. An interesting blog from Pulse+IT may amuse some: https://www.pulseitmagazine.com.au/blog The 27 August effort seems to be coming around to a position rather similar to that found here! ----- https://www.healthcareit.com.au/article/adha-begins-process-define-austra...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It's Time To Take Stock Of Just How Well The ADHA Has Done With Its Current Strategy.
The ADHA has been rolling out its Digital Health Strategy since 2018 and has just begun consultation on a new 5 year cycle. National Digital Health Strategy and Framework for Action Australia's National Digital Health Strategy - Safe, Seamless and Secure: evolving health and care to meet the needs of modern Australia Where are we now? Digital information is the bedrock of high quality healthcare. The benefits for patients are significant and compelling: hospital admissions avoided, fewer adverse drug events, reduced duplication of tests, better coordination of care for people with chronic and complex conditions, and better...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 29, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 594 – Results – 29nd August, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Once Covid19 Full Vaccination Rates Reach 70-80% For The Over 16s Should Most Restrictions Be Relaxed Despite High Continuing Case Numbers And Hospitalisations? Yes - We Should Ignore The Daily Case Numbers When Most Vaccinated. 16% (11) Yes - But Not Until Daily Case Numbers Are Less Than 10-20/day Or So. 16% (11) No - Its Too Dangerous Until Daily Cases Are Very Low. 67% (45) Total votes: 67 Pretty clear cut outcome – Most really want to only open up when the pandemic is under control. Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A fair number of votes with a ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 29, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 28 August, 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-apis-streamline-patient-access-to-health-information How APIs Streamline Patient Access to Health Information HL7 FHIR-based application programming interfaces (APIs) can help boost interoperability for streamlined patient access to health information. By Hannah Nelson August 20, 2021 - To comply with federal interoper...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 28, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

From All We Read We Have A Similar Problem With Digital Health Apps Here In OZ.
This appeared last week: The privacy problem with health-related apps is linked to insecure coding In his next column for Digital Health, Davey Winder, explores the privacy issues surrounding health-related apps. Davey Winder 17 August, 2021 A study published in the British Medical Journal has served to confirm an inconvenient truth: mobile health apps may not be as private as you think. I ’m not convinced that’s the biggest issue with mobile health apps, truth be told. 47% of apps analysed didn’t comply with their own privacy policy The cross sectional study, authored by Gioacchino Tangari, Muhammad Ikra...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 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.
August 26, 2021 Edition ----- There are really only 2 stories this week. First we have the COVID still spreading like mad in NSW and Victoria. Second we have the awfully sad collapse of Afghanistan and the Taliban taking over in chaotic circumstances, with all sorts of issues regarding how things have been handled. Fortunately some have escaped on all the evac. flights In the UK the latest data – 21 August – has cases at 32,000 per day, 1000 admissions per day and 70 COVID deaths per day. Hardly re-assuring given the vaccination rates. In OZ ‘freedom rallies’ are pretty sad and violent. Pretty sad...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

An Insider Makes A Forceful Critique Of Government IT Management. Pretty Solid Stuff!
 This appeared last week. Technology lessons of COVIDSafe must be learned Dr Lesley Seebeck Contributor 17 August 2021 OPINION: As the government turns its thinking to a vaccination passport or similar, it would do well to learn some of the lessons from COVIDSafe. COVIDSafe illustrates the need for a good understanding of both policy intent and how the technology works. Aimed at ‘help[ing] assist health officials understand and contain the spread’ of COVID-19, the app is more than a benign study assistant. It uses people’s smartphone Bluetooth functionality as an incomplete proxy for distance betwee...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 25, 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 - August 24, 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 - August 24, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 23 August, 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 ----- Really a very quiet week with very little of note – except some extra Digital Health development funding from the Government. Interesting to see some emerging competition for the NBN from 4 and 5G providers! ----- https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/hopes-telehealth-detox-service-could-be-a-game-cha Hopes telehealth...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 593 – Results – 22nd August, 2021.
 Here are the results of the poll. Should The ADHA Ever Be Conducting Closed / Selective Tenders In Secret Rather Than Being Transparent And Always Conducting Open Public Tenders No - They Should Be Open 97% (74) Yes - They Can Be Secretive If They Want 3% (2) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 76 Pretty clear cut outcome – The ADHA should not be using closed secret tender! Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A great number of votes with a very clear outcome!  It must also have been an easy question as 0/76 (0%) readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 22, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Suspect The ScoMo / Gladys Wish For Freedom And To Open Up From The Pandemic Are Really Over Riding Both His Common Sense And Reality As To What The Population Will Tolerate!
In the last few weeks there has been a febrile excitement about the possibility of reducing restrictions once we hit 70-80% of adults doubly vaccinated in early November – ignoring, as this does, that we need to wait 2-3 weeks after the second dose to be as safe as you can be. Here is a typical report. 9.25AM Case numbers are not the whole story: PM The Prime Minister said it was “highly unlikely” there was any chance of Australia getting back to zero COVID cases. “Case numbers are not the whole story...but right now, of course, we need to make the lockdowns effective, we need to suppress the v...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 22, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 21 August, 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. ----- How HIEs Help Hit Healthcare Compliance, Cost Savings Goals Health information exchanges could be the key to solving interoperability challenges and achieving a nationwide infrastructure of health data exchange. By Hannah Nelson August 13, 2021 - Widespread interoperability for health information exchange (HIE) could revolutionize the medical industry thr...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Does This Mean That E-Prescribing Is Not Seen As Being Very Valuable?
This appeared last week. Further extension of electronic prescription subsidy The Department of Health will support general practices to prescribe via SMS until at least 30 June 2022. Morgan Liotta 10 Aug 2021 The number of electronic prescriptions being used in Australia is increasing by around 500,000 every week, and as of July 2021, more than 12 millionoriginal and repeat prescriptions have been issued.  To date, this growth has been supported by a Federal Government subsidy that has allowed general practices to prescribe via SMS without incurring additional costs.  However, there were concerns about the fu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 20, 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.
August 19, 2021 Edition ----- The biggest news this week is clearly the collapse of the Afghan Government in the face of the Taliban onslaught. The suffering is awful already and is only set to get worse. World powers are just watching on and evacuating their staff and some friends. Also we know this is fraught and we can only hope the US and UK can really deliver! The earthquake in Haiti is also just horrible. In the US we see all eyes watching COVID19 go rampant in the South as Afghanistan collapses! It is pretty depressing..... In the UK the economy is improving as COVID19 is controlled somewhat with 200,000 cases a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

TeleHealth In The Context Of Domestic Violence – Some Important Tips.
This appeared last week. Telehealth: harm or benefit for survivors of intimate partner violence? Authored by Kelsey Hegarty Issue 29 / 9 August 2021 SEXUAL and domestic violence has wide-ranging impacts on health and wellbeing, resulting in high attendance of women survivors in health settings. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on movement restriction and finances appear to be exacerbating sexual and domestic violence incidence, nature and severity (here and here). In July 2020, a national survey of 15 000 Australian women showed 4.6% experienced physical or sexual violence, 5.8% coercive control and 11.6% one form...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

What To Make Of Telstra Health Buying Medical Director For $350 Million.
We first heard about this for sure here: Telstra secures deal to buy GP software group MedicalDirector Anthony Macdonald and Yolanda Redrup Aug 8, 2021 – 2.39pm Telecommunications bigwig Telstra is set to acquire Australian patient management software company MedicalDirector. Sources said Telstra and MedicalDirector’s owner, private equity firm Affinity Equity Partners, signed a deal over the weekend after an auction run by investment bank J efferies. Telstra chief executive Andy Penn has said that Telstra Health is a long-term bet. He’s now helping the business considerably increase its footprint in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 18, 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 - August 17, 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 - August 17, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 16 August, 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 ----- Lots of NBN news this week with the NBN announcing financial results and continuing to make it very difficult for the retailers to deliver an excellent service due to their FTTN etc failures. Otherwise we see the usual ADHA news as well a big private sector news of Medical Director and Medical Director. ----- https://www.innova...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Really is Important That The ADHA Makes Sure It Provides Maximal Support To The Australian Digital Health Industry – Especially In COVID19 Times!
 This appeared last week: Govt hands Microsoft digital health contract Denham Sadler National Affairs Editor 11 August 2021 Microsoft has won a new contract with the Digital Health Agency following a closed tender process thanks to its whole-of-government sourcing agreement. The contract, posted publicly this week and running from 16 June to 24 September, is worth more than $600,000. The job did not go out for open tender, with the agency saying this was due to an “absence of competition for technical reasons”. In response to questions from InnovationAus, a spokesperson for the Australian Digital Health A...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 15, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 592 – Results – 15th August, 2021.
 Here are the results of the poll. Do You Believe The Digital Health Standards Processes In Australia Are Working Adequately Under The ADHA's Guidance And Supervision? Yes 3% (3) No 79% (68) I Have No Idea 17% (15) Total votes: 86 Pretty clear cut outcome – The ADHA is just not delivering a core responsibility! Any insights on the poll are welcome, as a comment, as usual! A great number of votes with a very clear outcome!  It must also have been an easy question as 3/86 (3%) readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those who voted!  David. This is the initial part of ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 15, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 14 August, 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/covid-19-intensifies-clinician-burnout-from-health-it-burden COVID-19 Intensifies Clinician Burnout from Health IT Burden While clinician burnout from health IT use has long been an issue, COVID-19 ushered in higher rates of physician mental health concerns.  By Hannah Nelson August 06, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic ha...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 14, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Think This Is Rather A Self-interested Prespective That Really Lacks Balance And Practicality!
This appeared last week as and given it is a commercial piece I am happy to reproduce it in full. 6 August 2021 Tender words that hurt By Chris De Sair When ADHA released the Digital Health Mobile Channel tender this month, the first thing I looked for, and hoped dearly not to see, was the mandate that any solution must already be used somewhere else. Sadly, it was. This was yet another government tender that my company, and those like us, were not welcome to apply for. This isn ’t a new occurrence. The Alfred Health’s recent Electronic Patient Journey Board tender, released last month, has only two mandatory r...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 13, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs