The ADHA Is Pushing App Access To The myHealthRecord Even As It Admits It Has Been The Target Of Unknown Cyber Attacks. Is That Wise?
This appeared last week: Security concerns raised as My Health Record provider works with app developers By Emma Koehn May 26, 2020 — 10.00pm Cybersecurity experts have warned that partnerships between Australia's digital health agency and software startups to speed up improvements to the My Health Record system could create privacy risks for users. The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has said it is looking to work wit h more than 20 developers to connect apps to the My Health Record platform. The focus on new technologies comes as the country's digital health care sector is expected to boom after coronavirus...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 3, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - June 2, 2020.
----- 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 are still dated 6 December, 2018! How pathetic is that for transparency? Secrecy unconstrained! 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 tha...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 01 June, 2020.
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 ----- Yet again we find all sorts of angles on security making the headlines – and as you can see – even in the mainstream press. Not discussed here but the robo-debt debacle shows Government can’t be trusted with computers! Otherwise the lockdown drags on and we wait to see if the dreaded ‘second wave’ ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 1, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 529 – Results – 31st May, 2020.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The ADHA Should Be Developing Consumer Facing Clinical Advice Websites Like The One Found At https://covid-19.digitalhealth.gov.au/?Yes - They Have All The Expertise They Need 0% (0) No - They Are Not Clinical Experts 100% (108) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 108 A unanimous vote. The ADHA should not be performing this sort of role! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A good number of votes for some reason. It must also have been a very easy q uestion with 0/108 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those tha...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 31, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

An Addition To The #myHealthRecord Website Warns The System Can Have A Serious / Lethal Downside.
Over the last few years I have been a regular visitor to the myHealthRecord site to browse the press releases and to check what the current advice on various topics related to the system was. You can imagine my curiosity and interest when a relatively new section appeared at the top of the page. Here it is: ----- Learn more about My Health Record and how your privacy is protected. Read our privacy policy. In immediate danger? Call 000 now. For 24/7 support and counselling, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. Call 1800 723 471 if you think your family's safety is at risk due to information in a My Health Record. Find out m...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 31, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 30 May, 2020.
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/2020/05/government-roadmap-tele-medicine-remote-care/Government roadmap hints at more use of tele-medicine and remote careThe government will look for “innovative operating models” for the NHS and other health and care settings as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.Hanna Crouch – May 18, 2020On May 1...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 30, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Interesting Hansard Report On ADHA Testimony To The Joint Committee Of Public Accounts And Audit.
This session happened last week.----- Begin TranscriptJoint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit 19/05/2020 Cyber Resilience (Auditor-General's Reports Nos 1 and 13 (2019-20))Present:CLEVERLEY, Mr Simon, Acting Assistant Secretary, Digital Health Branch, Department of Health HEHIR, Mr Grant, Auditor General, Australian National Audit Office McCABE, Mr Daniel, First Assistant Secretary, Provider Benefits Integrity Division, Department of Health McMAHON, Ms Bettina, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency O'CONNOR, Mr Ronan, National Health Chief Information Officer, Australian Digital Health Age...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 29, 2020 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 28, 2020 Edition.-----In the US we are finding that as the death toll passes 100,000 more and more questions are being asked of the Administration regarding how this disaster happened. Polls are suggesting Trump is losing support but his presumed opponent is so hopeless he may still win the election. It is really looking hopeless for those who seek a return to something closed to normal!In the UK confusion reigns – really the Government is not working very well!In China we see increasing assertiveness and some real threats to the freedoms presently enjoyed by Hong Kongers! The start of a new cold war seems an apt...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Do You Get The Feeling We Have All Been The Victim Of A Massive Con?
This appeared on SundayHow did the Covidsafe app go from being vital to almost irrelevant? The PM told Australians in April the contact tracing app was key to getting back to normal but just one person has been identified using its dataJosh TaylorSun 24 May 2020 06.00 AEST Last modified on Sun 24 May 2020 06.01 AEST It was sold as the key to unlocking restrictions – like sunscreen to protect Australians from Covid-19 – but as the country begins to open up, the role of the Covidsafe app in the recovery seems to have dropped to marginal at best.“This is an important protection for a Covid-safe Australia,&rd...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is A Real Reminder That The Security Threat To Health Systems And Facilities Is All Too Real!
This appeared last week.Recent cyber attacks just the tip of the iceberg for AustraliaToll Group, BlueScope and Service NSW have all fallen victim to cyber criminals in recent days. The government and industry need to sharpen their response.Alastair MacGibbon ContributorMay 18, 2020 – 1.00pmIn a year already marred by natural and biological crises, cyber security failures remain a critical threat.Government agencies and big Australian companies have fallen victim to cyber attacks with unprecedented visibility.Industry and government need to understand why we are more exposed, what we can learn from recent national se...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 27, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Rather Looks Like On-Line Symptom Checkers Are A Health Hazard!
This appeared last week:Online symptom checkers: still a long way to goAuthored by Nicole MacKeeIssue 19 / 18 May 2020 ONLINE and mobile application symptom checkers get the diagnosis right first time in just a third of instances, but the only Australian-based checker included in a recent study,, Healthdirect, did slightly better than the rest.In pre-coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) times (November 2018 – January 2019), Australian researchers put 36 freely available online and mobile application symptom checkers under the spotlight to determine their effectiveness in providing diagnostic and triage advice.The rese...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 27, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - May 26, 2020.
-----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 are still dated 6 December, 2018! How pathetic is that for transparency? Secrecy unconstrained! 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...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 26, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 25 May, 2020.
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 rather more busy week with more security issues emerging and continued adaption to living with COVID-19.It is hard to grasp that we are really only 3 months into all this – it feels like it has been forever!-----https://www.itnews.com.au/news/my-health-record-system-hit-by-hack-attempt-548282My Health Record system hit by ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 25, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Fundamental Change Is Needed At The Media Unit Of The ADHA. They Are Simply A Spinning Waste Of Space And Money.
Over the last few months we have had a series of examples of deceptive claims and information distortion being foisted on an unsuspecting public by the ADHA with their endless press-releases and the celebrity well paid stethoscope-wearing doctor! Often featured among these release has been the absurd pushing of the size of the #myHealthRecord document pile as an index of the success of the record while well over 40% of the populations #myHealthRecords (on their figures) have not a single tiny skerrick of information of any sort of them. T his of course is really just as silly as pushing that the system contains 4 millio...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 24, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 528 – Results – 24th May, 2020.
Here are the results of the poll.Do Your Believe Australia Will Avoid A Major 'Second Wave' Of COVID-19 Infections And Be Able To Return Largely To Normal Over The Next 6-12 Months?Yes 61% (66) No 37% (40) I Have No Idea 3% (3) Total votes: 109 A split vote with there being a good number more optimists than pessimists. We can only hope they are right! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A good number of votes for some reason. It must also have been an easy qu estion with 3/109 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initia...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 24, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 23 May, 2020.
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/2020/05/nhs-significant-digital-transformation-challenges/NHS organisations facing “significant” digital transformation challengesA report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has concluded that local NHS organisations are facing “significant challenges” when it comes to working towards digital transformation.Ha...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Another ADHA Press Release Continues The Track Record Of Spin And Partial Truth-Telling.
This appeared last week.Media release - Printouts and faxes for pathology results almost history15 May 2020: Test results from more than 95 per cent of Australian public pathology laboratories are now available online providing secure and convenient access for patients and clinicians.All public pathology laboratories in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia are now connected to the My Health Record system and work is progressing to complete connections in the ACT and Victoria.CEO of peak organisation Public Pathology Australia, Jenny Sikorski, said public patho...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 22, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

What Should We Make Of A Press Release Which Makes These Claims?
This joint release appeared last week – sponsored by the Digital Health CRC.Joint media release – Digital health platform aids clinicians in COVID-19 treatmentA $4 million digital health project involving health services, clinicians and researchers will enable front line medical workers treating COVID-19 patients to use real-time da ta and analysis to improve health outcomes.The Digital Health CRC‘s Clinical Data and Analytics Platform (CDAP) will help decision-making by clinicians by providing nationally available real-time analytics on the progression of COVID-19 to severe disease.Digital Health CRC CEO...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 21, 2020 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 21, 2020 Edition.-----Another week goes by and President Trump keep firing people and sinking more into the mire on how he handled the COVID-19 crisis. One really wonders how he can expect to be re-elected with 35 million workers having lost their jobs in 6 weeks.In the UK we are seeing nervous re-opening steps which really feel as though they will go wrong badly at some point. We await developments …In OZ we are trying to slowly get back to normal. It feels like a day to day thing with considerable uncertainty! Just how we are going to manage a return to normal from a situation where over ½ our workers a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Electronic Prescriptions Have Finally Come Would You Believe! It Would Be Fair To Say It Has Been A Pretty Slow Start So Far And May Remain So!
This appeared last week:Last week a GP wrote Australia's first ever e-script: Here's what doctors can expect It's been decades in the making but the health system's long-awaited e-prescribing adventure has begun13th May 2020By Heather SaxenaMeet Dr David Corbet, who has just earned a very unique place in Australian health care history.Last Tuesday, the GP from Anglesea, on Victoria ’s Surf Coast, wrote the first ever legal electronic prescription which was successfully dispensed by a pharmacy.OK, no moon-landing but in terms of the struggle involved in bringing 21st Century technology to bare on an act...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 20, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - May 19, 2020.
-----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 are still dated 6 December, 2018! How pathetic is that for transparency? Secrecy unconstrained! 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...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 19, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 18 May, 2020.
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-----As some restrictions slowly lift there is maybe some more digital health news, but only a slight improvement and much too much still about the virus.Security is again a feature with attacks happening all over it seems!-----Digital health platform aids clinicians in COVID-19 treatment11 May, 2020A $4 million digital health project ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 18, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 527 – Results – 17th May, 2020.
Here are the results of the poll.Are The Digital Health Deployments In Response To The COVID-19 Health Emergency Going To Lead To A Permanent Increase In Adoption And Use Of These Services (Telehealth, Remote Monitoring etc.) Into The Future?Yes 76% (67) No 23% (20) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 88 It seems that a large majority feel COVID-19 will cause permanent changes in the way things are done using Digital Health. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A very low number of votes for some reason. It must also hav e been a very easy question with 1/88 readers were not sure how to respond....
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 17, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Is More To Providing Care Via Telehealth Than Might First Seem. It Is Vital That Standards Are Maintained!
This appeared last week:11 May 2020Doctor –patient communication and relationship in telehealthAuthored by Sabe Sabeson Danny TuckerIssue 18 / 11 May 2020 TELEHEALTH involves the provision of health care using technology such as videoconferencing and telephones. It has traditionally been used by clinicians to improve access to care for re gional and rural communities and vulnerable populations. As part of measures to control the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), telehealth has rapidly gained acceptance as a routine model for providing care at home, even for metropolitan patients. Professionals adopting t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 17, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 16 May, 2020.
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/in-wyoming-covid-19-propels-telehealth-from-a-luxury-to-a-necessityIn Wyoming, COVID-19 Propels Telehealth From a Luxury to a NecessityThe nation's least populous state is seeing a surge in telehealth use - thanks in part to Lisa Finkelstein, who says connected health now has to shift its focus to remote monitoring and wellnes...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 16, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Amazing Just What Google and Apple Can Infer About Our Activities From Our Phones!
This appeared last week:Google travel data show lockdown fatigue in Australia, USBy Paresh Dave on May 4, 2020 6:32AM Return to parks and jobs as infection rates flatten.More people stayed home in Brazil, Japan and Singapore in April as those countries' novel coronavirus cases surged, while people in the United States and Australia returned to parks and jobs as infection rates flattened, data from Google show. The latest weekly update of aggregated travel patterns Google collected from its users' phones pointed to increased disobedience with lockdown orders in place since March but rising compliance with those issued last...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Seems Like Quite A Fun Innovation In The Days Of Isolation!
This appeared last week:The robot doctor helping treat hospital patients during a pandemicBy Stuart LaytMay 7, 2020 — 3.07pmTemi, the newest addition to the medical staff at Brisbane’s Greenslopes hospital, never gets tired, never gets sick and is always there for patients.Because Temi is a robot.More specifically, Temi is a telepresence robot, a semi-autonomous platform doctors can use during situations such as pandemics to remain socially distant from patients while still giving one-on-one treatment.The hospital’s Emergency Centre director, Dr Mark Baldwin, said patients had been reacting well to the ne...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 14, 2020 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 14, 2020 Edition.-----It is hard to know what to say about the way Trump is handling the COVID-19 emergency. Inept, deluded and denialist would be a start but would hardly cover it. I think we are getting close to a situation where the mishandling is beginning to become a threat to the stability of the American State. Remembering his age the incidence if viral infection within the White House (as close already as Ivanka Trump) is actually an existential threat to a mad President!In the UK the borders are finally closing as the corpses pile up – especially from nursing homes – and control of the virus still ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The #myHealthRecord Is Not Really All That Useful Or Reliable In A Major Emergency For Obvious Reasons!
This appeared last week.Key lessons from bushfire failuresPaul Fletcher May 4, 2020 When devastating bushfires hit Australia over summer, our fixed line and mobile phone networks came under great pressure. At the peak in early January, some 150 mobile base stations across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia were off the air – and over 20,000 NBN services were down. The failures were very visible. When busy holiday towns on the NSW south coast and eastern Victoria lost mobile service, it made a bad situation worse. Locals and tourists lost contact with friends and family. When EFTPOS terminals (many of wh...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 13, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - May 12, 2020.
-----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 are still dated 6 December, 2018! How pathetic is that for transparency? Secrecy unconstrained! 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...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 12, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 11 May, 2020.
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-----Guess what? Its mostly COVID-19 and the app again – with apparently some light as the end of the tunnel over the next 2 months.Other interesting tit-bits as well – also a bit of a security theme!Enjoy-----https://www.afr.com/technology/ministers-play-team-australia-card-as-problems-undermine-covidsafe-app-20200503-p54p...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 526 – Results – 10th May, 2020.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The Government's COVIDSafe App Will Actually Work To Deliver Rapid Contact Tracing For COVID-19 Virus Infection?Yes 24% (30) No 56% (71) I Have No Idea 20% (25) Total votes: 126 It seems that a majority feel the app won’t actually work, while a fair few were unsure what we think. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A great number of votes. It must also have been a very hard question with 2 5/126 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read mor...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Very Useful Analysis On Where We Are With The COVIDSafe App, Functionality And Protection Of Privacy.
This appeared a few days ago.https://www.ausdoc.com.au/opinion/there-are-some-mistruths-about-covidsafe-app-need-clearingThere are some mistruths about the COVIDSafe app that need clearing up Dr Katharine Kemp (PhD) Dr Kemp (PhD) is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, UNSW, Sydney. 7th May 2020The Australian Federal Government will need to correct earlier misstatements and improve privacy protections to gain the trust of the millions of Australians being called on to download the COVIDSafe contact tracing app.The draft Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Bill 2020, or the COVIDSafe bill, released on ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 9 May, 2020.
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/predictive-analytics-models-help-plan-for-covid-19-demandsPredictive Analytics Models Help Plan for COVID-19 DemandsCleveland Clinic has developed predictive analytics models to forecast future demands on the health system during the COVID-19 pandemic.By Jessica KentApril 29, 2020 - To inform decision-making during the COVI...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Really Is Great Joy When A Digital Health Initiative Really Can Make A Difference!
This popped up last week:Coronavirus is making our health sector and hospitals adapt to a virtual futureBy the Specialist Reporting Team's Penny Timms and Dea Clark2 May, 2020When acclaimed singer-songwriter Jaguar Jonze imagined launching her first EP, the back of an ambulance wasn't quite what she had in mind. Instead of playing to fans across the United States in a planned tour, the 28-year-old was back in Sydney strapped to a gurney in the back of an ambulance. She'd been struck down with COVID-19."I ended up releasing [the EP] in the ambulance," she said. "Paramedics pumped it through the car ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 8, 2020 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 7, 2020 Edition.-----Again we find the pandemic is leading most of the news – with maybe some hope in a few places while others are still struggling. The US is now seemingly descending into chaos with many protestors wanting their lives back while huge numbers – 1500+ - are still dying nationally! What nitwits some people are!In the UK the PM is claiming – after 28,00 0 deaths – that the corner has been turned. I reckon it needs another week or two to be sure!It is going to big a week in Australia as the National Cabinet will decide if we can begin to ease off on some restrictions – before...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Is Progressively Removing Itself From Relevance To The Real World And Is Communing With The Pixies!
This appeared last week:Future proofing Australia ’s healthcare: Government launches a nation-wide Innovation Challenge1 May, 2020: The Australian Digital Health Agency has today launched an Innovation Challenge to support the national COVID-19 effort and future proof Australia’s healthcare system.It is seeking submissions from Australian digit al health, engineering and biomedical industries to champion digital health innovation and help Australia get the most from its national digital health infrastructure.Australia has a track record of innovation and scientific achievement in healthcare. A priority in Austr...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Suspect There Is A Lot More To This Than Meets The Eye!
This press release from the Pharmacy Guild appeared a few days ago:Rushed introduction of electronic prescriptions will cause unnecessary chaos30 April, 2020The planned fast-tracking of electronic prescriptions will cause unnecessary chaos and be a backward step for patient care at exactly the wrong time, according to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.The imminent fast-tracking of the electronic prescriptions (FTEP) is part of the Government ’s COVID-19 National Health Plan.On behalf of the community pharmacists working in thousands of pharmacies across Australia, the Pharmacy Guild cannot support the introduction of a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 6, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - May 5, 2020.
-----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 are still dated 6 December, 2018! How pathetic is that for transparency? Secrecy unconstrained! 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...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 5, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 04 May, 2020.
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-----Sorry it is mostly about the app – but it seems all our futures rest on it and worryingly it may not actually work!A few other bits of commercial and NBN news!-----https://www.itnews.com.au/news/australia-launches-covidsafe-contact-tracing-app-547221Australia launches COVIDSafe contact tracing appBy Justin Hendry on Apr 26, ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 4, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Wonder Will The Track Record Of The Commonwealth And Digital Health Follow The Usual Hopeless Failed Path?
From the Commonwealth Health Department that gave us all the #myHealthRecord we now have the COVIDSafe app!It was released a little over a week ago as reported here:Australia launches COVIDSafe contact tracing appBy Justin Hendry on Apr 26, 2020 4:27PM But still no source code.The federal government has launched its much-anticipated contract tracing app to help state and territory health professionals identify individuals who have come into contact with coronavirus.Health minister Greg Hunt revealed the voluntary Android and iOS app, dubbed COVIDSafe, and its privacy impact assessment on Sunday afternoon.It comes afte...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 3, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 525 – Results – 3rd May, 2020.
Here are the results of the poll.Has The ADHA Made Any Real Progress With Secure Clinical Messaging Since It Was Established In 2016?Yes 1% (1) No 85% (112) I Have No Idea 14% (19) Total votes: 132 It seems a very large majority feel that the ADHA hasn’t actually made any progress in the last few years with Secure Messaging with many simply not knowing! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A great number of vote s. It must also have been a very, very hard question with 19/132 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the in...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 3, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 2 May, 2020.
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/2020/04/absence-of-evidence-for-covid-19-contact-tracing-apps-review-finds/ ‘Absence of evidence’ for Covid-19 contact-tracing apps, review findsAn “absence of evidence” to support the immediate deployment of a Covid-19 contact-tracing app risks “undermining public trust”, a research institute has ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

On The Face Of It This Report Is Pretty Troubling From All Sorts Of Angles.
This appeared last week.21 April 2020How these agencies are breaching patient privacyAHPRA Patients Policy Posted by Felicity Nelson Privacy experts have criticised Services Australia and AHPRA for sharing thousands of private health records every year without informing patients, a practice that appears to contradict the government ’s own guidelines.Large volumes of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data are routinely shared between the two agencies to aid AHPRA’s investigations into alleged doctor misconduct.While doctors are informed when their own private health data, ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 1, 2020 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.
April 30, 2020 Edition.-----Trump has become unhinged this week with suggestions that one injects anti-septics to treat the COVID-19 and noticing that the death toll in the US has exceeded 60,000. He has also been forced to accept some of his other suggestions for treatment don ’t seem to work!In the UK we are seeing Boris getting back to work and having a huge number of hard decisions to make! He has also had a little baby boy!In OZ we are seeing great containment of the virus with the population starting to become restless. Will be interesting to see how this plays out ! The need to relax restrictions is being push...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 30, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Wonder How Much The ADHA Paid For This Little Puff Piece? It Can ’t Have Been Cheap For This Much Positive Spin. Read And Be Amazed At The Self-Congratulatory Fluff!
This appeared last week:The use of technology in health care is now more important than ever By Jane Allman Tuesday, 21 April, 2020 Australia needs a well-designed digital health system in order to transform health care. Benefits should include better patient experience, quality care and improved health outcomes. The rollout of National Digital Health Strategy initiatives — with the Australian Digital Health Agency at the helm — is realising Australia’s digital health future and COVID-19 is ensuring that it is fast-tracked.The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) — established in 2016 to l...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 30, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Would Say Queensland Health Is Taking A Pretty Risky Path With This Decision.
This appeared a few days ago.Queensland Health scraps $68 million IT projectBy Lydia LynchApril 24, 2020 — 1.17pmQueensland's Health Minister has defended his department's decision to quietly scrap a multimillion-dollar IT project.The decision to dump the $68.5 million plan to replace the state's ageing laboratory information system was announced at the tail-end of a government press release earlier this month.Queensland Health Director General Dr John Wakefield said the reason to "discontinue" the 10-year project was to "to ensure pathology services are not disrupted during the outbreak".But Heal...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 29, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - April 28, 2020.
-----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 are still dated 6 December, 2018! How pathetic is that for transparency? Secrecy unconstrained! 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...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 27 April, 2020.
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 suffering from COVID-19 overload. One hopes it will not be too long before we can escape its grip – although I worry it may take longer than any of us will like!Just enjoy the read and try not to worry too much about the mess we are in!-----https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/coronavirus-australia-li...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 27, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Seems To Be Making Very Heavy Weather Of Secure Messaging And It Is Not Clear Why.
A few months ago this release appeared. At the time I missed some key details.Media release - Secure messaging standards to be mandatory20 January 2020: State, Territory and Commonwealth Governments have released a joint statement in support of new standards for secure messaging, stating that the standards will be mandatory in future procurement for applicable systems.The joint statement was shared with industry at a workshop in December 2019 which was attended by over 50 representatives from clinical and secure messaging software suppliers, governments and clinical representatives. The Australian Digital Health Agency has...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 26, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs