AusHealthIT Poll Number 569 – Results – 7th March, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Are You Happy With The Progress Of COVID-19 Vaccination In Australia So Far? Yes 65% (51) No 35% (27) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 78 It seems a majority think we are going OK but a significant minority are not so sure! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A good number of votes.  It must also have been a very easy question as only 0/78 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those who voted!  David.  This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David. (Source: Australi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 7, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Quality Of Digital Health Advice Given To The Aged Care Royal Commission Regarding The #myHealthRecord Was Simplistic And Na ïve I Believe.
If it wasn ’t we would not have the evidence free outcome we see! First what did the Commission recommend? Here is the way it was put: Recommendation 68: Universal adoption by the aged care sector of digital technology and My Health Record The Australian Government should require that, by 1 July 2022:  every approved provider of aged care delivering personal care or clinical care: uses a digital care management system (including an electronic medication management system) meeting a standard set by the Australian Digital Health Agency and interoperable with My Health Record invites each person receiving aged...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 7, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 06 March, 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/epic-in-process-of-developing-ai-ehr-documentation-assistant Epic in Process of Developing AI EHR Documentation Assistant Judy Faulkner told Vanderbilt University health IT experts that Epic will launch its own AI EHR documentation assistant within two years. By Christopher Jason February 26, 2021 - In a recent virtual sem...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 6, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like Someone Developed Am Anti-Disinformation Code and No One Came.
This announcement appeared last week. https://www.smh.com.au/technology/timely-tech-sector-code-on-disinformation-20210221-p574fz.html Timely tech sector code on disinformation By Sunita Bose February 22, 2021 — 12.00am In December 2019, when the federal government asked the digital industry to develop a code of practice on disinformation, the world was a very different place. But when the Digital Industry Group (DIGI) began developing the Australian Code of Practice on Misinformation and Disinformation that we’re launching today, it was the start of Australia’s first wave of COVID-19. The unprecedented c...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 5, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is A Release About A New Digital Health Initiative. Looks Quite Interesting!
This release arrived a few days ago and I felt I was worth posting so those who are interested could have a look and possibly comment. ----- For Immediate Release: February 22, 2021 Contact: Dr. Jonathan Wee 0425847460; jonathanhwee@gmail.com Dr. Aaron Wong 0413977653; ajwong@gmail.com  MELBOURNE-BASED DOCTORS LAUNCH NEW ONLINE HEALTH PLATFORM ‘HEALTHSTENCIL’ FOR EFFECTIVE DOCTOR-PATIENT COMMUNICATION The Free App Will Revolutionise The Way Doctors Design Health Plans For Their Patients Melbourne – As the COVID-19 pandemic drove industries such as the health sector to transform the traditional face-t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 4, 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.
March 4, 2021 Edition. ----- In the US we see the House passing a huge stimulus bill while the calm overall continues and Biden launches his first military action. We now need to see how the Senate deals with the stimulus. It may be hesitant on a number of the plans! In the UK calm seems to have also returned but the big issue now is going to be how to pay for all the actions that have been taken. It won ’t be easy, and the recent Budget makes that clear. In Australia we see the Government crippled by all the issues surrounding treatment of women by politicians of both political persuasions. It is really hard to see ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 4, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Has The Feel Of Another Set Of Unintended Consequences To Me. Hopefully They Will Be Short Lived!
This appeared last week. New active ingredient prescribing rules causing medication delays: pharmacists Some doctors are not using the updated versions of their prescribing software says the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia 23rd February 2021 By Heather Saxena Some patients are facing delays receiving medicines because the move to active ingredient prescribing has led to an increase in invalid scripts, pharmacists say. Under the rules that came into effect on 1 February, the active ingredients of a prescribed PBS drug must be printed first on the script. Doctors can still specify brands, but the changes are de...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 3, 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 - March 02, 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 - March 2, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 01 March, 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 ----- There seems to be a bit happening but nothing I would really describe as obvious progress, more sadly, tiny stuttering steps. Anyone who has really good news please share via comment or e-mail! ----- https://www.ausdoc.com.au/news/new-active-ingredient-prescribing-rules-causing-medication-delays-pharmacists New active ing...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 568 – Results – 28th February, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Do You Believe Making The #myHealthRecord Accessible Via The SA Health Hospital EHRs Will Make Any Real Difference To The Quality And Safety Of The Patient Care Delivered? Yes 5% (4) No 93% (80) I Have No Idea 2% (2) Total votes: 86 It seems most are pretty unimpressed with the addition of the myHR to the hospital EHRs in South Australia, and are not convinced it will make much difference. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A good number of votes.  It must also have been an easy question as only 2/86 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many th...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 28, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Wonder What You Think Is Useful Out Of This Report. The Vagueness And Generality Seems To Render It Pretty Useless.
 This appeared last week: New resource: Safety and Quality Benefits of Secure Messaging The need for healthcare providers to connect safely and securely is greater than ever. Secure messaging is an efficient and timely method for sending and receiving clinical information, minimising the burden of paper and manual processes. Increased uptake improves continuity of care for patients, saves time and can help protect vital health information. Following a review conducted by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has released Safety and Quality Benefits ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 28, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 27 February, 2021.
Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment. ----- https://www.digitalhealth.net/2021/02/tributes-paid-national-data-guardian-dame-fiona-caldicott/ Tributes paid to National Data Guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott Tributes have been paid to Dame Fiona Caldicott, the first National Data Guardian (NDG) for Health and Social Care, who has passed away aged 80. Hanna Crouch - 16 February 2021 Dame Fiona, who celebrated ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 27, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Royal Australian College Of Physicians Seems To Have Drunk The Cool-aide On The #myHealthRecord When Paid To Do So!
This appeared last week: Apply for a ADHA/RACP Digital Health Scholarship Date published: Feb 19, 2021, 09:30 AM Summary In partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency, we're offering 10 x $4000 scholarships to RACP members using My Health Record and electronic prescribing in the healthcare environment. Description As a leading professional medical college in Australasia, the RACP provides accredited specialist training to doctors who have completed their medical degree, and assesses overseas trained physicians who wish to practice in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand. We also play a strong advocate role for heal...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 26, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Seems Like A Sensible And Timely Warning!
This appeared last week. Email, SMS vaccine scams on the way: cyber experts Tom Burton Government editor Feb 16, 2021 – 4.34pm Cyber experts and authorities are warning of an inundation of vaccine scams, as Australia prepares to distribute COVID-19 vaccines from February 22. The roll-out of the vaccine in the US and Britain has inspired many vaccine-related scams, with a 300 per cent jump in vaccine-related websi te domains in the lead-up to the first jabs being distributed. More than 5000 new domains were registered, according to the CEO of cyber research firm, Security in Depth, Michael Connory. “We’ve ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 25, 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.
February 25, 2021 Edition. ----- The calm continues with Pres. Biden having done his first month in office and has attended the G7 for the first time saying “America is back”. Texas had a terrible freezing 4-5 days with many deaths and awful suffering. Climate Change was in full flight with weather variability really spiking! In the UK vaccination is going on apace and it really does seem to be working. In OZ we see the PM get his vaccination agains t COVID19 last Sunday and soul searching in Parliament continues on how the respond to the apparent assault on a young female staffer and how to improve the system ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 25, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

We Can See From This Just How Little Interest There Is In Accessing The #myHealthrecord Using An App Despite The Hype!
 This popped up a few days ago. Telstra Health ’s HealthNow app allows full access to patients’ My Health Record 19 February 2021 Telstra Health’s HealthNowmobile app provides a secure platform for Australians to access and view their healthcare records where and when they need it, including access to their vaccination status. The HealthNo w app is one of just two apps with full view access rights to a patient’s My Health Record delivered by the Australian Government. The app enables users to find the health information and assistance they require in real time. As part of the national COVID-19 ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 24, 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 - February 23, 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 - February 23, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 22 February, 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 ----- Has been quite a busy week with the ADHA really keen to sell access to the myHR by SA Health Hospital Staff as a wonderful step forward. Not sure the docs themselves will be convinced! Otherwise lots of commercial stuff happening – and Mars has a new rover! ------ https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/newsroom/media-releases/r...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 22, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 567 – Results – 21st February, 2021.
 Here are the results of the poll. Do You Plan To Accept A COVID19 Vaccine When It Is Available For You? Yes 91% (73) Unsure 5% (4) No 4% (3) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 80 It seems most are happy to accept a vaccination against COVID when their turn comes. It seems the audience voting here is a little more rational than the general community in terms of irrational anti-vax views! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A good number of votes.  It must also have been a very easy question as only 0/80 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those who voted...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Really Think This Is Being Grossly Over-Hyped By The ADHA As A ‘Great Step Forward’. It Isn’t!
This appeared a few days ago. Hospital staff can make more informed decisions as SA electronic medical records system linked to My Health Record Published 17 February 2021 Senior Intensive Care Specialist at Flinders Medical Centre and Chief Medical Information Officer for Digital Health SA Dr Santosh Verghese said the inclusion of My Health Record in South Australia ’s electronic medical record system will improve clinical interactions with patients and ensure care is based on their medical history and directives.  “In an ICU setting the arrival of patients is unpredictable and time critical when dealing ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 21, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 20 February, 2021.
Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment. ----- https://www.digitalhealth.net/2021/02/special-report-shared-care-records-4/ Special Report: Shared Care Records Having a shared care record in place can mean improved access to patient information and reduced risk of errors being made from a clinicians perspective. But how important is it to ensure that such records are being designed with patients in mind? Je...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 20, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Interesting To See How Telehealth Has Evolved To Involve More Than The Docs.
This appeared late last week: 12 February 2021 Tracking the impact of telepharmacy during COVID Clinical Communication COVID-19 Pharmacy Telehealth Posted by Rachel Fieldhouse Telehealth and telepharmacy have seen a surge in use and discussion with the arrival of COVID. For pharmacists across the country, it has been a challenge while also accelerating the move to digitised services such as electronic prescriptions. Since April 2020, pharmacists have been able to perform Home Medicine Reviews (HMR), MedsChecks, Diabetes MedsChecks, and Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMR) via video-conferencing technology or ov...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 19, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Looks Like An Initiative That Could Make A Difference For Many.
This appeared last week: Would-be parents given access to IVF predictor, clinic success rates By Kate Aubusson February 11, 2021 — 6.57pm Would-be parents will soon have access to a world-first website that allows them to compare the success rates of Australian IVF clinics and predict their own chance of having a baby. The ‘Your IVF Success’ website will launch on Monday funded by the federal government in response to g rowing calls for greater transparency in the sector. The website’s predictor tool works like a calculator, allowing users to enter their age, the age of their partner, their infertil...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 18, 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.
February 18, 2021 Edition. ----- In the US the Biden calm rolls on as Trump is acquitted by Senate due some very cowardly Republican Senators. Fortunately it seems his support is gradually dropping so we can hope for better times ahead with only a zillion other issues to address. In the UK I heard my brother had his first vaccine dose a few days ago. The UK economy shrank by almost 10% last year so they need to get something right! In OZ Parliament is back and so we will see all sorts of stuff happen. By the end of next week we may actually see some vaccines being given! Frankly it can ’t happen soon enough!And in la...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 18, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Wonder Just How Much Difference These Sort Of Initiatives Actually Make Sometimes.
This appeared last week: The framework enabling the digital capabilities of nurses and midwives By Jane Allman Friday, 12 February, 2021 2020 — Year of the Nurse and Midwife — was intended to be a global celebration of the critical and central role nurses and midwives play in health care. But a global pandemic saw celebration plans put on ice, as Australia’s largest healthcare workforce instead worked tirelessly in gruelling and unp recedented circumstances to fight for the lives of their patients. Although celebratory plans were shelved, the value of nurses and midwives in our communities was brought in...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 17, 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 - February 16, 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 - February 16, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 15 February, 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 ----- Interesting first article. Seems to have been kept pretty quiet – to say the least! Lots of other stuff – holidays are gone for good! ----- https://inqld.com.au/news/2021/02/12/my-health-record-patchy-and-needs-more-funding-better-direction/ My Health Record ‘patchy’ and needs more funding, better direct...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 15, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 566 – Results – 14th February, 2021.
 Here are the results of the poll. Do You Believe In-Hotel COVID19 Quarantine Should Be Re-Located To Dedicated, Purpose-Designed Facilities Outside Capital Cities? Yes 90% (74) No 10% (8) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 82 It seems respondents are pretty keen to get the quarantine facilities out of the centre of cities and to use purposely designed facilities. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A good number of votes.  It must also have been a very easy question as only 0/82 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those who voted!  David. This is ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 14, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Is A New Review Of The #myHealthRecord Which Says What We All Know – Its Not Much Use!
This appeared a few days ago. My Health Record ‘patchy’ and needs more funding, better direction After years of development, privacy debates and around $2 billion in funding, Australia’s electronic health record is set for further changes Sean Parnell Friday February 12, 2021 Health Record is yet to live up to its potential, a government- initiative review has found. Digital health records had been subject to a slow uptake, with some system clashes and many facilities still using fax machines, until the Federal Government agreed to make the My Health Record (MHR) opt-out instead of opt-in. Since then, the...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 14, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 13 February, 2021.
Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment. ----- https://www.digitalhealth.net/2021/02/report-reveals-digital-health-technology-must-be-accessible-for-all/ Report reveals digital health technology must be accessible for all To be successful digital health technology must be accessible to all while still maintaining the human aspects of healthcare, a new report has said. Hannah Crouch – 3 February, 2021...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 13, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is Probably Some Legislation We Should Keep A Close Eye On As It Progresses ….
 This appeared last week! Senate committee red-flags govt data sharing bill By Justin Hendry on Feb 5, 2021 6:55AM Over privacy concerns. The federal government ’s proposed data sharing laws have stumbled at the first hurdle despite two years of development, with a senate committee raising a series of privacy concerns with the Data Availability and Transparency Bill. The bill, which was introduced to parliament in December, aims to make it easier for the public sector to share data within government and across the private sector for the purposes of delivering government services and support research and developm...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 12, 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.
February 11, 2021 Edition. ----- I have to say somehow the World seems so much calmer with Trump out of the White House! Sadly for the US both economically and virus wise they are still really in a terribly deep hole! In good news he virus does seem to be waning. In the UK vaccination against COVID seems to be off and rolling in earnest. Now to see if it really works! In Australia we had the start of parliament last week and all the usual items were under discussion and unresolved! Really it is sad just how slowly things progress it seems. ----- Major Issues. ----- https://www.afr.com/markets/equity-markets/the-game-is-not...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 11, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Are Big Changes Coming In Medical Software Regulation From The TGA. We Need To Grasp What It Means!
These two articles appeared last week: First: TGA announces major changes to regulation of software-based medical devices Corrs Chambers Westgarth The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has announced major changes to how software-based medical devices will be regulated under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth) (Therapeutic Goods Act). There are three types of software-based medical devices affected by the changes: Devices referred to as ‘programmed or programmable medical devices’.Software that is a medical device.Clinical decision support software (CDSS). The changes will commence on 25 February 2021 a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 11, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems There A Quite A Few Wrinkles Involved In Remote Mental Health Care But It Seems To Be Valuable!
This appeared last week and I found it really interesting and reflective view of how technology and care mix. Psychiatrists learn how to empathise, virtually From mastering multiple technologies to reading body language via video, the pandemic has forced doctors to change how they help their patients. Tanveer Ahmed Contributor Jan 27, 2021 – 12.00am For many of us, the coronavirus pandemic drove parts of our lives into the digital realm: from streaming entertainment, to buying groceries to Zoom meetings. As a psychiatrist, my work also changed. Almost a quarter of my consultations are now conducted digitally, three t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 10, 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 - February 09, 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 - February 9, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 08 February, 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 ----- Things have come back with a bang this week – with the fun surrounding developing a Vaccine Management / Scheduling / Booking system noticing the complexity. Hard to know who this will all play out. Otherwise a lot of fun stuff to browse! ----- https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/federal-government-re...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 8, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Hard Not To Be A Little Frustrated When One Reads This From Across “The Ditch!”
This appeared a few days ago from NZ. HealthOne to increase access for patients and providers Thursday, 4 February 2021   NEWS - eHealthNews.nz editor Rebecca McBeth HealthOne is working to expand access to the shared care record system by providing an API for accredited patient portal providers and making it web-based. HealthOne brings together and electronically stores health information about a person -including such information as GP records, prescribed and dispensed medications and test results - and covers everybody living in the South Island. The records are accessed more than 300,000 times every month ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 7, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 565 – Results – 7th February, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Are You Expecting The Federal Government Will Rollout An Effective Vaccination Register To Properly Support The COVID19 Vaccine Delivery To The Australian Population In Good Time? Yes - Will Roll It Out Well. 20% (16) Maybe - Will Have Some Significant Issues. 61% (49) No - Will Be A Mess Or Worse 18% (14) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 80 It seems only 20% of respondents are confident in the vaccination register roll out being problem free. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A good number of votes.  It must also have been a very easy question as only 1/...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 7, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 06 February, 2021.
 Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment. ----- https://www.digitalhealth.net/2021/01/what-we-still-need-to-use-ai-safely-and-quickly-in-the-healthcare/ What we still need to use AI safely and quickly in healthcare The use of artificial intelligence in healthcare is often touted as a technology which can transform how tasks are carried out across the NHS. Rachel Dunscombe, CEO of the NHS digital acade...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 6, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

They Somehow Seem To Have Kept This Very Quiet! Could Have Some Interesting Impacts.
 This appeared last week. Australia: Cybersecurity laws strengthened in health care and medical sector Hogan Lovells On 10 December 2020, the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020(Bill) was introduced and read into Parliament only a month after its release. The Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (SoCI Act) currently does not impose any positive security obligations on critical infrastructure assets (e.g. electricity, gas, water and maritime ports), including mandatory cyber security reporting. The Bill aims to strengthen the security of infrastructure in a number of key sectors, ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 5, 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.
 February 04, 2021 Edition. ----- The really amazing thing is just how calm and in control the Biden Administration feels compared with what came before! The blizzard of Executive Orders continues and we are certainly seeing the unwinding of much of he policy rubbish pushed by Trump. Watch the various investigations of Trump and the Capitol Invsasion – a lot is going on! In the UK there is a sense that the COVID19 pandemic may just be easing a little but the economic damage is really looking horrific. Parliament has now begun for the year and the same-old same-old seems to be on again. No sign of he a renewed vi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 4, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Do You Think They Will Get It Right This Time? One Has To Wonder!
This appeared last week: NSW running Data61 de-identification tool across COVID data prior to public release The Personal Information Factor tool is claimed by the CSIRO to lower the risk of de-identified data being re-identified. By Chris Duckett | January 27, 2021 -- 23:17 GMT (10:17 AEDT) | Topic: Security The New South Wales government has been using a tool to help de-identify data related to COVID-19 prior to the release of that data to the public, the CSIRO said on Thursday. The tool, dubbed Personal Information Factor (PIF), has been created by Data61, the NSW government, the Australian Computer Society, Cyber Secur...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 4, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems Many Are Feeling The Time Has Come To Call Out And ‘Cancel’ The Likes Of Craig Kelly And Other Peddlers Of Misinformation!
 This appeared last week: Monday, 25 January 2021 13:33 Coalition of health, tech experts want big tech to reveal ‘true’ extent of ‘misinformation ’ on COVID-19 By Peter Dinham A newly formed coalition of health and technology experts is calling on the Australian Parliament to force big tech companies to reveal the true extent of COVID-19 “misinformation”. In a ​letter sent to the Australian Par liament on Monday​, the coalition warns “unchecked misinformation risks Australia's COVID-19 vaccination efforts”, and they have called on politicians to introduce a ​Big T...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 3, 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 - February 02, 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 - February 2, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 01 February, 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 ----- Things seem to have come back with a rush now we are past the holiday month. The big issue which will be interesting to follow is how vaccine administration is managed and how well the systems work. It will be a big challenge! ----- https://www.itwire.com/health/coalition-of-health,-tech-experts-want-big-tech-to-reveal-%E...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 1, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The COVID19 Rollout Is Going To Be A Pretty Large Exercise With Lots Than Go Amiss.
A good summary of what will happen is found in this transcript. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd's interview on 4BC Breakfast on 26 January 2021 Read the transcript of Acting Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd's interview on 4BC Breakfast on 26 January 2021 about coronavirus (COVID-19). Date published: 28 January 2021 Media event date: 26 January 2021 Media type: Transcript Audience: General public NEIL BREEN: I've got the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd, on the line to explain. Good morning to you, Professor. MICHAEL KIDD: Good morning, Neil. NEIL BRE...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 31, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 564 – Results – 31st January, 2021.
Here are the results of the poll. Do You Believe Joining The ADHA Would Be A Good Digital Health Career Move? Yes 7% (4) No 77% (44) I Have No Idea 16% (9) Total votes: 57 A strong majority view that it would not be a smart to join the ADHA at present. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A poor number of votes, even given the time of year.  It must also have been a very hard question as 9/57 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those who voted!  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 - January 31, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 30 January, 2021.
Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment. ----- https://www.digitalhealth.net/2021/01/live-testing-of-digital-covid-19-immunity-passport-launched/ Live testing of digital Covid-19 immunity passport launched The UK is one step closer to a digital Covid-19 immunity passport after live testing of the technology was launched. Andrea Downey – January 18, 2012 Biometric and identity management companies Mvi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 30, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is A Useful Major Review Of Just Where Digital Health Is In Australia. Valuable Stuff I Believe!
This appeared last week: Digital Health in Australia: 2021 Gilbert + Tobin Australia, Global, USA January 22 2021 Market overview and transactional issues Key market players and innovations 1.       Who are the key players active in your local digital health market (eg, healthcare providers, research partners, government and academic institutions and investors) and what are the most prominent areas of innovation? Key players include: the Australian government (funds 42 per cent of all health services, including 78 per cent of research), especially the Department of Health, the Therapeutic G...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 29, 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.
January 28, 2021 Edition. ----- The big news this week is the pace we find the Biden Administration overturning the legacy of Trump while ramping up efforts with the virus, the economic impact and climate change. All good so far. How well it goes from now will be interesting to watch with a zillion executive orders!In the UK it seems the COVID peak has been reached and that we will see slow progress from now. Sure hope so. In OZ we have managed to get through another contested Australia Day commemoration!  We really do need a proper decent resolution for this but I suspect zilch will happen with PM Morrison! ----- Maj...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 28, 2021 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs