Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 9th September, 2019.
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-----The most impressive thing to me this week has been the waffle emitting from the ADHA on how the MyHealthRecord is in need of being fixed but with no concrete plans or suggestions being laid on the table. The thing is almost a decade old so surely we need to be told, in fact and with stats, just how useful it is being and what is p...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 9, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Here We See Just More Vague Flim-Flam From The ADHA On The Future Of The #MyHealthRecord.
This appeared last week.Changes likely for GP-generated summaries in My Health Record Shared health summaries are set for a shake-up after the head of the Australian Digital Health Agency flagged the need for a broad modernisation of the technology underpinning My Health Record. Doug Hendrie 02 Sep 2019Speaking at the RACGP ’s eHealth forum last week, Tim Kelsey said there is an opportunity to ‘modernise My Health Record’s infrastructure’.Mr Kelsey was speaking in response to a question from prominent RACGP digital health advocate Dr Nathan Pinskier, who had asked whether it was now time to reassess...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 491 – Results – 8th September, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The #MyHealthRecord Is A System Solution That Facilitates Improved GP Workflow And Improved GP Efficiency And Care Quality? Yes 4% (4) No 96% (106) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 110 Well that was pretty clear. The ADHA's #myhealthrecord is simply not a system that supports GPs in delivering quality care according to most who read this blog! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A very reasonable turn out of votes. It must have been a very,very easy question as only 0/110 readers were not sure what to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 7 September, 2019.
v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ... 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 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Don ’t You Love How Visiting Overseas Experts With Commercial Motives Spruik Our Pathetic My Health Record.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; ... 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 6, 2019 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 5, 2019 Edition.-----In the US we see Trump going on as usual with all sorts of changes of mind and inconsistency. The trade war is worsening and a global recession looms. Trump knows he must prevent a recession or loose the 2020 election – so we know he will be trying I believe. Trade talks are back on so markets are up again!Boris is playing dangerous games with Parliament and the outcome is still unclear.With multiple losses in Parliament its not looking at all settled at present.In OZ we have a draft religious freedom law and b oth sides do not like it – so it is probably about right. Otherwise we...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Do You Reckon The Health Department Will Do Better With Data Collection Third Time Round?
This turned up last week:Report the ‘first step’ towards nationwide primary care data asset The massive data collection program should improve patient outcomes while potentially raising the profile and political leverage of general practice. Matt Woodley 30 Aug 2019According to the consultation report released by the Australia n Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) this week, raising patient awareness and acceptance of the National Primary Health Care Data Asset (Data Asset) will be a specific focus in the second half of 2019. University of Melbourne academic and member of the RACGP Expert Committee &ndash...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The OAIC Lays Out Just How Bad Security Is In Australian IT. Attacks Coming From Both Malicious And Stupid!
The release of this report made a lot of news last week:We had this:Millions affected by data breachesDavid Swan ·         12:47PM August 28, 2019Data breaches are again on the rise, with millions of Australians believed to have been caught up in security breaches in the first half of this year. A report from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), released late Tuesday night, revealed that millions of Australians are believed to have been affected by data breaches in the three months to 30 June.High profile data breaches in the last few months include Ca...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 4, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

An Interesting Week With Two Academic Papers Appearing on The Privacy / Confidentiality / Utility Aspects Of The My Health Record.
Here is the first:The My Health Record System: Potential to Undermine the Paradigm of Patient Confidentiality?AuthorsGabrielle Wolf and Danuta MendelsonAustralia ’s national electronic health records system – known as the ‘My Health Record (‘MHR’) system’ – may threaten to undermine the traditional paradigm of patient confidentiality within the therapeutic relationship. Historically, patients have felt comfortable imparting sensitive informatio n to their health practitioners on the understanding that such disclosures are necessary and will be relied on principally for the purpose ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 4, 2019 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 - September 3, 2019.
-----This weekly blog is to explore the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy 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 dated 6 December, 2018! Secrecy unconstrained! This is really the behavior of a federal public agency gone rogue!-----https://croakey.org/health-sector-urged-to-engage-with-calls-for-regulatory-crackdown-on-powerful-digital-platforms/Health sector urged to engage with calls for regulatory crackdown on powerful digital platformsEditor: Melissa Sweet Author: Melissa Sweet on:...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 2nd September, 2019.
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 fairly quiet week featuring the ADHA failing to communicate and their CEO saying the My Health Record was a workflow improvement. Altogether really insightful stuff!-----https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/racgp/digital-must-seamlessly-mesh-with-gp-workflows-racDigital must seamlessly mesh with GP workflows: RACGP eHealth forum Dig...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 490 – Results – 1st September, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Overall Do You Believe The ADHA Provides A Reasonable Perspective On The Benefits And What Can Be Achieved With My Health Record Or Is There Too Much Hype?Too Much Hype 97% (87) A Reasonable Perspective 2% (2) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 90 Well that was pretty clear. The ADHA is very much seen as a victim of its own hype! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A reasonable turn out of votes. It must have been a very easy question as only 1/90 readers were not sure what to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the in...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 1, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Are Smoking Something Pretty Potent If They Believe The MyHR Enhances GP Workflow!
This report of a RACGP Digital Health Session appeared a day or so ago.Digital must seamlessly mesh with GP workflows: RACGP eHealth forum Digital health has to work according to the way GPs practice if is to help – and not hinder. Dr Rob Hosking said he wants to see health informatics become a special interest for increasing numbers of GPs. Doug Hendrie 29 Aug 2019That was one of the overarching themes of the RACGP’s fifth annual eHealth forum, held in Melbourne on Thursday 29 August. ‘It should b e naturally easy to use data in a well-designed data system to answer questions about our patients and ou...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 1, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Board Goes Over 2/3 Of A Year Without Posting Board Notes And Information!
Here is what is found on their web-site today - 31/08/2019. ----- Australian Digital Health Agency BoardA new Australian Digital Health Agency Board was announced on 3 April 2019. This page was updated on 24 April 2019 at the commencement of the new Board’s term. Download the latest Board Meeting 6 December 2018 - Board Papers ----- Here is the link: https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/about-the-agency/australian-digital-health-agency-board I wonder what they have to hide? If the myHR was such a raving success I am sure we would be hearing about it, and not deafening silence! David. This is the initial part of ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 31, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 31st August, 2019.
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/2019/08/digital-tools-prevent-sepsis-deaths/Digital tools prevent hundreds of sepsis deaths across three hospitalsThree hospitals have reduced sepsis deaths and increased screening for the deadly condition using digital “alert and action” solutions.Andrea Downey 20 August, 2019Cambridge University Hospitals, Royal Berkshi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 31, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like The Threat To Health Information Is Rising By The Year. Be Careful Out There!
This appeared last week:Thursday, 22 August 2019 00:02 Warning: Cybercriminals pose threat to Australian, world ’s healthcare systems By Peter Dinham Australian and the world ’s healthcare systems face a range of security threats due to malicious activity as cybercriminals attempt to access sensitive information stored in the systems.The warnings on the vulnerability of healthcare systems to criminal activity come from global security firm FireEye in a report just rele ased.According to FireEye the healthcare vertical in Australia, and worldwide, faces a range of threat actors and malicious activity as, in...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 30, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Rather Has The Look Of A Bit Of A Triumph Of Hope Over Experience.
This appeared last week:ACT begins search for $70m digital health records platformBy Justin Hendry on Aug 23, 2019 1:53PM Gets ready to junk legacy systems.ACT Health is waiting on the arrival of the territory ’s new digital health records platform to begin decommissioning as many of its existing clinical systems as possible.The agency responsible for the health needs of a 400,000-strong population made the declaration in a market approach this week for a provider to deliver the solution.The solution, which was funded to the tune of $70 million in this year ’s budget, will introduce a single health record ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 29, 2019 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 29, 2019 Edition.-----President Trump has gone off the reservation in the trade war last weekend with his latest tariff impositions on China and seemingly is heading towards a forced collapse of the global trading system which will be bad for all of us, but especially for medium trading powers such as Australia. He really needs to be stopped – but I am not sure how. Nothing he is doing at this point seems to be good for Australia.Brexit rumbles on and it is hard to know where it ends at this point. Boris J. is closing down parliament for weeks on end and there is widespread fury at his actionScoMo has now done...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Am Offering A Prize For The First Comment That Explains What This Actually Means.
Health Privacy IssuesAdditional treatment information relating to veterans to be included in My Health Record.On 1 July 2019, a regulatory amendment issued under the My Health Records Act 2012 prescribed that information relating to the provision of healthcare to veterans may in certain circumstances be included in a My Health Record: My Health Records Amendment (Veterans' Affairs Treatment Benefits) Regulations 2019.  The Treatment Benefits (Special Access) Act 2019 provides for medical treatment, through a Department of Veterans' Affairs treatment card (gold card), of members of Australian Civilian Surgical and Medi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Digital Inclusion Is Getting More And More Air Time It Seems But It Is Not Yet Clear How The Problem Is To Be Solved.
This appeared last week:APO Digital Inclusion Collection brief: August 201922 Aug 2019Chris K. WilsonAPOCentre for Social Impact SwinburneDOI http://doi.org/10.25916/5d5b4a45be0d0DescriptionThis snapshot is inspired by the initiation of the Digital Health Literacy program being piloted for the Australian Digital Health Agency between July and December 2019. This program will deliver training to support people to improve their digital health literacy, including how to find quality, reliable information, as well as understanding how to use and manage their My Health Record.This snapshot examines the treatment of digital incl...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 28, 2019 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 - August 27, 2019.
-----This weekly blog is to explore the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy 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 dated 6 December, 2018! Secrecy unconstrained! This is really the behavior of a federal public agency gone rogue!-----https://gardn.org.au/news/my-health-record-presentation/My Health Record Presentation20, Aug 2019 ADHA PropagandaGenetic and Rare Disease Network and WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) collaborated in June to bring you an information session to learn about t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 27, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 26th August, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----All in all a seemingly quiet week with the odd bit of excitement with some tech improvements.-----https://www.itnews.com.au/news/act-begins-search-for-70m-digital-health-records-platform-530085ACT begins search for $70m digital health records platformBy Justin Hendry on Aug 23, 2019 1:53PM Gets ready to junk legacy systems.ACT Hea...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 489 – Results – 25th August, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Is The ADHA Sufficiently Responsive To The Actual Needs Of, And Actually Listening To, The Australian Digital Health Community Or Is It Off On A Frolic Of Its Own Unrelated To What Is Needed?It Is Largely Responsive And Listening To The Actual Needs 0% (0) It Is Off On A Largely Irrelevant Frolic 93% (97) It Is A Bit Of Both 7% (7) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 104 Well that was pretty clear. The ADHA is seen as being just running its own agenda unrelated to the rest of us and the real world! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A great turn out of votes. ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is The Funniest Piece Of Excitable Digital Health Hype I Have Seen In A While.
This appeared last week:Employability of Digital Health Platforms across Australia August 19, 2019 Rohit Bhisey Digital Health PlatformsAfter the US, Australia is now making concerted efforts to improve healthcare through digital technologies. The use of digital platforms to improve healthcare is a tested concept. Several cases studies about the successful implementation of healthcare IT in the US are available across verified sources. As Australia plans to improve its digital health infrastructure, knowledge of health informatic is extremely important. A registered nurse in Australia makes valued revelations about th...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Seems To Be A System Of Sharing Personal Health Information That Is Rather Out Of Control.
I noticed this last week:How does Inca collect and share health information? Updated 1 month agoPrecedence Health Care ’s Integrated Care Platform (Inca) is a cloud- based network of digital health and wellness services, including MediTracker mobile application services.It is important that all users of Inca services understand how the network collects and shares health information (“personal information”) and are aware of their responsibilities for gaining informed consent from patients.To the extent applicable (if at all), the Health Privacy Principles (or equivalent), which operate in some jurisdiction...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 24th August, 2019.
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/2019/07/advisory-series-population-health-management-2/Population Health Management – Advisory Series, July 2019By Jennifer Trueland – Digital HealthPopulation health management is seen as a tool which could help the cash-strapped NHS. Jennifer Trueland reports that while uptake remains elusive, there are still green shoo...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Seem To Think There Is A Key Aspect Of The NSW E-Health Journey Missing.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; ... 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 - August 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Another Go At De-Identifying A Large Data Set Ends In Tears! Be Warned!
This popped up last week:Botched myki data release breached privacy lawsBy Justin Hendry on Aug 15, 2019 12:18PM Semi-redacted data from 15 million cards published online.Victoria ’s public transport authority has been found to have breached privacy laws after releasing a dataset containing 15 million partially redacted public transport passenger details online.The Office of the Victorian Information Commission (OVIC) today released its investigation [pdf] into the release of the dataset pertaining to Melbourne’s contactless smartcard ticketing system Myki.The investigation found the release had breached the st...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 22, 2019 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.
Normal 0 false false false EN-AU X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; ... 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 - August 22, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Why Is There Such Total Conviction, From Many, That More And More Digital Health Is Good For You?
This appeared last week:An interview with Angela Ryan, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency.Creating better health for all Australians through digital health By Dean KohAugust 15, 2019 08:27 PMWith more than a decade of experience as a registered nurse, Angela Ryan combines her clinical experience with her knowledge in health informatics towards the practical, meaningful and integrated use of digital health tools in Australia. In this interview with Healthcare IT News, she shares more on her role as the Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO), at the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA)...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 21, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Poor Old Queensland Health - They Got Two Bad Mentions In A Little Over A Week!
Late last week we have this:Qld Health's new SAP ERP wobbles in week oneBy Justin Hendry on Aug 9, 2019 5:08PM Minister cites error code 'PEBCAK' - Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard.Queensland Health has suffered teething problems with its brand new $135 million SAP ERP system, just days after the long-overdue replacement system went live.The Courier Mail reported on Friday that the system crashed shortly after being launched last Thursday, forcing hospital staff to resort to manually order supplies on credit cards and hoard stocks.The new system is the result of the department ’s second attempt to replace it...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 21, 2019 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 - August 20, 2019.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; ... 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 - August 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 19th August, 2019.
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 fun mix of good news and bad news with things going along well, and not so well !-----https://www.theage.com.au/national/queensland/computer-blunder-forces-queensland-hospitals-back-to-paper-records-20190815-p52hg3.htmlComputer blunder forces Queensland hospitals back to paper recordsBy Toby CrockfordAugust 15, 2019 &mdash...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 19, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Reckon The ADHA Is Really Slipping Into Irrelevance And Fantasy. Here Are My Reasons.
The first reason flows from the following release for the Federal Health Department.Building a Mentally and Physically Healthy AustraliaDelivering the world ’s best mental health system – stigma-free and focused on prevention, starting with children under 12 – is the major focus of the Australian Government’s Long Term National Health Plan, outlined today. Date published: 14 August 2019Delivering the world ’s best mental health system – stigma-free and focused on prevention, starting with children under 12 – is the major focus of the Australian Government’s Long Term Nat...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 18, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 488 – Results – 18th August, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe HealthEngine Will Survive The Present ACCC Investigation. Reputational Damage And Likely Fines?Yes 18% (18) No 76% (77) I Have no Idea 6% (6) Total votes: 101 Well that was pretty clear. The large majority view is that HealthEngine is not going to survive. We can all wait and see! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A really great turn out of votes. It must have been a prett y hard question as 6/101 readers were not sure what to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 18, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 17th August, 2019.
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/2019/08/ai-and-the-potential-liability-issues-arising-from-use-in-a-clinical-setting/AI and the potential liability issues arising from use in a clinical settingArtificial Intelligence (AI) is intruding more and more into modern life and is seen as a tool which could transform healthcare. But what about the risks that come with it? A...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

NSW May Be Heading Down A Very Dangerous Rabbit Hole. I Hope They Stop Soon.
This appeared last week:NSW seeks better analytics, consistency with digital health record initiativeNSW Health seeks input on Single Digital Patient RecordRohan Pearce (Computerworld) 09 August, 2019 10:22 NSW Health has launched a formal market engagement process to as it seeks to boost the capabilities of the state ’s electronic medical record system. “NSW Health is considering a range of options to enhance its electronic medical record capability into the future,” an eHealth NSW spokesperson told Computerworld. A Single Digital Patient Record (SDPR) “will provide a holistic, state-wide view of a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 16, 2019 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 15, 2019 Edition.-----The trade war slipped out of control this week and the risk of a global recession is rising quickly. Trump has a few points of concern but he needs to work out another way to get his way and having both the US and China prosper with better global rules. With the recent drop in markets globally it might me Trump stops a lot of his silliness. Who know where Boris is up to – but it is not seemingly going well.In Australia we have noticed the truth that we have a real problem balancing the US and Chinese relationships – this may be a severe ongoing problem that takes decades or more to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 15, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Poor Old Queensland Health Does Not Appear To Be Able To Take A Trick!
This appeared last week:Health Minister blames hospital staff 'user error' for major IT problemsBy Stuart LaytAugust 9, 2019 — 3.36pmQueensland Health Minister Steven Miles insists major problems with new ordering software in the state’s hospitals are due to "user error" and not a problem with the multimillion-dollar system itself.The $135 million software was commissioned to replace supply-ordering software that was more than 20 years old.Reports emerged on Friday that staff had been forced to buy supplies manually using credit cards and stockpile essentials such as bandages after the new S/4HANA sys...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 15, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The New ADHA MyHealth Record Mental Health Toolkit Is A Mostly Generic And Non-Specific Document On How To Use The myHealthRecord.
This appeared last week:Mental health toolkitThis toolkit has been developed to ensure healthcare providers are equipped to assist their patients with clear and specific information to make an informed decision about the benefits of using My Health Record.It explains the benefits of the system, and how to manage patient information securely, sensitively and privately, and provides guidance on:A provider ’s obligations regarding privacy, security and consent when using the My Health Record system.How clinicians can register to the My Health Record system, including the registration process for providers, clinic...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Well It Is On For One And All Regarding Inappropriate Use Of #myHealthRecord Data Again.
The Australian had a great yarn a day of so ago.Insurers snooping in our health recordsRevelations that the $44 billion life insurance industry still enjoys largely unfettered access to sensitive information comes amid rising consumer concern over the privacy of medical records, centred on the government ’s My Health Record ­system. Picture: SuppliedMichael Roddan·         12:00AM August 9, 2019Life insurers have trawled through the medical records of 150,000 Australians in an ­attempt to deny payout­s in the 18 months since a parliamentary inquiry calle...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 14, 2019 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 - August 13, 2019.
-----This weekly blog is to explore the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy 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 dated 6 December, 2018! Secrecy unconstrained! This is really the behavior of a federal public agency gone rogue!-----https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/trolls-take-toll-on-humanity/news-story/ed0d1b3202019dfad203b7c53e67c478Trolls take toll on humanity ·         By Simon Caterson ·     ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 12th August, 2019.
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 seems to have been a huge week and for all the wrong reasons. We have reports of misusing myHR data, budget over-runs and a total fiasco with HealthEngine and the ACCC and cops behaving badly before we get to the routine nonsense – enjoy the browse!-----https://www.2cc.net.au/podcasts/13067-insurers-accessing-myhealt...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Hard To See How HealthEngine Can Recover From The ACCC Investigation, Reputational Damage And Probable Fine.
The ACCC produced this press release a few days ago.HealthEngine in court for allegedly misusing patient data and manipulating reviews8 August 2019 The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against online health booking platform HealthEngine Pty Ltd (HealthEngine) for misleading and deceptive conduct relating to the sharing of consumer information with insurance brokers and the publishing of patient reviews and ratings.The ACCC claims that between 31 March 2015 to 1 March 2018, HealthEngine manipulated the patient reviews it published, and misrepresented to consumers why HealthEngine did not publish a rating...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 11, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 487 – Results – 11th August, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll. Will The Government Actually Deliver On Making Paper Prescriptions Optional By The End Of 2019? Yes 18% (22) No 81% (100) I Have No Idea 2% (2) Total votes: 124 Well that was pretty clear. The overwhelming view is that it won’t happen in the timeframe claimed. We can all wait and see! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A really great turn out of votes. It must have been a pretty easy question as only 2/124 readers were not sure what an appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 11, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 10th August, 2019.
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.healthcareitnews.com/news/new-cyber-risks-emerge-strategies-evolving-basic-principles-still-applyAs new cyber risks emerge, strategies evolving – but basic principles still applyBlueKeep? Dridex? A state of emergency in Louisiana? Healthcare security pros find themselves living in interesting times. But with new threats emerging each day –...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Here We Go Again With The Government Expanding What It Can Use Our Health Data For.
I have to say I am really getting sick of this!This appeared last week:Government prepares to match Medicare, Centrelink data to combat fraudNew data-matching initiative follows on heels of controversial ‘robodebt’ programRohan Pearce (Computerworld) 29 July, 2019 10:48 The Department of Human Services is preparing to launch a new program that will combine data from Centrelink and Medicare in an effort to unearth discrepancies between records held at the two agencies. Protocols for the program s tate that it will seek to find differences in the recording of “life events” for individuals that have re...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 9, 2019 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.
Normal 0 false false false EN-AU X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-bidi-f...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Get The Feeling The New Quality Assurance PIP May Not Have Been Properly Thought Through.
This appeared last week:'Unacceptable risks': GPs raise concerns over tomorrow's major PIP revamp They warn that the privacy of patient data extracted from practice software may be at risk31st July 2019By Geir O'RourkeA group of GPs have written an open letter urging caution on tomorrow ’s multimillion-dollar revamp of the Practice Incentives Program, claiming there are not enough safeguards for patient data.From 1 August, practices will be able to sign up to the PIP quality improvement (QI) incentive, which pays GP clinics to collect patient data and send it to primary health ne tworks.The scheme will see practices ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Session Really Deserves Some Publicity Given Where We Are With Digital Health Standards in Australia Right Now.
I spotted this a day or so ago.Interoperability and Standards Update – Sunday 11th August – MelbourneJul 11, 2019 | NewsIHE Australia in partnership with HISA are offering our annual update on healthcare interoperability and standards on the weekend prior to the HIC conference. If you live in Melbourne don ’t miss it and if joining us in Melbourne for HIC this offers additional value. The day-long session will focus on electronic health communication and standardisation relevant to health providers, managers and the IT industry. This Pre-HIC workshop will be held on Sunday 11 August and will examine ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - August 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs