The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
March 22, 2018 Edition.It is really impossible to believe what is going on in the Trump Whitehouse at present. It is so bad that the Chief of Staff has had to reassure the staff that the “night of the long knives” is almost over and that most of their jobs are safe! Just amazing… With firings, tariffs(big time now with China announced on Friday) and increasing tension with Russia, China and NK it is hard to see what else will go wrong but I feel sure something will!!! The only good news is that it seems that despite gerrymanders in many districts that the Republicans will lose their House Majority in Nov...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

APIs And FHIR Continue To Push Forward At An Increasing Pace!
This appeared last week:https://fcw.com/articles/2018/03/09/va-lighthouse-apis-shulkin.aspxVA goes all in on APIsBy Adam MazmanianMar 09, 2018The Department of Veterans Affairs is going all in on application programming interfaces – APIs – as a way of delivering data to health care partners and outside developers.The API effort is being organized via a new project, dubbed Lighthouse. Lighthouse is an API management platform that makes data feeds available to developers looking to incorporate VA data into online tools and applications.The big picture, as announced by VA Secretary David Shulkin at the Health Info...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

What Are The Biggest Threats To Patient Safety In 2018? Useful Report To Consider.
This appeared last week:Diagnostic errors, opioid safety top ECRI's top 10 patient safety priorities for 2018 by Matt Kuhrt Mar 13, 2018 9:55am Healthcare facilities looking to prioritize their patient safety efforts should start by focusing on diagnostic errors and opioid safety, according to the ECRI Institute.Those measures led the organization ’s list of the top 10 patient safety concerns for 2018. The ECRI Institute develops its annual list through a review of event reports and root-cause analyses from its members and intends for hospitals to use the information in support of their individual efforts to identify...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Very Large EHR Implementation In The US Appears To Be Going Rather Badly And Becoming Political!.
This popped up a few days ago:  ‘We took a broken system and just broke it completely’ Trump touted a project to make veterans’ health care seamless, but some doctors say it’s a disaster.By ARTHUR ALLEN03/08/2018 05:05 AM ESTPresident Donald Trump last year hailed a multibillion-dollar initiative to create a seamless digit al health system for active duty military and the VA that he said would deliver “faster, better, and far better quality care.” But the military’s $4.3 billion Cerner medical record system has utterly failed to achieve those goals at the first hospitals that ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Think That This Is A Really Good Step Forward And Really Adds Relevance To ACHI!
This press release appeared a few days ago.Media Release - Workforce is key: first Agency work placement awarded13 March, 2018.A PhD student specialising in speech recognition for digital health record based documentation has been awarded a paid work placement at the Australian Digital Health Agency.Toby Hodgson has been offered this placement as part of the four-year Australasian Health Informatics Fellowship Program (AHIFP) run by the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI). College President Dr Chris Pearce said the program is designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in health informatics, as well ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 19th March, 2018.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentSome very good news from the Australasian College Of Health Informatics on its Fellowship / Doctoral Program to start – followed by some weird and wonderful stuff – like a nurse using telemedicine to treat his own heart in real time in remote WA. This week has it all!-----https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/news-and-events/new...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Just For Fun - This Looks Like A Really Quick Implementation Of Digital Health! – ADHA Eat Your Heart Out!
This popped up last week and caused me some amusement:Armenian PM instructs to introduce e-health system in 15 daysMarch 15, 2018 14:08YEREVAN. – Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan instructed to ensure full implementation of the e-health system within 15 days.In particular, Minister of Healthcare Levon Altunyan, Territorial Administration Minister Davit Lokyan, Transport, Communications and Information Technologies Minister Vahan Ma rtirosyan, heads of regional administration were instructed to ensure implementation of the system. Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan was offered to create conditions for integrati...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Is The Germ Of A Really Good Idea Here And One That Really Shows How Obsolete The MyHR Will Be Very Soon!
This appeared from the new New Zealand Health IT News Site A few days ago.Cross-Tasman tech leaders consider creating a health ‘passport’ Wednesday, 14 March 2018eHealthNews editor Rebecca McBethDevelopment of a consumer app that holds verified medication information for clinicians to view if a New Zealander or Australian requires medical assistance while across the Tasman is being explored.Health technology leaders dis cussed the creation of a health ‘passport’ at the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum in Sydney this month.The passport would start as a simple consumer app that holds verified me...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 414 – Results – 18th March, 2017.
Here are the results of the poll.Overall, What Do You Think Of The ADHA's Draft Framework For Action (2018-2022) - The Implementation Plan For Their Strategy? Great 2% (3) OK 5% (8) Neutral 19% (29) Not Much Good 44% (68) Poor Or Worse 30% (47) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 156 This is an interesting poll finding the ADHA’s Implementation plan is seen by a clear majority as being not much good or worse (74%). Essentially it really isn’t a plan but a marketing glossy in my view! Only 7% thought the plan was OK or better! Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, really great turnout ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 17th March, 2018
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/va-launches-telehealth-program-to-treat-rural-veterans-with-ptsdVA Launches Telehealth Program to Treat Rural Veterans With PTSDThe Department of Veterans Affairs says the Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP) pilot program will connect veterans in rural areas with psychologists and psychiatrists for online treatment.By Eric Wi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Yet Again The AMA Is Enthusiastically Endorsing The myHR I Think ….
This appeared last week from the AMAADHA Claims My Health Record Expected To Improve Delivery Of Care For GPs08 Mar 2018The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has provided an update on progress of the My Health Record and the benefits it will bring to Australian patients.Dr Michael Crampton has highlighted how it has led to improved delivery of care for his patients, noting the importance of having easy access to allergy information for the patient, hospital discharge summaries, and other important information that a patient may not remember all the relevant details of their healthcare history. “When we have one...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
March 15, 2018 Edition.Well it has been Trump and more Trump in recent times. What with tariffs, resignations, trade-wars and rapprochement with little ‘Rocket Man’. Not sure one can handle so much news in one week. I suspect all this is  going to somehow blow up!  Issues include that most republicans hate tariffs and no one trusts Kim John-Un – so this can play out in all sorts of ways. As for staff changes - losing a Chief Financial Adviser and a Sec. of State in one week is just amazing and worrying. This Whitehouse will soon be totally filled with yes-men.Also what on earth is going on with ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like Labor In SA Will At Least Have A Close Look At How ePAS Is Really Going.
This appeared a few days ago:Labor pledges to review EPASBension Siebert Friday March 09, 2018 The Labor Party would undertake a review of its controversial electronic health records system, EPAS, if it is returned to Government at next week ’s election.The review would seek input from medical staff in SA Health on how to improve the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS).Doctors have repeatedly warned that EPAS slows down emergency care, threatens patient safety and blows out waiting lists.Meanwhile, Labor intends to bring the program up to full functionality at the Royal Adelaide Hospit...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Is This Brownian Motion In The Digital Health Space – What Is Going On?
This appeared last week:Media Release: A new national digital collaborative to improve child healthTuesday, March 06, 2018 Australia ’s states and territories have joined forces in a unique and transformative partnership that harnesses technology to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian children.In one of the first initiatives of Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless, and Secure, the Austral ian Digital Health Agency is partnering with eHealth NSW and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) to establish the National Children’s Digital Health Collaborativ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like We Have A Little Way To Go On Real-Time Prescription Monitoring Just Yet.
This appeared last week:Looming workload headache? Fears over national script-monitoring system It will be less than seamless compared with Victoria's system, say pharmacistsAntony Scholefield8th March 2018The Federal Government ’s real-time script-monitoring system to tackle opioid misuse will not be integrated with GP software, raising fears it will become a workload headache.The system is being rolled out this year and aims to give all doctors access to information on S8 drugs prescribed and dispensed.However, it will be based on the Tasmania system — known as DORA — where doctors have t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Grahame Grieve Wonders About Standards For Blockchain In Health.
Grahame posted this last week and asked for comments: Blockchain in Heathcare – are standards needed? Posted on March 8, 2018 by Grahame Grieve Last weekend, in the lead in to HIMSS in Las Vegas, several of the FHIR team met with a number of block chain specialists, most particularly including David Huseby from the Hyperledger project at the Linux Foundation. We discussed v arious use cases for use of blockchain, with the intent of understanding what – if anything – HL7 should do to support blockchain adoption through the standards process. During an open and wide-ranging discussion, several of us came t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Really Sad That So Many Are Being Fooled By The ADHA Propaganda On The MyHR.
This appeared a few days ago.DTA taking 'one bite of the elephant at a time': SlaterThe Digital Transformation Agency's CEO Gavin Slater is drawing on his 17 years at NAB to work towards a more 'competitive' digital experience for those using government platforms.By Jonathan Chadwick | March 8, 2018 -- 01:32 GMT (12:32 AEDT) | Topic: Digital Transformation Whether or not an organisation is working in government or the private sector, customers will want for four things, according to Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) CEO Gavin Slater: Being digitally mobile; being secure; offering accessibility; and offering a degree of p...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 12th March, 2018.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentAgain a quiet week with various things going on and the ADHA releasing a Framework for Action which will need a close read. Enjoy the browse!-----http://www.healthcareit.com.au/article/calls-end-%E2%80%98manels%E2%80%99-and-conference-gender-imbalance-research-shows-depth-discriminationCalls for an end to ‘manels’ and confe...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Framework For Action In Implementing Their Strategy From 2017. How Does It Stack Up?
The ADHA released a draft document last week and requested input by April 6, 2018.Here is the request for a contribution.Have your say on the Framework for ActionAustralia's National Digital Health Strategy - Safe, Seamless and Secure - outlines a vision for 2022 focused on an evidence base of benefits prioritising national-level digital health activity which will result in:Hospital admissions avoidedFewer adverse drug eventsReduced duplication of medical testsBetter coordination of care for people with chronic and complex conditions, andBetter informed treatment decisions.Achievement of the outcomes in the Strategy will ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 413 – Results – 11th March, 2017.
Here are the results of the poll.How Would You Rate The ADHA's Performance At Senate Estimates Last Week For Accuracy And Transparency?Excellent 1% (1) Not Bad 13% (19) Neutral 39% (58) Not Good 29% (43) Very Poor 17% (25) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 147 This is an interesting poll finding the ADHA performance at Senate Estimates rather less than accurate and transparent (46% to 14%) with about 40% neutral. Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, really great turnout of votes! It must have been an easy question with just 1 not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 10th March, 2018
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/tech/rock-health-digital-health-startups-bill-evansRock Health wants to reframe the discussion around digital health to focus on patients by Evan Sweeney  Mar 2, 2018 2:48pm A lot of money has flowed into the digital health industry over the last seven years —$23.8 billion to be exact. But Rock Health, the venture capi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Looks Like The Spammers and Phishers Are Having A Serious Go At MyGov.
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
March 8, 2018 Edition.There was really only one big bit of news this week with the Donald announcing punitive import tariffs on Steel and Aluminium.Markets tanked and there was talk in Australia of a recession by the Trade Minister.The received wisdom is that this plan is a wholly bad idea on Trump ’s part – so we need to see how it plays out. Right now it looks to be a negotiating tactic on the NAFTA re-do!In Australia it seems pretty clear our politicians have mostly gone off the reservation with a lack of interest in good policy and a ramped up interest in personal abuse etc. God help u s all unless some san...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like Queensland Health Has Learned Some Lessons From The Payroll Fiasco!
This appeared last week and brought a wry smile to my face:Qld Health nears delivery of new ERP systemBy Justin Hendry on Feb 27, 2018 6:00AM Asks KPMG to mitigate risks.Queensland Health expects to have its new SAP ERP system up and running by August this year, but will spend several months transitioning staff across to mitigate potential risks.The $105 million financial system renewal project (FSR), which the agency has been working on since December 2016, will replace a heavily customised, 20-year-old SAP R/3 4.6B ERP suite known as the finance and materials management information system (FAMMIS).FAMMIS h...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Has To Be Good News For Those Interested In Digital Health!
This announcement appeared last week:HiNZ launches dedicated news service for health IT sectorFebruary 28, 2018New Zealand ’s health IT sector is getting a dedicated local news service this month with the launch of eHealthNews.nz. The new website and eNewsletter is being launched by Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) on 15 March 2018. HiNZ is a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on events and professional development. Its annual conference is the largest digital health event in New Zealand, attracting more than 900 delegates from a diverse range of professions within healthcare, technology, and gov...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Here Is A Really Sensible Application Of AI Technology And EHRs To Catch Those Who Are Deteriorating Early!
This appeared a few days ago:VA taps Google's DeepMind to predict patient deterioration by Evan Sweeney Feb 26, 2018 12:35pm The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a partnership with Google ’s DeepMind to analyze patient records and build a model that can predict when a patient is deteriorating.The VA said it will allow DeepMind’s algorithm to parse through 700,000 depersonalized health records, allowing the company’s algorithm to initially focus on predicting the onset of acute kidney injuries.“Medicine is more than treating patients’ problems,” VA Secretary David Shulkin, M.D....
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

WA Health Is Being Lined Up To Give Digital Health Another Serious Attempt!
This article appeared last week:WA Health in dire need of better IT investment: reviewBy Allie Coyne on Feb 27, 2018 5:00PM Progress towards digital health system "critical".Technology projects in the Western Australian health system have swallowed up large amounts of money for little benefit, creating a "culture of distrust" in the management of IT, a report into the state's health system has found.The 'sustainable health review' interim report [pdf] painted a bleak picture of the state of IT within WA's health network.The report - which was commissioned by the state government last June - found a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 5th March, 2018.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentAnother quiet week with Senate Estimates (Reported yesterday) and the report into WA Health being the highlights.The opioid epidemic is also prompting some action in a couple of capitals. Enjoy the browse!-----https://www.itnews.com.au/news/wa-health-in-dire-need-of-better-it-investment-review-485985WA Health in dire need of better IT ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 412 – Results – 4th March, 2017.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe Australia Is A Global Leader In Digital Health As The ADHA And Minister Hunt Seem To Be Claiming? Yes 1% (2) No 97% (167) I Have No Idea 2% (3) Total votes: 172 This is an interesting poll suggesting we have a long way to go to reach global leader status in Digital Health. Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, really great turnout of votes! It must have been an easy question with just 3 not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clic...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Senate Estimates - Community Affairs Legislation Committee - February 28, 2018. ADHA - Questions And Responses. Worth A Close Read!
Here is a transcript of what went on very late last Wednesday evening in Canberra.Community Affairs Legislation Committee 28/02/2018 Estimates HEALTH PORTFOLIO Australian Digital Health Agency [22:50] Senator GRIFF: When is the universal automatic enrolment of the My Health Record expected to go live? Mr Kelsey : The timing of the opt-out is a matter for government. Ministers are considering it at the moment. The legislative instrument that the budget measure determines that the opt-out has to have occurred before the end of 2018. Senator GRIFF: You don't actually have a nominal go-live date at this point? Mr Kelsey : ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 03rd March, 2018
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/hhs-taking-aim-at-reducing-the-administrative-burden-of-ehrsHHS takes aim at reducing the administrative burden of EHRs By Greg Slabodkin Published February 23 2018, 7:20am EST The Department of Health and Human Services is firmly committed to reducing the regulatory and administrative burdens on clinicians who use electr...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

They Are At It Again - Spruiking The Digital Health Future As Awesome Wonderful Fact - It Isn ’t!
This appeared last week: Updated Feb 21 2018 at 7:00 PM Data and technology to transform the medical system This content is produced by The Australian Financial Review in commercial partnership with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. "We collect one billion times more data on our cars than our bodies," Murray Brozinsky recently stated at the Commonwealth Bank's Future of Health Conference.A recognised digital health leader, and chief strategy officer at Conversa, Brozinsky advises some of the world's leading healthcare organisations on the changing nature of health.Comparing cars with humans ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Your Last Warning - The Data Breach Penalty Regime Is Now Operational And Coming For You!
This appeared last week and carries a rather ominous warning …Data breach law: 60% of businesses 'unaware of basics' 20 February 2018 Written by  Sam Varghese Nearly 60% of Australian businesses are not aware of the details of the data breach law that takes effect on Thursday, a survey by GfK Australia for imaging solutions provider Canon claims.Additionally, the survey, named the Business Readiness Index, found that small businesses, in particular, were seen to be least concerned about data security, stemming from a lack of awareness where only one in five (19%) were conscious of, and prepared for, the new reg...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
March 01, 2018 Edition.In Trump world the big news is that the Special Prosecutor has indited yet more and had a few plead guilty to all sorts of financial and other crimes. This really is not going to end well for Trump I reckon and just in the week when Mr Turnbull was visiting! In OZ the Barnaby saga has fully reached escape velocity and he has fallen on his sword. Lord knows what happens next but one must hope our system has considerable powers of self repair. What an utter fiasco - only exceeded by Michaelia Cash's rabid meltdown on Wednesday! The coalition seems to wa nt to self-destruct! -----Here are a few other ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

There Is Little Doubt The Game Is Changing - And Maybe Faster Than We Expect.
This appeared last week:Google's neural networks detect heart attack risk by looking at patients' eyesDrew Harwell& Carolyn Y. Johnson Published:February 20 2018 - 1:50PMBy looking at the human eye, Google's algorithms were able to predict whether someone had high blood pressure or was at risk of a heart attack or stroke, researchers at the company have confirmed, opening a new opportunity for artificial intelligence in the vast and lucrative global health industry.The algorithms didn't outperform existing medical approaches such as blood tests, according to a study of the finding published in the journal Nature Biomed...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Is There Something Worrying About The Fact That The Privacy Commissioner Bails Just As National Breach Legislation Commences And With Opt-Out In The Wings?
Last week we had the rather sad news that the Privacy Commissioner has handed in his baton.Last man standing: information and privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim to retireByStephen Easton • 20/02/2018 Timothy Pilgrim has announced his resignation from his dual-role as privacy and information commissioner, effective March 24.Pilgrim started as the privacy commissioner in 2010, when the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner was a much better resourced body with a separa te commissioner for FOI and an overarching information commissioner in John McMillan, who left in 2015, when the Abbott government intended...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Its Been A Really Big Week For Bureaucratic Swanning And Preening - I Wonder What Will Actually Come Of It?
I first got wind of something happening in Digital Health when all these obscure Indian links began to appear.India building digital health ecosystem: NaddaCanberra (Australia), Feb 19 (IANS) Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda on Monday said India is committed to reforms in health services delivery using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).Addressing delegates from around a dozen countries at the Global Digital Health Partnership Summit, he said the ICT had great potential to improve delivery of healthcare services and "India will take advantage of it under the Digital India programme&q...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 26th February, 2018.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentNot much happening except the RACP debacle - fire the CEO I say - and the Global Gabfest where Australia suggests it is an a position to offer advice to others in Global Digital Health! Put your own house in order I would suggest - but then I would say that!-----https://www.itwire.com/government-tech-policy/81803-data-breach-law-takes-...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 411 – Results – 25th February, 2017.
Here are the results of the poll.How Well Do You Believe The GP Community Is Being Served By The Current Generation Of Practice Systems?Great 1% (2) Not Bad 52% (74) Neutral 36% (51) Not Well 9% (12) Badly 1% (1) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 141 This is an interesting poll suggesting that there is room for more work but that mostly people are going reasonably well with their present systems. Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really great turnout of votes! It must have been an easy question with just 1 not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted!...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Just To Continue The Outrage For A Moment Or Two Longer - The CEO Has No Place To Go But Out!
After the blog this morning this appeared I found these:'Budget' contractor behind bungled RACP exam has a long record of failure The low-cost operator has a well-documented history of mishapsGeir O'Rourke22nd February 2018 10 Comments The company employed by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians to run its botched fellowship examination is known as a “budget” option and has been involved in dozens of testing mishaps over the past two decades, a US exam watchdog says. The contractor, Pearson VUE, is yet to explain the "unknown technical fault" that locked registrars out of Monday's five-ho...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Talk About An Appalling IT Stuff-Up - I Really Feel For The Victims!
This story broke in the middle of last week.Trainee doctors forced to resit exam after 'technical fault' By Allie Coyne on Feb 20, 2018 6:22AM First computer-based test failed, results voided.Trainee doctors who sat a basic exam yesterday have had their results voided after a "technical fault" locked some students out of the second half of the test. It was the first time the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)'s divisional written exam had been delivered online, managed by computer-based testing solutions provider Pearson Vue. The medical college apologised to students for yesterday's technical ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 24th February, 2018
Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/investment-in-e-health-proposed-under-development-plan-1.3395390Investment in e-health proposed under development planPrevious estimates for electronic health record suggest it will cost up to €875 million17 February, 2018Elaine Edwards Digital health services will enable the right information about the rig...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Not Quite Digital Health But An Anti-Scientific Outrage Nevertheless!
This appeared last week:Thank God, Australia is now licensed to ‘moisten intestines’ and ‘replenish the gates of vitality ’16/02/2018Edwin Kruys A while back I spoke with a politician who was very cross about the decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to make codeine products no longer available without prescription. When I asked why, the answer was, “Codeine is great for jet lag, especially wit h a Scotch.”Clearly there was some confusion here about the indication of (the painkiller) codeine, which can cause serious side effects, especially in combination with oth...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like The Telstra Health Developed National Cancer Registry Is Almost There!
This popped up a few days ago: Major component of Australia's cancer register still without go-live By Justin Hendry on Feb 14, 2018 1:37PM Planning will recommence after delivery of first phase.The replacement of Australia ’s outdated bowel screening register remains without a go-live date almost a year after a complex data migration process stalled the original launch. Australia ’s new Telstra-built cancer screening register is a single platform that will replace the paper-based national bowel screening register as well as the eight separate cervical cancer screening registers operated by the state...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
February 22, 2018 Edition.In Trump world the big news is that the Special Prosecutor has indited 13 Russians with systematic interference with the US Election. Heaven knows where this goes from here but I suspect it won't end well for many people!In OZ the Barnaby saga has reached escape velocity and who knows what will happen when it returns to Earth, as surely it must! Maybe by the time you read this we will know more.-----Here are a few other things I have noticed.-----Major Issues.http://www.afr.com/news/world/volatility-bets-should-not-be-available-to-retail-investors-20180210-h0vw44Feb 11 2018 at 11:24 AM Volatility ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

This Is An Area Where The myHR Might Help But Only With A Lot Of Work.
This appeared last week and got me thinking: 'Anything to save them': Medics reveal human cost of our denialEmma Young Published: February 15 2018 - 11:48AM One day in an Australian hospital ward, two men were dying. Both lay in rooms off the same corridor. But their stories unfolded very differently. The first was 95 years old. He had end-stage diabetes and heart disease. He had collapsed during a heart attack and was taken to hospital unconscious. There was no advanced care directive to indicate how he felt about treatments. His daughter arrived, shocked and distraught, and insisted on all possible treatment. D...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

I Wonder If These Changes Will Avoid More Hacking Of The Medicare Number Database?
This appeared a few days ago:Government to crack down on access to patients ’ Medicare numbersAccelerates shift away from PKI for HPOS Rohan Pearce (Computerworld) 16 February, 2018 12:44 The government has endorsed the recommendations of a review into health providers’ access to Medicare card numbers. The government commissioned the review of the Health Professio nals Online Services (HPOS) system after revelations that a Tor-protected service was offering to retrieve the Medicare numbers of individuals. The ‘Medicare Machine’ service on the now-defunct AlphaBay marketplace site offered a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Good To See The Medical Republic Doing Lots On Technology And Pointing To The Inevitable Future!
Last week we had the Medical Republic run two long articles of relevance to Digital Health. First we had: 16 February 2018 Cloud patient management systems come of agePosted byMatthew Galetto Across our country, thousands of practices, including GPs, specialist and allied health, own and maintain a practice server. The practice server is the powerhouse of the clinic, the primary function of which is to host the clinical and practice management software. Other critical functions include the hosting of a myriad of add-ons and plugins that connect to, and extract from, the practice management software. As a secondary fun...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 19th February, 2018.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentSeems to have been a pretty quiet week other than the to-ing and fro-ing between the ADHA and the MSIA. Elsewhere we learn a little more about opt-out and watch the Barnaby saga! ------ https://www.medicalobserver.com.au/professional-news/doctor-shopper-reforms-all-but-compel-gps-to-join-script-exchangesDoctor-shopper reforms all bu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 410 – Results – 18th February, 2017.
Here are the results of the poll.How Would You Rate The Value For Money Being Delivered By The ADHA To The Australian Community?Excellent 0% (0) OK 1% (1) Neutral 1% (2) Not Much 52% (78) Non-Existent 45% (67) I Have No Idea 1% (2) Total Votes 150 This is a definitive poll with readers seeing the ADHA as adding very little to no value so far. I wonder what the Board would make of this result? Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. For those who are counting there have now been 14,800 comments on the blog . (There a total of 5100 posts). A really, great turnout of votes! It must have been an easy questi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs