Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 21st April, 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.-----http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/ecri-institute-launches-tool-help-ehr-vendors-track-patient-safetyECRI Institute launches tool to help EHR vendors track patient safetyThe new Insight Culture of Safety Assessment for Health IT Companies was built to help vendors adhere to principles of safe design, development and use when creating products.By Mike MiliardApr...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is Really Worth A Close Read! I Hope The ADHA Takes Note As Their System Has Many Of The Same Issues!
This appeared a week or so ago.Will the tech giants ever succeed at e-Health?Posted on 08/04/2018 by wolandscat Amazon, Apple, and Google are all having another go at e-Health. But we have been here before: remember Microsoft HealthVault? It ’s still around, and still hasn’t taken off. Google Health went live in 2008, but was retired at end of 2011, due to ‘lack of adoption’.Fast forward to 2018, and we see Apple, Amazon, Google and Uber making new e-Health plays. Initially each corporation will probably work from its strengths – retail delivery for Amazon, booking for Uber, data for Goog...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

And You Think Your Private Health Information Is Well Looked After? Think Again!
This appeared last week:Healthcare suffers almost a quarter of data breaches, as reports skyrocket under mandatory notification schemeLynne Minion | 11 Apr 2018 Data breaches have affected 63 Australian organisations since 22 February, with 24 per cent of them in healthcare, according to the Office of the Information Commissioner ’s first report since the mandatory data breach reporting legislation came into effect.Of the total breaches, health information was involved in 33 per cent of cases, the report released today said.The Notifiable Data Breaches scheme, which came into force on 22 February, requires entities w...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 19, 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.
April 19, 2018 Edition.The news of the week is the US, UK and France bombing Syrian chemical warfare facilities. It seems to have gone off reasonably well and all we now need to do is see if it puts an end to chemical weapons use. Time will tell as usual on how well it went and what effect it will have.Trump also is seemingly changing his mind on trade etc. so who knows what is really going on! The TPP is off again for example! In OZ the NEG is being discussed and the undermining of Turnbull continues apace. The pollies continue to be self-obsessed and the public frustration continues to build! Who knows where and whe...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Appeared With Great Fanfare Last Week! Is It Important? You Bet If You Care About Your Health Information Privacy.
This release appeared last week:Media release - New My Health Record guidelines launched for pharmacists11 April, 2018Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) launched new guidelines today for pharmacists to promote meaningful clinical use of the My Health Record system to enhance patient-centred care. The new guidelines will help increase the number of pharmacists using My Health Record, a digital system that enables healthcare providers to share secure health data and improve the safety and quality of patient care.My Health Record enables important health information including allergies, medical conditions, treatments, ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Report Of The COAG Health Council Meeting - 13 February, 2018.
Here is the Communiqu é. Note Items 2 and 3Communique 13 April 2018The federal, state and territory Health Ministers met in Sydney today at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues. The meeting was chaired by the Ms Meegan Fitzharris MLA, ACT Minister for Health and Wellbeing.Major items disc ussed by Health Ministers today included:Review of the organ donation, retrieval and transplant systemMinisters agreed that the Commonwealth undertake a review of the organ donation, retrieval and transplantation sector in collaboration with states and territories. The review will examine (pre and p ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

So Digital Health Really Makes A Difference - Or Does It? Details Matter Interpreting Evidence!
This really encouraging article appeared last week.EHR-Integrated Tools Help Improve Chronic Kidney Disease CareTreatment involving EHR-integrated tools and patient engagement strategies are effective in improving areas of chronic kidney disease care. By Kate MonicaApril 05, 2018 - A quality improvement program combining EHR-integrated tools and patient engagement strategies can significantly improve quality of care for patients with chronic kidney disease, according to new research published in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC).Over a one-year period, Sequist et al. observed 153 primary care physicians trea...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 16th April, 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 CommentA really big when I look back – this lot will keep you browsing for a while. The first article is a ripper and ought be read if you have a moment.-----https://wolandscat.net/2018/04/08/will-the-tech-giants-ever-succeed-at-e-health/Will the tech giants ever succeed at e-Health?Posted on 08/04/2018 by wolandscat Amazon, Apple,...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 418 – Results – 15th April, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Is It Risky For Digital Health Startups To Base Their Business Model On The ADHA's Continuing Support And Operation Of The myHR?Yes 74% (99) No 25% (34) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 134 Looks like most believe that not having all your eggs in one basket is a good plan! Government policy change is a risk for many businesses. Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, really great turnout of votes! It must have b een an easy question as just 1 reader was not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Wonder Just How Well This Will All Work Out? Time Will Tell!
This appeared on Friday, 13 April 2018 (An omen?)https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/announcing-the-$200-million-digital-health-crc2Announcing the $200 million Digital Health CRCPublicly released: Fri 13 Apr 2018 at 1001 AEST | 1201 NZST The $200 million Digital Health CRC will be launched on Friday. The Digital Health CRC will join up data in the health system creating an improved system benefiting all Australians. Our researchers, from 16 universities, will work with our health partners to develop and test solutions that work for real patients in real hospitals and other settings of care. And our business partners will work ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 14th April, 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/gao-lack-of-security-controls-put-medicare-beneficiary-data-at-riskGAO: Lack of security controls put Medicare beneficiary data at risk By Greg SlabodkinPublished April 06 2018, 7:19am EDTThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services needs to improve its oversight of security controls for Medicare beneficiary data used b...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Seems To Me To Be A Bit Of Health Data Exploitation Overreach – To Say The Least!
This appeared a little while ago and really amazed me …..Government is 'running too fast,' warns one criticDespite privacy concerns, Israel to put nation’s medical database onlineGovernment hopes research and commercial use of info will provide $600b. injection to digital health sector; PM stresses that 'consent of each and every person' will be re quiredBy Shoshanna Solomon 25 March 2018, 5:57 pm 4 The Israeli government on Sunday approved a National Digital Health plan, which, despite mounting privacy concerns, plans to create a digital database of the medical files of some 9 million residents and make ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 13, 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.
This article shows some of the risks he is running.https://www.smh.com.au/business/investments/china-has-the-financial-arsenic-to-ruin-the-us-but-will-it-use-it-20180407-p4z89u.htmlChina has the 'financial arsenic' to ruin the US - but will it use it?By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard7 April 2018 — 8:21amChina's leaders must be sorely tempted to activate the "nuclear option" and punish the capitalist running dog, the tango dancer in the White House.They could at any time start to liquidate their $US1.2 trillion ($1.5 trillion) holdings of US Treasury debt, switching the proceeds into euro, sterling, krona, Aussie, ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is A Rather Important And Cautionary Story - To Say The Least!
This appeared last week:Parents are snubbing their infants in favour of digital devices according to leading WA paediatricianEXCLUSIVE, Katie Hampson | The West Australian Wednesday, 4 April 2018 4:00AMBabies are missing key developmental milestones because their parents are glued to digital devices at times when they should be interacting with their infants, a leading WA paediatrician says.Joondalup Health Campus paediatrics head Desiree Silva said the $26 million Origins Project was investigating the impact of electronics on a child ’s health as part of a decade-long study of how a child’s environment influen...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Showing Benefits From Digital Health Is A Good Deal Harder Than It Seems.
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Coroners Recommendations On A Death At Least Partially Caused By Electronic Prescribing Misuse. Sensible Stuff!
Last week we saw a number of reports on the Inquest into the death of Paul Lau.Here is one such:Computer prescribing error turns 'uneventful' procedure fatal An anaesthetist accidentally used the wrong patient fileCarmel Sparke4th April 2018A father of two died in hospital following a routine knee reconstruction because his anaesthetist accidentally entered fentanyl into the wrong computer file, the NSW Coroner ’s Court has found.Paul Lau, 54, died from multiple drug toxicity after being mistakenly prescribed fentanyl intended for another more complex surgical patient at Sydney’s Macquarie University Hospi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Is Not Providing What Patients Want Because They Don't Care. They Want The myHR To Do Something Entirely Different!
This appeared last week:Almost 14m patients using online GP services across EnglandHannah Crouch3 April 2018Almost 14 million patients across England are now using online GP services to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view their records.According latest figures from NHS England, there has been a 42% increase in the number of people who are signed up for online services compared to the same time last year. This means 24 per cent of patients (13.9 million) in England are now registered, which NHS England hopes will ease pressure on GPs and their staff and save patients time. NHS Digital figures from Febr...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 9th April, 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 CommentA shortened week after Easter with not much really happening until you look a little more closely and see the first Australian 5G network use and increasing private e-Health activity and some sadness with technology use.-----http://www.afr.com/business/health/australias-ehealth-push-lifts-startup-tyde-20180315-h0xj2pUpdated Apr 6 2018...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Trick Is To Build Your House On The Rock And Not Upon The Sand. Same Applies To Digital Health!
This appeared over the weekend.Updated Apr 6 2018 at 11:00 PM Australia's e-health push lifts start-up Tyde by Carrie LaFrenz When serial entrepreneur Dean McEvoy looks for new investment opportunities he searches for someone who is in love with solving a problem. And that is what he found with Tyde creator Romain Bonjean.French-born Bonjean and his co-founders Shamus Cooper and Sudeep Gohil (both are Tyde advisers) launched the health business two years ago. Tyde is the first consumer-focused app for the federal government's My Health Record platform that is being rolled out by the Australian Digital Health Agency.It's a ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 417 – Results – 8th April, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Should Test Results Displayed In The myHR Have Clear Explanations Of Their Meaning And A Contact Number For Concerned Patients?Yes 82% (98) No 16% (19) I Have No Idea 2% (2) Total votes: 119 Looks like most believe that results in the myHR should be made understandable etc. Please ADHA get on with it before there are some disasters! Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really great turnout of votes! It must have been an easy question as just 2 readers was not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the init...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 7th April, 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.-----http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/beyond-passwords-how-nist-cybersecurity-framework-gives-risk-management-boostBeyond passwords: How NIST cybersecurity framework gives risk management a boostInside access control of employees a must says health law attorney Barry Herrin.By Mike MiliardMarch 30, 2018 09:49 AM Enterprise risk management is a tall order, as heal...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Wonder Does This Survey Have Any Implications For The myHR.
This popped up late last week:  ‘Phenomenally low’ trust in Facebook among Aussies even before Cambridge AnalyticaJohn Rolfe, News Corp Australia NetworkMarch 30, 2018 10:00pm - EXCLUSIVEAUSTRALIANS flat-out don’t trust Facebook anymore, four-in-five users fear their information is being hacked and more than half think Mark Zuckerberg should reimburse them if he’s pilfering their personal data for profit.Just 15 per cent of the population are confident Facebook will keep their personal data secure, according to the national YouGov Galaxy survey that found the level of trust in Mark Zuckerberg&r...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 6, 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.
April 05, 2018 Edition.Again it has been Trump to the max this week with more firing (The VA Secretary), more threats (Amazon) and more late night tweets causing chaos. He is also planning to just get out of Syria (soon) and to heck with the consequences – that may be pretty messy!From the London Times 31/3 talking about Syria:“A US special forces commander, speaking to NBC News on condition of anonymity, said that the lack of guidance from the White House meant the campaign was “coming apart”. Another commander said: “We send memos. We te ll them what is going on. I’m not sure they&rsqu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like South Australia ’s EPAS Is To Be Paused For Review. What Comes Next?
As we learnt before the SA election the new Liberal Government has promised to pause EPAS for review.Adelaide Monday March 26, 2018 Looming EPAS expansion threatens Libs' election promiseThe Marshall Government may struggle to meet its election promise to immediately pause the rollout of controversial electronic health records system EPAS, with its expansion at the Royal Adelaide Hospital looming within weeks.Bension Siebert @Bension1 Stephen Marshall told an election forum late last year that the Liberal Party would “immediately” pause and review the rollout of the Enterprise Patient Administration System if i...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Would Have To Suggest Not To Come To Australia To See A Model National EHR System!
It seems NZ is getting some feedback on selection of its National EHR.This popped up this week:New Zealand can learn lessons of EHR projects worldwideWednesday 28 March 2018eHealthNews editor Rebecca McBethHiNZ keynote speaker Richard Corbridge says learning from electronic health record roll-outs around the world offers the New Zealand health sector the opportunity to get it right here.New Zealand can learn from the failures and successes of electronic health record implementations around the world, says HiNZ 2018 keynote speaker Richard Corbridge.The New Zealand government is considering the indicative business case for ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Department Of Health Fails To Hide The Evidence Of Its Technological Incompetence.
What a perfect time to put out an adverse and critical press release? Try the 29th of March just before the Easter long weekend?What do we see?Information Commissioner ’s ReportThe Department of Health welcomes the Information Commissioner’s final report following his investigation into the department’s release of a sample of data from the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).Page last updated: 29 March 2018PDF printable ve rsion of Information Commissioner’s Report - PDF 279 KB 29 March 2018 The Department of Health welcomes the Information Commissioner&rsq...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 2nd April, 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 CommentInteresting week. The Health Department is a law breaker and the EPAS roll out in South Australia is paused with lots more besides. Enjoy the browse. -----https://www.itnews.com.au/news/health-breached-privacy-law-in-open-data-bungle-oaic-487936Health breached privacy law in open data bungle: OAICBy Allie Coyne on Mar 29, 2018 9:52AM ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Overseas They Have Noticed A Downside To Contextless Results It Seems The ADHA Is Ignoring!
This appeared last week:Without context or cushion, do online medical results make sense? by Sandra G. Boodman, Kaiser Health News  Mar 27, 2018 12:20pm As she herded her two young sons into bed one evening late last December, Laura Devitt flipped through her phone to check on the routine blood tests that had been performed as part of her annual physical. She logged onto the patient portal link on her electronic medical record, scanned the results and felt her stomach clench with fear.Devitt ’s white blood cell count and several other tests were flagged as abnormal. Beyond the raw numbers, there was no explanati...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 416 – Results – 1st April, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The MBS and PBS Data Held By The DHS Is Very Valuable And Should Be Made Available Commercial Use?Yes 3% (4) No 96% (124) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 129 Looks like most are pretty wary of commercial use of PBS and MBS Data. Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. Sorry, in advance, that the question was a little confusing but I think most were responding to the threat of commercial use e tc. A really, really great turnout of votes! It must have been an easy question as just 1 reader was not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - April 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 31st 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.digitalhealth.net/2018/03/special-report-remote-monitoring-and-self-care/Special Report: Remote monitoring and self-careThe use of technology to support self-care is considered to be a holy grail of any sustainable health service. So how can the NHS utilise and share such information to improve patient experience and empower them to manage their healt...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Few Tips On Escaping The Facebook Ecosystem And Keeping Some Personal Privacy.
This appeared a few days ago:How to protect your privacySocial media users are rushing to lock down their privacy settings. The Australian12:00AM March 22, 2018Chris Griffith It’s time to thoroughly check the data you entrust to Facebook and, through it, to connected apps. Whenever we open an app using our Facebook credentials, there is the likelihood we have shared our Facebook personal information with the app’s developer. Personal data can flow the other way to o, from apps we have interacted with into Facebook. The scariest part is when you have nothing to do with the data flow — when you are the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 30, 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 29, 2018 Edition.I really can ’t keep up. The Donald is becoming progressively more feral with firings, trade tariffs and appointment of very dangerous people to his inner circle. (John Bolton – the new National Security Adviser - was the neo-con who was one of those responsible for the erroneous WMD scare that led to the Ir aq War and all that followed – ISIS etc.)The effect of this man on Global Trade, China and ultimately Australia is just unknowable but reckon there is a real risk we could be badly hurt economically. Frankly the man is a global menace! I wonder how long for the US politicians no...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Some Advice As To The First Steps In Deploying Blockchain Technology In Health.
This appeared a few days ago:Thinking of trying a blockchain project? Here are some must-do first stepsAs healthcare organizations start to dip their toes in the waters of distributed ledger technology, the COO of Hashed Health offers advice about doing it right.By Mike MiliardMarch 19, 2018 10:12 AMBlockchain is no longer the far-out and inscrutable mystery it once was. More and more healthcare professionals are starting to understand how it works – and how it can work for them."They're beginning to understand the technical questions around it, which is fundamentally about shared infrastructure," said Core...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Now This Is A Really Large Digital Health Cost Blowout!
This appeared last week:VA Cerner Implementation Contract Balloons to $16 BillionThe VA Cerner implementation contract jumped from $10 billion to $16 billion, according to a recent House Appropriations hearing. By Kate Monica March 21, 2018 - The price tag for the VA Cerner implementation contract has spiked by 60 percent, judging by testimony given at a recent House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. In her opening statement, House Military Construction and VA Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) revealed the cost of VA ’s EHR modernization project ha...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

At Least The New Zealand Government Is Looking Carefully At The Business Case For Digital Health!
This very hopeful report appeared last week.Health Minister sees digitisation as improving the quality of healthcareWednesday, 14 March 2018  eHealthNews editor Rebecca McBethThe Government is developing a Digital Health Strategy to support new and improved models of care and is considering the viability of a national Electronic Health Record.Digitisation will improve care and quality in New Zealand ’s public health service, says New Zealand’s Minister of Health, Dr David Clark.The Minister says that a strong digital health system can help people to access healthcare when, how and where they need it. ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Really Hope This Desire For Use Of Our Medicare Databases Is Well Intentioned And Not Just Selfish Rent Seeking!
This appeared last week:Mar 20 2018 at 1:34 PM ANZ's Maile Carnegie says Medicare data could build new e-health industryMaile Carnegie, head of digital at ANZ Banking Group, says health data could be used to create new companies. by James Eyers Medicare provides one of the best-organised and comprehensive sets of healthcare data in the world, providing Australia with a strategic advantage to create a new niche for the local technology industry while improving health outcomes for millions of people, said Maile Carnegie, the head of digital banking at ANZ.In a session at the ASIC Annual Forum on how data can improve com...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 26th 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 CommentAn interesting week with personal privacy and data privacy being on top of the agenda with the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica saga  grabbing world headlines and Telstra Health having a rather problematic data breach with Argus Secure Messaging Software.Enjoy the browse.-----https://www.smh.com.au/technology/medical-records-exposed...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Some Old Security Flaws Catch Up With Some Argus Users. Good To See A Reasonably Pro-Active Response!
This interesting little yarn appeared a few days ago:Medical records exposed by flaw in Telstra Health's Argus softwareBy Ben GrubbUpdated22 March 2018 — 8:19amfirst published at 8:09amA flaw in medical software used by more than 40,000 Australian health specialists and distributed by Telstra has potentially exposed Australians' medical information to hackers, who have been logging into practitioners' computers and servers to carry out illegal ac tivities.Called Argus, the software is used by hospitals, GPs, specialists, primary health networks and allied health providers. According to Telstra Health, which acquired ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 415 – Results – 25th March, 2017.
Here are the results of the poll.Will Blockchain Technology Become Very Important In Health Information Management In The Next Five To Ten Years?Yes 17% (24) No 61% (87) I Have No Idea 22% (31) Total votes: 142 Looks like most are pretty skeptical of the Blockchain’s potential in Health. Time will tell I guess. Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, really great turnout of votes! It must have been a really hard question as 31 p eople were not sure what the correct answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicki...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 24th 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/onc-launches-phase-2-of-sync-for-genes-initiativeONC launches Phase 2 of Sync for Genes By Greg SlabodkinPublished March 15 2018, 7:35am EDTThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched Phase 2 of the Sync for Genes initiative, aimed at demonstrating how standardized genomic data can be shared between ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Little Macabre But A Worthwhile Study Confirming The Value Of Some Important ICU Scoring Systems.
This appeared last week:Data analysis shows ICU scores accurate in predicting risk of death By Greg SlabodkinPublished March 13 2018, 7:25am EDTUsing clinical data from more than 200 hospital intensive care units, Philips Healthcare has shown that three ICU risk scores —designed for different purposes—performed well as a marker of severity of illness at admission and throughout the ICU stay.The analysis of de-identified data from more than 560,000 ICU patient stays contributed by 333 ICUs, covering almost 39 million patient-hours of ICU care, reveal that it is possible for risk models to perform well even when ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Seems To Be A Useful Contribution To Melanoma Detection and Treatment.
This appeared in The Conversation last week.New online tool can predict your melanoma risk March 12, 2018 6.04am AEDT People who are unable to tan and who have moles on their skin are among those at heightened risk of developing melanoma. from shutterstock.com AuthorsPhoebe Roth Editorial Intern Sasha Petrova Deputy Editor: Health + Medicine InterviewedDavid Whiteman Professor and Group Leader at the Cancer Control Group, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute H. Peter Soyer Professor of Dermatology, The University of Queensland Hassan Vally Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, La Trobe University Australians over the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 22, 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 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