Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 8th July, 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-----Really quite a busy week with the ADHA maintaining ‘silent running’ for now seven months and asking the good citizen of Toowoomba  about Digital Health Interoperability. See here:https://www.evensi.com/connections-consultation-digital-health-toowoomba-level-2-6-ann-street-city-qld-4350/317545966Other-wise the NBN,...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Is Dreaming If They Think Specialists Will Flock To And Use The #myHealthRecord.
This release appeared last week:Agency invests in local industry to design software for specialists4 July, 2019 - 9:00The Australian Digital Health Agency is partnering with Australian software organisations to design world leading software for specialists.The Agency has provided nine specialist software vendors with $40,000 to complete designs that seamlessly and securely integrate the My Health Record into their current systems to bring benefits to specialists, such as cardiologists or anaesthetists. In addition to funding, the Agency will provide design expertise to work with each vendor ’s design teams to co-prod...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 482 – Results – 7th July, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Is It Acceptable That The Australian Digital Health Agency Has Not Published Any Board Papers In Over Six Months?Yes 2% (3) No 96% (116) I Have No Idea 2% (2) Total votes: 121 Well that was pretty clear. The Board and the ADHA need to lift their game. There is no doubt that this secrecy is leading to distrust of the Agency and its CEO and senior staff. They are all complicit – and are another small brick in the ri sing wall of distrust between Government and its citizens. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A great turn out of votes. It must have been a p...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

For Your Information: It Is Now Seven Months Since The ADHA Published Some Board Notes!
FWIW - I reckon they are moving to catch up with North Korea, Russia and China on official secrecy! Just totally pathetic and unaccountable! David. p.s. Has any-one else noticed the news feed function on www.health.gov.au seems not to been providing an up-to-date listing of Health Department press releases. More of the same as above? D. 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 - July 6, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 6th July, 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/2019/06/matthew-gould-lhcre-gde-programmes/Matthew Gould confirms LHCRE and GDE programmes are here to stayThe CEO of NHSX has confirmed in a blog post that two flagship NHS digitalisation projects are here to stay.Hanna Couch – 24 June 2019Published on 24 June, ahead of NHSX’s official launch on 1 July, Matthew Gould, co...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 6, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Am Afraid We Are Rapidly Being Surrounded By Luddite Ignorant Tinfoil Hat Wearers!
This appeared last week:Protesters take to streets to fight 5G roll outClaim technology is "greatest threat to humanity we have ever faced"George Nott (Computerworld) 24 June, 2019 09:00 Protesters took to the streets in a number of locations on Saturday, against the roll-out of 5G.In Melbourne dozens of protesters walked from Flagstaff Gardens to Bourke Street Mall, stopping outside Telstra's head office in Exhibition Street.The protesters, wearing red with one wearing what appeared to be a tinfoil hat and another dressed as Santa, carried signs reading "Stop 5G" and "100 times more radiation, 100...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Claims Another Top Scalp In Queensland - Tough Gig Up There!
This appeared a few days ago.Queensland Health boss resigns amid hospital software rollout issuesBy Stuart LaytJune 25, 2019 — 5.43pmQueensland Health director-general Michael Walsh has announced he will resign, amid ongoing issues related to the rollout of new hospital software.Health Minister Steven Miles on Tuesday afternoon issued a media release announcing Mr Walsh would step down from his role in September, thanki ng him for his work.  “He has rebuilt frontline services, hired doctors and nurses and paramedics, and planned a massive hospital building program,” Mr Miles said in the statement.&ld...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 4, 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.
July 4, 2019 Edition.-----Well it looks like the world has survived the G20 meeting in Osaka with Trump and Xi agreeing to start working again on a trade agreement and a few concessions from both sides to calm and smooth the way. What happens with the Koreas will be interesting, but thus far it looks like a fizzer. July 4 with tanks is a bit of a change and many Americans are not impressed. Trump's damage to the global economy is a real worry and now South Korea / Japan are fighting the 1940's war about "comfort women" yet again. More damage to world trade..Brexit continues to be an absolute swamp!Mr Morrison has...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 4, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is A Valuable Set Of Tips From An Expert Who Has Seen Many Stuff Ups.
This appeared last week:7 steps to avoiding a human data breach Kate Gillman Ms Gillman is head of medicolegal advisory service at Avant. 27th June 2019Dramatic cyber-attacks may make the headlines, but in fact, simple human error accounts for more data breaches in the health sector than any shadowy figures.In the first year of the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) advised that health service providers reported the highest number of incidents, around 20% of all breaches.Of the breaches involving health service providers, more than half were due to human error.We &...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Do You Think This Review Will Throw A Spanner In The Works For The Nth Time?
This appeared last week:Crossing bordersSheshtyn Paola 26/06/2019There is a “pressing need” for real-time prescription monitoring in NSW, says coroner, following a man’s death after buying opioids in both ACT and NSWNSW needs to urgently join Tasmania, Victoria and the ACT in implementing real-time prescription monitoring, the ACT Chief Coroner Lorraine Walker has sai d following another opioid-related death.Jay Alan Paterson, 43, died in 4 September 2017 at Calvary Public Hospital in Canberra after experiencing a polypharmacy overdose related to opioid painkillers.Mr Paterson had injured his knee and had...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 3, 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 - Week 50.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: I have also broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy and security compromising and impacting announcements in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Can Anyone Confirm That Pulse+IT Has Been Bought Out By Clanwilliam Health?
Rumours are flying around that Pulse+IT has been purchased by Clanwilliam Health. Here is a link to the site: https://www.clanwilliamhealth.com/about-us The company has recently made some purchases in Australia and NZ - including Healthlink, the NZ system integrator and secure messaging provider. Does anyone else believe that this interest needs to be promptly disclosed to a void very considerable conflicts of interest? Comments welcome with more info! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David. (Source: Australian Health Information Technology)
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 1st July, 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-----Quite a busy week with the news of the loss of the Qld Health DG to the ongoing hospital software saga being on top. RTPM was also a feature with its non-progress.We have also seen releases of a lot of new apps and software changes in Health Departments.The 30th Anniversary of the internet in OZ also gets a mention.-----https://ww...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 1, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 481 – Results – 30th June, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Should The Government Prioritise Safe, Effective, Accessible, Technology-Enabled and Convenient Pharmacy Services For The Public Over The Financial Interests Of Members Of The Pharmacy Guild?Yes 92% (99) No 5% (5) I Have No Idea 4% (4) Total votes: 108 Well that was pretty clear. We are all being grossly inconvenienced by a few greedy pharmacists. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A great turn out of votes. It must have been a slightly hard question as 4 /108 reader s were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 30, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Are You Amazed At The Trivial Nature Of Recent Press Releases from the ADHA?
This appeared last week:Patients in Tweed Heads benefit as Advanced Radiology Clinics joins My Health Record25 June, 2019 - 9:00Patients in Tweed Heads are benefiting from more convenient and comprehensive access to their scan results as local radiology provider Advanced Radiology Clinics connects to the My Health Record system.Following patient consent, the results of scans and tests conducted at Advanced Radiology Clinics will be uploaded directly to the patient ’s My Health Record.Advanced Radiology Clinics is a small privately owned radiology group with four practices across the Tweed/Gold Coast area, includ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 30, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 29th June, 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/2019/06/bma-oppose-hancocks-ban-outdated-technology/Calls for BMA to oppose Hancock ’s ‘ill-conceived’ ban on outdated techSetting “arbitrary dates” to stop using outdated technology puts patients “at risk”, regional medical councils have said as they called on the BMA to oppose blanket polic...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

So Much For The Idea Electronic Medical Records Improve Care Co-Ordination. Not Really Suited For That Role!
This report appeared last week:Inquest into the death of Melissa King MinterEllison Australia June 20 2019 On 14 June 2019, the Coroner's Court of New South Wales released its findings into the death of Melissa King. The circumstances of her death highlight the risks associated with the use of electronic progress notes as a means of communicating concerns about the treatment decisions made in respect of patients.BackgroundMs King was 33 years old at the time of her death at Blacktown Hospital. On Wednesday 10 August 2016, she had called the National Home Doctor Service on account of having vomiting and diarrhoea for two to...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ACT Says That The #myHealthRecord Is Not Good Enough And Plans To Do Better. Is It Smart And Will It Work?
This appeared last week:Digital Health Record to change the lives of those with a chronic illness in CanberraBy Elise Scott Posted Sun 16 June, 2019 at 8:27am When Jen Sutherland winds up in the emergency department in debilitating pain, she is often forced to relay to the staff a decade of complicated medical history before she can be treated.Key points:The ACT plans to introduce a new single electronic system for patients$70 million has been set aside to build and implement the system over the next four yearsChronic illness sufferers have welcomed the decisionThe 27-year-old Canberran lives with Type 1 diabetes and en...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 27, 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.
June 27, 2019 Edition.-----We seem to be heading towards some sort of conflict with Iran. This can ’t be a good idea as far as I can tell. In the last week or so Trump has launched a cyber-attack on Iran and almost attacked physically – he is clearly out of hand! We have the G20 meeting on the weekend - may be a pretty dramatic meeting!Brexit is on hold while we see who becomes the British PM . Boris is favourite but seems to be beating up his girlfriend so it is hard to know just how it will all work out. Time will tell.In OZ the PM is on holiday so we are having a calm period – Parliament comes back nex...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 27, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Smacks Of Huge Ignorance Of The Truths Of Urgent Cardiac Care On The Part Of The ADHA.
This release appeared last week:My Health Record launches Rapid Access Cardiology Clinic testing19 June, 2019 - 9:00The Australian Digital Health Agency, in partnership with the University of Sydney, is pleased to launch a study into the use of My Health Record in Rapid Access Cardiology care.The Agency and the University of Sydney have launched the pilot to investigate how My Health Record can support the management of low to intermediate risk chest pain patients through the Rapid Access Cardiology Clinic (RACC) model, initially based at Westmead Hospital.The pilot aims to enhance the quality, safety and efficiency of car...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Another Digital Health Project Goes Very Over Budget And Very Late!
This popped up last week:WA's pathology provider needled for system delays, budget blowoutsBy Justin Hendry on Jun 20, 2019 6:50AM Behind schedule and risking legacy system outages.Western Australia ’s public pathology service PathWest has been blasted by the state’s auditor for the late-running and over budget overhaul of its legacy Ultra laboratory information system (LIS).The delay is also risking “potential system failure” with PathWest’s existing legacy LIS, which reached end of life a year before the replacement system project began in 2014.The state’s auditor-general said [pdf] on...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 26, 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 - Week 49.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: I have also broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy and security compromising and impacting announcements in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 24th June, 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 much busier week with all sorts of announcements and so on. It was especially rich on the security and NBN fronts.-----https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-16/digital-health-record-to-change-care-in-canberra/11212790Digital Health Record to change the lives of those with a chronic illness in CanberraBy Elise Scott Posted Sun at 8...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 480 – Results – 23rd June, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Should Pharmacy Assistants (Basically Unregistered Shop Assistants) Be Able To Access Patients' myHealthRecords? Yes 5% (6) No 95% (122) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 128 Well that was pretty clear – PAs have no business using the #myHealthRecord. Same goes for other non-registered staff I believe. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A great turn out of votes. It must have bee n a really easy question as 0 /128 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initia...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Grahame Grieve Provides Some Perspective On Secure Messaging And Axing The Fax.
This appeared a day or so ago and is published here with permission.Future of Secure Messaging in Australia Posted on June 19, 2019 by Grahame Grieve The Australian Digital Health Agency is working hard on a secure messaging project. This is a project to build out a working eco-system so that any clinician can send documents and messages to any other clinician in a secure fashion.There ’s multiple uses of the this kind of messaging:Sending Diagnostic Reports to the requesting physician, along with anyone else the physician asked to be notifiedSending Discharge Summaries Referrals from GP to special...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 22nd June, 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/2019/06/boots-launches-free-online-nhs-repeat-prescription-service/Boots launches free online NHS repeat prescription serviceBoots has developed a free online NHS repeat prescription service, in partnership with NHS Digital and NHS England.Hanna Crouch – 12 June 2019Launched in May, the service is available through the Boots ap...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 22, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Pharmacy Guild And Its Efforts To Preserve Their Profits Are The Reason You Can't Have Great And Useful Services Like This! Not Technology...
This appeared last week:Boots launches free online NHS repeat prescription serviceBoots has developed a free online NHS repeat prescription service, in partnership with NHS Digital and NHS England.Hanna Crouch – 12 June 2019Launched in May, the service is available through the Boots app and the company’s website.It uses technology from Wiggly-Amps Limited, a company which was acquired by Boots in January, and allows customers to directly order their repeat prescription from their GP record and have it sent to Boots for dispensing.It gives patients the convenience of ordering repeat prescriptions from their mobi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 21, 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.
June 20, 2019 Edition.-----Trump seems to be having some trouble just keeping up with all the issues that are swirling around him. The most worrying at present is the problem with various ships being attacked near Iran which the US is blaming on Iran. The truth is hard to sort out at present and we will need to wait and see. As far as the Trade War is concerned we have entered a high period where we could wind up with a permanently fractured world. Trump is just not fit to be President IMVHO! What is even worse his campaign for 2020 election has just begun - 500 days of agony to go!In the UK we await a new Conservative Par...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Is A Con Being Perpetrated On The Public Regarding Health Record Access. It Is Not Useful For Most!
This popped up last week:Having Access To Medical Records Is Useless For Most PatientsJune 7, 2019Anne ZiegerI knew up front that it would be ugly. After two years of treatment, a chronically-ill patient like me generates a lot of records, and I had every reason to expect that they would be disorganized and dense.Still, when I sat down to tackle the 600-odd PDF that Kaiser Permanente made available, I was pretty intimidated. Yeah, when I say this I can almost hear you thinking “well, duh!” but your warnings couldn’t prepare me emotionally for the document that I got.In any event, this encounter with my pe...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems The Committee For Economic Development Of Australia (CEDA) Can ’t Get Enough Of The ADHA And Its CEO.
I thought I was seeing double for a week or two but then I realized the ADHA CEO had been out and about all over spruiking Digital Health.Selected examples include:Digital health: a human imperativeVICMay 29Join Australian Digital Health Agency Chief Executive Tim Kelsey, for the latest update on the implementation of Australia ’s National Digital Health Strategy and the vision for digital health.SpeakersTim Kelsey, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Digital Health AgencyEvent overviewWhat are the big opportunities to integrate digital health services and improve patient health outcomes? We discuss the Agency&rsquo...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 19, 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 - Week 48.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: I have also broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy and security compromising and impacting announcements in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 18, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 17th June, 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 very news free week other than for the sad demise of Bridget Kirkham – always a driver of Digital Health activity for good.-----https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/paramedics-to-transfer-medical-records-en-route-to-hospital-20190614-p51xw5.htmlParamedics to transfer medical records en route to hospitalBy Alexandra SmithJun...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Do You Remember When The ADHA Regulations Were Changed To Allow Shop Assistant Access To The #myHealthRecord?
I spotted this last week:My Health Record: learning opportunity for PAsPharmacy assistants play an important role in helping customers obtain the medicines they need, and part of that process is using My Health Record in the supply of medicines and advice to customers.Often pharmacy assistants have well established relationships with customers, based on familiarity, time and the previous high-quality service they have provided.With the introduction of My Health Record, pharmacy assistants now have an opportunity to develop those relationships through helping pharmacists and customers get the greatest benefit from the syste...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 479 – Results – 16th June, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Given The Recent Serious Cyber Attacks On Australia (ANU, Parliament House etc.) Are You Concerned About The Vulnerability Of The Australian Health Sector - Including GP and the #myHR?Yes - Much More Needs To Be Done 96% (89) No - It Is All Under Control 4% (4) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 93 Well that was pretty clear – most think we need to lift our game. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A more than reasonable turnout of votes. It must have been a really easy question as 0 /93 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again,...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 15th June, 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/2019/06/skype-doctors-ae-visits-manchester/ ‘Skype doctors’ prevent 3,000 A&E visits in ManchesterUsing Skype to help older patients get faster care has prevented 3,000 avoidable A&E visits, according to NHS England figures.Andrea Downey – June 5, 2019The video calls have also freed up 2,000 GP appointments ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 15, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Not Only In Australia That We Are Seeing Lots Of Health Data Breaches.
This appeared last week:Senators query diagnostics companies victimized by data hacks Published June 06 2019, 3:18pm EDTA hack of healthcare data involving a medical bill collector and two major diagnostics companies is now attracting more questions from key members of Congress.American Medical Collection Agency, an Elmsford, N.Y.-based collections firm, has now been identified by two large diagnostics companies as the victim in a large healthcare data breach. On Tuesday, Laboratory Corporation of America —widely known as LabCorp—reported that 7.7 million patients’ accounts at AMCA were stored in the vuln...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 14, 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.
June 13, 2019 Edition.-----The big news this week has been Trump ’s on again, off again attack on poor old Mexico. The principle of using the threat of tariffs as a diplomatic Swiss Army Knife is deeply alarming. Trump sadly is now threatening tariffs on almost the whole world because he thinks they are so great.In the UK Theresa May is out and we await a succe ssor. No one has a clue where Brexit is up to. The Conservative Party is trying to sort out a new leader - and Boris J. is looking like the front runner!In OZ it is all about the AFP and attacks on the freedom of the press. Even those to the right of ScoMo are...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Bridget Kirkham - Service Arrangements For Friday 14 June, 2019.
Here is the announcement from the Herald: KIRKHAM Bridget Jane Passed away peacefully Aged 65 years Loving mum to Richard. "Always in our hearts". The family and friends of Bridget are warmly invited to attend a celebration of her life to be held in the Camellia Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium, 1 Plassey Road, North Ryde on Fri day 14 June 2019 commencing at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of floral tributes, please consider a donation to Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research. ----- I am told there will be a 45min service followed by a catered celebration of Bridget's life. David. This is the initial pa...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Some Sensible Notes From HISA On Cyber Security. Worth A Read.
This appeared a few days ago.Healthcare Executives and Employees Are Hacker Targets – 5 steps to Protect ThemJun 7, 2019 | Community of Practice HISA, cybersecurity, HISA AdvocacyTom CramptonCybersecurity Community of Practice Steering Committee MemberCyber criminal activity continues to spread rapidly across Australian businesses of all sizes and in all industries. Healthcare is no exception, and frontline employees and ‘C-suite’ executives are increasingly the prime targets. While businesses may feel overwhelmed by the growing risk of cyber attacks and criminal activity, there are simple things that can...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 12, 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 - Week 47.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: I have also broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy and security compromising and impacting announcements in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 11, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 10th June, 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-----It seems to have been a week of hacks and leaks, with AFP raids just to add spice to the going on.All this makes one worry about security etc. as well as wondering what to do about any juicy leaks that come your way. I suspect the Government is wanting you to just shut up – and not rock the boat.!-----https://ajp.com.au/news...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 478 – Results – 9th June, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Does Minister Hunt Have A Clue About Digital Health Or Is He Just Hostage To The Thinking, Beliefs And Attitudes Of The ADHA And The Department Of Health?He Is Fully Across Digital Health And Knows What He Is Doing. 0% (0) He Has Some Understanding But Can't Resist The ADHA's Evidence Free Claims, Spin And Propaganda. 52% (37) He Is An Uncritical And Ignorant Follower Of The AHDA Line. 48% (34) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 71 Well that was pretty clear – all think the ADHA is pretty much just doing its o wn thing – unconstrained by any real governance. We all know ho...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 9, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Does The ADHA Assume We Are All So Totally Stupid That We Can ’t See Through Blatant And Misleading Propaganda.
We had two press releases from the ADHA this week:First this:Record number of sign ups to My Health Record in Australian pharmacies5 June, 2019 - 9:45Australian pharmacies have signed up to the My Heath Record system in record numbers over the past year, according to new data released today by the Australian Digital Health Agency.In April 2018, prior to the beginning of the opt-out period, only 33% of pharmacies were registered with My Health Record, which climbed to 83% as at April 2019. Pharmacists are also uploading and viewing My Health Record more often, with a 667% increase in the number of dispense records uploaded ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 9, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Vale - Bridget Kirkham
It is with a heavy heart I let the Digital Health Community know that Bridget Kirkham, the former CEO of the MSIA, has passed away. She was a very good friend to me and many others and was very well known among our community and was a passionate advocate of the practical use of Digital Health. I send my condolences to her partner and son as I am sure does everyone. Feel free to post your reminiscences and condolences as a co mment to this post. With much sadness and a heavy heart! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David. (Source: Australian Health Information Technology)
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 8th June, 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.healthdatamanagement.com/news/data-still-vulnerable-for-healthcare-organizations-other-entitiesData still vulnerable for healthcare organizations, other entities By Joseph Goedert Published May 31 2019, 5:29pm EDTBad actors continue to experience success in gaining unauthorized access to protected health data and other types of business information.In...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Grahame Grieve Points Out Just How Hard Interoperability Can Be. There Are myHR Implications I Believe!
This appeared a day or so ago following up on a blog post a week or so back:Healthcare Interoperability Is Insanely Complex – That’s Why It’s Not Like an ATM MachineMay 30, 2019John LynnA couple of articles recently came across my virtual desk that really caused me to pause and think about healthcare interoperability. I’ve long known about many of the challenges of healthcare interoperability. I’ve often said t hat healthcare interoperability was not a technical problem, but a business problem. However, after reading these two takes on healthcare interoperability, I’d also add that it&rs...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Is A Prize For The Most Convincing Explanation For This Report!
This appeared last week:Revealed: one in five peers advise private business while serving in parliament Analysis finds 169 peers working as advisers and 15 paid by foreign governmentsDavid Pegg and Pamela DuncanSat 1 Jun 2019 02.00 AEST Last modified on Sat 1 Jun 2019 06.50 AEST One in five members of the House of Lords are working as consultants or advisers to private businesses at the same time as serving in parliament, the Guardian can reveal.An analysis of the Register of Lords ’ Interests shows 169 peers reported working as advisers earlier this year, with more than a dozen registering that they were also paid b...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 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.
June 6, 2019 Edition.-----Trump has now officially lost it I believe and is becoming a menace to global well-being with his tariff madness. This attack on Mexico for utterly spurious reasons is total policy overreach.In the UK there seems to be a large competition for the most poison of poisoned chalices to try and lead Brexit to some sensible conclusion now Mrs May has stood down. Just absurd!In OZ we seem to have recovered and we now have the race between ScoMo and Albo beginning. Will be an interesting contest indeed!----- Major Issues.-----https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/this-is-no-way-to-win-a-war/new...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 6, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Is The ADHA Setting Us All Up For The Mother OF All Confusion On Medication Lists?
The release from the ADHA came out a few days ago:Engaging pharmacists to enhance medicines safety30 May 2019: The Pharmacist Shared Medicines List is a new feature coming to My Health Record that provides a complete view of a consumer ’s medicines, including non-prescription and over the counter products. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s report Medicine Safety: Take Care cites some sobering statistics on medicines safety in Australia: 250,000 hospital admissions annually as a result of medication-related problems, at an annual cost of $1.4 billion. The good news is that half of these problems are thou...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 5, 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 - Week 46.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: I have also broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy and security compromising and impacting announcements in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 4, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs