An Amusing Cartoon On Data Leakage and myHR Opt-Out.
Love it! 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 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Stark Graphic Outlines The Consequences Of The Singapore Breach!
I spotted this from SingHealth - was worth posting I thought. What an amazing episode. A warning for all large data-bases. 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 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 21st July, 2018
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/2018/07/matt-hancock-health-secretary-cabinet-reshuffle-jeremy-hunt/Matt Hancock named as health secretary in cabinet reshuffleMatt Hancock has replaced Jeremy Hunt as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care with the departing secretary of state claiming his successor has a ‘brilliant understanding of the power of technology’.Hanna Crouch – Jul...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Singapore Suffers A Huge Health DataBase Compromise - Amazing Timing For Australia.
This was reported a few hours ago... Singapore suffers 'most serious' data breach, affecting 1.5M healthcare patients including Prime MinisterGovernment describes attack as "deliberate, targeted, well-planned" and assures no medical data has been tempered with, but security vendors warn compromised data may end up for sale on the Dark Web. By Eileen Yu for By The Way | July 20, 2018 -- 15:55 GMT (01:55 AEST) | Topic: Security  Singapore has suffered its "most serious" data breach, compromising personal data of 1.5 million healthcare patients including that of its Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong....
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Creates A Fanfare But Then Reveals It Is All Still A Work In Progress.
This appeared last week:https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/news/media-release-mhr-increases-path-di-connectionsMedia Release: My Health Record increases pathology and diagnostic imaging connections with Victorian and Queensland services11 July 2018Pathology and diagnostic imaging services such as blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, and MRIs help healthcare providers make diagnoses and monitor their patients ’ progress. An increasing number of healthcare providers and their patients are now benefiting from convenient, safe, and secure access to these reports via My Health Record where they may not have access to these re...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

My Health Record Thought For Friday!
Remember: There is no price to opting out - and you can rejoin whenever you want, but there is a risk for doing nothing and getting stuck in it with the associated risks.  Prudence would suggest you opt-out  for now! 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 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Real Clinical Computer Systems Can Make A Huge Difference - Pity The myHR Is Not One Of Them!
This appeared last week:Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford automates medication management to reduce adverse drug eventsIt has seen a 21 percent decrease in missed doses, a 66 percent reduction in wasted doses and zero reportable adverse events in the past 11 months.By Bill SiwickiJuly 06, 2018 01:11 PMLucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford initiated various safety interventions for medication administration. Moving from a daily medication cart fill – once every 24 hours – to multiple fills per day – every 2 to 3 hours – and implementing a barcode verification system for all medication...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Must See DIscussion Of Opt-Out From First Dog On The Moon - Very Well Informed!
Click this link, read and weep! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/19/opt-out-cassandra-the-information-technology-wobbegong-on-my-health-record 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 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.
July 19, 2018 Edition.-----Well Trump has really been on the warpath as an obnoxious bully this last week. He is actually turning out to be worse than I feared. With trade, NATO the UK and Putin what can I say. Loved that 12 Russians have been indicted by a Grand Jury for interfering big time  in the US election, especially as he has now met Putin in Helsinki. He should not have won I believe …. This view is confirmed by what happened next - bare-faced lies and all...Brexit has gone from bad to worse and Boris is gone to the backbench to plot.In OZ it is all about energy after the ACCC report on how we have all...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Tim Kelsey Keeps On Repeating An Apparent Fib? I Wonder Why?
This is a re-print of a late May 2018 blog. He keeps saying there have been no security breaches when the OAIC says there have been. Who do you believe? ----- Is Tim Kelsey Telling An Untruth Here Or Am I Missing Something? At the National Press Club last week Mr. Kelsey said the following in his prepared speech:----- Begin Extract.Tim Ke lsey:                         My Health Record has a range of protocols which mean that all instances of access by a clinician are attributable directly to that perso...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Are A Few Facts About The myHR That Seem To Have Been Missed.
This very interesting research note appeared a while ago but has some really important implications.Your Privacy, My Health HHG Legal Group Australia May 17 2018 It may be surprising to some that, in Australia at least, there is no fundamental right to privacy. There are laws that protect aspects of your confidential information, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and associated Privacy Principles, that impose sanctions on those who fail to properly deal with private data. Common law remedies also exist in theory, however there is no readily accessible statutory cause of action that allows a privacy breach victim to clai...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Another Big Reason To Consider Opting Out While You Can.
On the Drum last night a Panel Member (Dr Suelette Dreyfus, Melbourne Uni. I believe) made the point that those who sign up today are at risk of rule changes in the future. An example might be, for example, five years from now, it may be decided by Government that employers can have access to myHR records. Or is may be decided that insurance companies can access myHR data. Make up other undesirable scenarios for yourself.... Given that once the data is in the myHR i t can't be deleted, the only way you can protect yourself from this sort of regulation change in the future it to opt-out. Think about it. David. This is...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

What Do Consumers Really Want From Digital Health? A Bit More Than The myHR I Believe.
This appeared last week:What Do Patients, Consumers Want in Digital Health Tools?Ninety-two percent of patients said improving consumer experience should be a top goal when deploying digital health tools.By Sara HeathJuly 12, 2018 - As patients continue to assume the role of healthcare consumer, healthcare providers and payers are beginning to leverage healthcare technology that helps connect patients to their care. Those innovations, when utilized correctly, help drive an overall better consumer experience, according to a recent Black Book survey.The survey of nearly 650 healthcare consumers – 40 percent of who...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ABC Answers Some Questions On The myHR With A Few Points I Had No Idea About!
This summary appeared on Sunday 15 July.My Health Record: Your questions answered on cybersecurity, police and privacy Ariel Bogle - Science Reporter – ABC News – 15 July, 2018.Australians have lots of questions about My Health Record.Every Australian will soon have a My Health Record — an online summary of their health information — unless they opt out over the next three months.From Monday, Australians will have until October 15 to tell the Government they don't want one. Otherwise, a record will automatically be created. The project aims to give patients and doctors access to timely medical infor...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 16th July, 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 CommentThe big news today is that the myHR opt-out period starts today and goes for 3 months.If you have even the tiniest concern about just letting the government have and gather your personal health information I suggest you visit and read from the following link.https://privacy.org.au/campaigns/myhr/There are many reasons you may want to s...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Opt-Out Period Seems To Be Starting Pretty Badly.
Nothing fully verified but: 1. Phone calls to opt-out line are taking a long time to be answered if you can get on at all. Waits if 1.5 hours are being widely reported 2. The myGov portal seems to be up and down. 3. Some people are discovering a myHR they never knew they had, and finding some of the contents in error. I gu ess this is the legacy of those sign-up teams that hid in hospital foyers. I also note this is trending on Twitter: #MyHealthRecord @Asher_Wolf is Tweeting about this And so it goes on and on, on Twitter. Seems like a bit of a mess so far. David. This is the initial part of the post - ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Lot Of People Have Put A Lot Of Thinking Into Consideration Of The Risks And Benefits Of The myHR.
It has been an interesting week to watch various community and lobby groups come out with the pros and cons of opting out from the myHR.We have had everyone from the Scarlet Alliance (with a carefully thought out paper):http://www.scarletalliance.org.au/library/MyHealthRecords/To Crikey weighing in:https://www.crikey.com.au/2018/07/13/my-health-record-potential-data-breach/And a lot in between.Among the interesting ones have been:ABC Radio:http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/my-health-record-data-access-for-30-years-after-death/9989172Nine News:https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/07/12/14/32/medical-data-online-aust...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 431 – Results – 15th July, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Have Confidence In The ADHA Board To Lead Digital Health In Australia?Yes 2% (3) No 97% (145) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 149 Basically it seems no one thinks the ADHA board is up to it! I suspect the majority may just be right. What a spectacular fail! If anyone knows any of the Board members you might bring these results to their attention as you can be sure the A DHA Executive won't be publicising  them! Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, great turnout of votes! It must have been a very easy question as only 1/149 readers were not sure wha...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 14th July, 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/2018/07/happy-birthday-nhs-a-look-back-at-its-digital-milestones/Happy Birthday NHS: A look back at its digital milestonesAs NHS celebrates its 70th birthday today, professor Daniel Ray, director of data at NHS Digital, reflects on the three major milestones in data and technology that have  impacted the health service...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Looks Like The ADHA Has A Lot Of Work To Do To Persuade Clinicians Of The Benefits Of The myHR.
The following poll has been running on the AMA ’s Doctors Portal for a few days. As of midday June 8, 2018 here is what the poll reveals.My Health Record will improve patient outcomesStrongly disagree (52%, 105 Votes)Disagree (24%, 48 Votes)Neutral (12%, 25 Votes)Strongly agree (7%, 14 Votes)Agree (5%, 9 Votes)Total Voters: 201So 71% think the myHR will not improve patient outcomes while 12% think it will.What more can you say – the docs seem to think it is useless.On a related topic we have had a new statement about the myHR a few days ago from the College of GPs. Here it is:RACGP Position Statement: My Health...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 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.
July 12, 2018 Edition.Well the Trump Tariffs have started and China has responded and it still seems the world is on its axis.  What happens next who knows but Trump may be distracted by a huge blimp flying over London when he visits portraying him naked except for a nappy. Otherwise he just stirs bigotry and hate of the rest of the world as far as I can tell – listened to his Montana Speech a day or so ago – and found it deeply depressing. He is a master spinner and liar but is great at stirring up his alienated base.The UK seems to have found a Brexit compromise which might last a week.In OZ we seem to h...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Do You Think Minister Hunt Understands What The myHR Can And Can ’t Do. I Don’t.
Mr Hunt had a door stop interview with the ADHA, the Guild, a patient and a pharmacist or two.Transcript of Sydney DoorstopTranscript of Minister for Health, Greg Hunt's doorstop in Sydney regarding the A new digital trial to help patients better manage their medication after they leave hospital and My Health Record.3 July 2018 Topics: A new digital trial to help patients better manage their medication after they leave hospital; My Health Record GREG HUNT: Look I’m delighted to be here at the CBD Pharmacy with Jay the pharmacist and Jen and Michelle and (inaudible) who are behind the counter serving and all magnif...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Wonder Does The myHR Fall Under This Huge Contract With IBM?
This appeared last week:Updated Jul 5 2018 at 3:38 PM Experts question Turnbull government's $1b contract with IBM after census failby Andrew Tillett Information technology analysts have questioned the decision by the Turnbull government to award IBM a $1 billion contract after the 2016 census debacle.The deal, which covers the whole public service, raised concerns the deal could lock out rival vendors and fail to deliver value for money.The government has touted the five-year deal for delivering $100 million in savings and benefits for taxpayers taking advantage of the Commonwealth's buying power to lock in discounts on h...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Aust. Privacy Foundation Comments On The Imminent Onset Of myHR Opt-Out Period
-- Media Release -- Australian Privacy Foundation 11 July 2018 For Sale - Your Privacy and Your Health Data.  Did you know that the government is already buying health data from your GP? My Health Record (formerly known as the PCEHR) has been working since July 2012. Initially it was hardly used, which raises the question – if it’s so good why was it not promoted and used by GPs? Rather than address the many failings of the system the government decided to do two other things: The first was to change it from an opt-in system to an opt-out. That means rather than you choosing to be registered, the g...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Should The Government Have Spent Over Two Billion Dollars On The myHR And Still Not Know What It Is Good For?
As part of the excited ADHA announcement with the Health Minister we had the following:Digital Health Test Beds program Media release - Improving patient healthcare through digital trialsPatients from around Australia will benefit from 15 new projects that will utilise information from a consenting patient ’s My Health Record to improve the delivery of their healthcare.The $8.5 million Digital Health Test Beds program will trial new approaches in chronic health, palliative care, and post hospital support.Eastern Health and Monash University are undertaking a trial to help patients better manage thei r medication afte...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

With myHr Opt-Out Coming More Are Seemingly Concerned About The Personal Risks Of The System.
I came upon this a few days ago from The NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA)NUAA Statement on My Health RecordBelow is a statement by NUAA on the My Health Record — a new initiative by the federal government to create an online summary of your health data. A range of groups and experts have raised serious concerns about privacy and security of the data. Everyone will get the chance to opt-out over a three month period from July 16 to October 15, you can reg ister here to receive for information on opting out. At this stage, NUAA recommends if you have concerns, to opt out.Please read the statement for more inf...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 9th July, 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 huge week with all sorts of news from diverse sources as the opt-in / opt-out period arrives.Enjoy the long browse.-----https://www.healthcareit.com.au/opinion/privacy-digital-health-matters-trust-scandal-plagued-eraPrivacy in digital health: Matters of trust in a scandal-plagued eraTrent Yarwood and Justin Warren ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The myHR Has A New Logo - They Really Must Have Spent Up On This.
Here it is. What a piece of crock is that!!!! 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 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Don ’t Think Traditional Community Pharmacy Will Escape Digital Disruption And Patients Will Benefit I Believe.
This appeared yesterday.Dispensing disruption: Are pharmacies ready for digital rivals?By Nassim Khadem, Patrick Hatch7 July 2018 — 12:05amWhen Amazon announced its purchase last week of online pharmacy PillPack, which packages and delivers pre-sorted doses of prescribed drugs direct to consumers’ homes, major US-based pharmacies from CVS Health to Walgreens saw their share prices fall about 10 per cent.It was Amazon’s p lay at a slice of the United States’ booming prescription drug market that in 2016 totalled $US328.6 billion ($443 billion).It was also, possibly, a crystal ball into Australia&rsqu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 430 – Results – 8th July, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Is HealthEngine Doomed?Yes 41% (49) No 53% (63) I Have No Idea 7% (8) Total votes: 120 A pretty even split with survival just favoured. The changes that have been announced late last week may help a little. Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, great turnout of votes! It must have been a pretty hard question as 8/120 readers were 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 clicking on the title of the article. David. (Source: Australian Health Information Technology)
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Just To Point Out It Is Seven Months Since We Heard From The ADHA Board
Captured today at 1:30pm. Australian Digital Health Agency BoardDownload the latest Board Meeting - 6 December 2017 - Board Papers Mr Jim Birch AM, Chair is also Chair of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Deputy Chair of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Chair of Mary MacKillop Care SA and a board member of the Australian Red Cross Society, the Little Company of Mary Health Care and Cancer SA. He was formally a Partner in Ernst and Young having been the Global Health Leader. He has also been the Government and Public Sector Leader from 2012 until the end of 2014. Formerly Mr Birch was also the Lead Part...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 07th July, 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/2018/06/nhs-private-healthcare-data-records/NHS to log private healthcare data to address gaps in care recordsThe NHS will begin recording data from the private healthcare sector for the first time, in an attempt to bridge gaps in patient health records and improve the quality of available information.Owen Hughes28 June 2018An initia...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Concerns Regarding The Handling Of Health Information Is Reaching The Mainstream.
This appeared on Sunday:'You can ’t undo that damage': How safe is your health data?By Jennifer Duke1 July 2018 — 12:15amFor the next three months, Australians have the chance to stop the government creating a digital medical health record with their information.Among those planning to opt out is Monash University software engineering lecturer Robert Merkel, who has concerns about the safety of his information under the government's My Health Record system.  “I don’t think the security measures [health care providers have] are commensurate with the sensitivity of that data and the incentiv...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

If You Want To Opt-Out Of The myHR But Have An On-Line Health Record You Control Look No Further!
This appeared a week of so back.CareMonkey ranked first amongst Australian healthcare start-ups for online medical records 18 June 2018 CareMonkey named number one Australian medical and healthcare start-up in top 10 report released by medicalstartups.org.CareMonkey – the world’s fastest growing cloud platform for online medical records, forms and excursion management – ranked first in medicalstartups.org’s top 10 list of Australia’s best medical and healthcare start-ups.The report, titled Top 10 medical and healthcare startups in Australia, cited Car eMonkey’s ability to provide “...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 5, 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.
July 05, 2018 Edition.The big news in Trumpland is that he plans to have a Summit with President Putin in the middle of July. Heavens what could possibly go wrong with that! Elsewhere the various tariffs and retaliations are coming into force and even General Motors is worried about the potential harm.Worst news is that Trump is going to get to appoint another Supreme Court judge – that might be a disaster of the first order!In the UK Ms May looks like a dead PM walking.In OZ we have personal tax cuts but no major company cuts – they need more time to convince us / the Senate. Parliament is on leave for six wee...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Believe This Is Really Big News That Captures The Zeitgeist And Reveals A Shift In Public Attitudes.
This appeared last week:California Passes Sweeping Data-Privacy BillBy passing bill, legislature headed off a more restrictive ballot initiative that recently qualified to appear before voters in NovemberBy Marc Vartabedian Updated June 28, 2018 9:36 p.m. ET California lawmakers gave consumers unprecedented protections for their data and imposed tough restrictions on the tech industry, potentially establishing a privacy template for the rest of the nation.The law, which was rushed through the legislature this week and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, broadens the definition of what constitutes personal information a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Apparently New Versions Of The ADHA Strategy, Plan and Test Beds.
Was sent this a little earlier today: Does not seem to be much changed but does show all the planned test beds. · Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy · Framework for Action · Digital Health Test Beds program Enjoy the readings. Comments welcome. 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 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Was Sent An Interesting Press Release By Health Engine A Few Days Ago. Spin To The Max!
Here is what it said:MEDIA ALERT  29 JUNE 2018HealthEngine takes data privacy concerns on board, affirms commitment to best outcomes for patients Dr Marcus Tan, founder and CEO of HealthEngine, has written to HealthEngine practices and health industry peak bodies to put the record straight and reassure them with respect to recent media reports about HealthEngine ’s management of user data.Dr Tan said: “These reports have created the incorrect impression that the health and personal information of HealthEngine users is being widely shared with third parties without their knowledge. This simply is not ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 2nd July, 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 CommentWhat a week with HealthEngine all over and a range of other stuff. Enjoy the browse and wonder at the intensity of the annoyance at HealtEngine. Bluntly – they goofed. Well done ABC.-----https://simplysociology.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/what-do-australian-women-think-of-my-health-record/June 19, 2018 What do Australian women think...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Nice To Have Some Actual Data Regarding Feelings About The myHR Among The Public.
This appeared last week and is reproduced with permission:June 19, 2018 What do Australian women think of My Health Record?Leave a commentThe Australian government has met with difficulties in persuading Australians to register with its national electronic health record system, My Health Record. Just one in five Australians have a My Health Record. I have just submitted an article for peer review that reports on the findings from the Australian Women and Digital Health Project in which the participants talked about their attitudes to and experiences with My Health Record in interviews and focus groups. As the Austral...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 429 – Results – 1st July, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Has The ADHA Achieved The Breakthrough With Secure Messaging That Will See The Death Of The Fax In The Near Future?Yes 1% (1) Yes - But It Will Still Take Many Years To Replace The Fax 55% (71) No 43% (56) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 129 As clear cut as it goes – the fax will be with us for the foreseeable future, ADHA or not! Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, great turnout of votes! It must have been a very easy question as just 1/129 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 30th June, 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/healthcare-must-systematize-so-the-right-care-is-easy-to-provideHealthcare must ‘systematize’ so the right care is easy to provide By Greg SlabodkinPublished June 22 2018, 7:35am EDTAtul Gawande, MD, the newly named chief executive officer of the non-profit healthcare venture started by Amazon, Berkshire Hatha...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Professional Medical Organisations Are Starting To Think About AI And It Implications!
This appeared last week.AMA issues policy statement on use of ‘augmented intelligence’ By Fred BazzoliPublished June 18 2018, 5:20pm EDTThe American Medical Association is weighing in on the potential of what it is calling “augmented intelligence” in fields such as radiology and the practice of medicine by clinicians.The nation’s largest professional association for medical professionals issued its first policy addressing augmented intelligence at its annual meeting last week, adopting broad recommendations for health and technology stakeholders.The AMA action cites both the potential of innov...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 29, 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.
June 28, 2018 Edition.It has been a big week in the US with Immigration Policy causing much grief for President Trump. It is now only 5 months till the mid-term elections and the divides are deepening it seems. Amazingly he seems now to want to visit with President Putin and is making arrangments – I wonder how badly that might go!The news in OZ is that the personal tax cuts being phased in over 7 years have been passed and are law. Now for company tax cuts they are saying - but they have not got support for it and Shorten is in repeal mode so nothing will happen until spring. In other new s Albo seems to be going af...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems Mobile Health Still Has A Way To Go To Fully Prove Itself And Define Its Place.
This appeared last week:AHIP keynoter cites lack of evidence that mHealth works By Greg Slabodkin Published June 21 2018, 7:44am EDT There is a lack of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of mobile healthcare interventions for improving the health outcomes of patients. That’s the contention of Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, who holds a joint position in the University of Pennsylvania’s Whart on School of Business and the School of Medicine, where he chairs the Department of Medical Ethics& Health Policy. “There’s just not a single study that shows that any wearable, connectable smartphone, wi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Seems Like A Reasonable Idea To Get The Blokes To See A Doctor Occasionally.
This appeared last week:Tamworth company develops app for men's health14 June 2018Men of all ages will be reminded to take regular health check-ups to stay healthy and out of hospital with the assistance of a new app developed by a Tamworth company with the backing of the NSW Government.Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson helped launch the 'PromptMate' app in the lead-up to Men ’s Health Week next week.The app has been developed by ManageHealth with the support of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) grant from the NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW.'This app PromptMate will be like a tap on the shoulder for men to touch ba...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Tangled Thinking About The myHR Is Just Getting Worse - This Idea Might Bite Back!
This appeared a few days ago.Think you're busy now? More work uploading e-health summaries is on the cards Department of Health expected to 'lift the bar' for e-PIP qualification, adviser saysAntony Scholefield and Paul Smith20th June 2018GPs could be forced to upload more shared health summaries to qualify for the Practice Incentives Program eHealth Incentive when My Health Record becomes opt-out in December. Dr Steve Hambleton, a Brisbane GP and adviser at the Australian Digital Health Agency, says he expects the Department of Health to “lift the bar” for the so-called e-PIP. When the requirement to...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Here Are The Reasons You May Decide To Opt Out Of Or Inactivate Your myHR.
I thought I would put together my 12 top reasons to stay away or inactivate. Here is my list of reasons: 1. The Information in the record may be out of date or incomplete and thus be misleading – leading to mistakes or clinical harm. I.e. it is dangerous! 2. If inactivated or opted out no additional – and potentially unwanted or embarrassing – data will be added to your myHR. 3. Once your information is in the myHR the Government can use it for any purpose it likes without actually asking you. 4. There is no reason to suppose your data held in the myHR will be held secure and private and not breache...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Guess This Means The Federal Government Is Moving Forward With RTPM.
This popped up last week:Health to build national data exchange for prescription trackingBy Justin Hendry on Jun 21, 2018 6:54AM For real-time monitoring system.The Department of Health will establish a national data exchange for transferring prescription information between states and territories in real-time.The exchange is the first piece of work for the national prescription monitoring system, which was funded with $16.4 million last year to target the misuse of certain prescription drugs.The system will be used to instantly alert pharmacists and doctors if a patient has previously been supplied with prescription-only ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 25th June, 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 CommentOther than the much ballyhooed ‘Death of the Fax’ a quiet week I believe.The first article is the pick of the bunch!-----https://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/think-youre-busy-now-more-work-uploading-e-health-summaries-cardsThink you're busy now? More work uploading e-health summaries is on the cards Department of Health...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs