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

HealthEngine Seems To Be In A Great Deal More Trouble All Of A Sudden.
This appeared a few hours ago:Medical appointment booking app HealthEngine sharing clients' personal information with lawyersBy Pat McGrath, ABC InvestigationsJune 25, 2018Australia's biggest online doctor's appointment booking service, HealthEngine, has funnelled hundreds of users' private medical information to law firms seeking clients for personal injury claims.Key points:HealthEngine has boasted to advertisers it can tailor advertising to patients' symptomsThe Australian startup says it only shares information with users' consentBut if a patient wants to use the app, there is no opportunity to opt-out of the fine p...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Would Be Nice To Have The Facts On Secure Messaging Without The Spin! Look More Closely And We Get Facts And There Is A Long Way To Go! Baby Steps!
This press release appeared last week from the ADHA.Media release - Industry collaborates to end the era of the fax machineJune 18, 2018Out of date and unsecure fax machines are being used to share patient information between healthcare providers, despite other sectors discarding them over a decade ago. Not only do fax machines cause frustration for healthcare providers trying to communicate with each other, they can also cause patient harm. In May 2018, a coroner ’s report revealed that Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient Mettaloka Halwala died alone following chemotherapy complications. His medical test results were f...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 428 – Results – 24th June, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.On Balance, Do You Believe AI Technology Will Improve Healthcare Capabilities, Safety And Quality Over The Next Few Years?Yes 12% (16) Yes - But It Will Take Many Years 85% (117) No 3% (4) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 138 As clear cut as it goes – Pretty much every-one says AI is important but overwhelmingly think the impact will take time to emerge! I have to say I am not so sure….. Any insights welcome as a comm ent, as usual. A really, great turnout of votes! It must have been a very easy question as just 1/138 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 23rd 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://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/could-artificial-intelligence-take-the-art-out-of-medicine/Could Artificial Intelligence Take the Art out of Medicine?As health care becomes more complex, technological and data-driven, there ’s a risk physicians will lose some of their autonomyBy Pamela E. Hepp on June 14, 2018It has been said that the prac...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Some Interesting Questions Worth Thinking About Around AI In Healthcare.
This appeared a few days ago.Could Artificial Intelligence Take the Art out of Medicine?As health care becomes more complex, technological and data-driven, there ’s a risk physicians will lose some of their autonomyBy Pamela E. Hepp on June 14, 2018It has been said that the practice of medicine is both an art and a science. For example, different patients react differently to the same medication for the treatment of anxiety, and what works for one patient will not work for another. It can be a trial-and-error process to find the correct medication and optimum dosage. Why do side effects to medications or complication...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

An Interesting Article Regarding How People Search For Health Information On Line.
This appeared list week.Looking online for info on your child ’s health? Here are some tips June 11, 2018 6.05am AEST Most parents look online for information about their child ’s health. from shutterstock.com AuthorsKaren Scott Patrina Ha Yuen Caldwell Many parents can be anxious when their child is sick. So looking online for health information can help them understand their child’s medical condition and take an active role in treatment. Seeking health information ca n also be a coping strategy for parents coming to terms with their child’s illness. But parents have reported being worried abo...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 21, 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 21, 2018 Edition.After last week it is hard to be sure just what comes next other than there seems to be more and more sabre rattling on trade with China, Canada and the EU. It is more than possible this ends badly.In OZ we have a fevered 2 weeks of parliament and the Royal Commission starts up next week in Brisbane – so lots of headlines to cope with there!-----Here are a few other things I have noticed.-----Major Issues.https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/economists-male-upper-class-out-of-touch-20180609-p4zkj0.htmlEconomists: male, upper class, out of touchBy ROSS GITTINS10 June 2018 — 6:27pmCou...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Magical Thinking Is Given A Whole New Meaning By This Release And Report.
This was released a few days ago:Digital health to transform Australia ’s health system and save lives MEDIA RELEASE Australia now has many of the building blocks in place to roll out a digitally enabled health system that could transform care services, an expert report has found.The report, developed after an expert roundtable initiated by the Consumers Health Forum and The George Institute for Global Health, says “the time is now ripe” to support the expansion of digital health technology in vital areas including chronic care and residential aged care.The report is based on discussions held by around 40...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Digital Health On The Australian Stock Market - A Mixed Bunch Indeed.
This appeared last week.Digital Health Stocks Win From Technology and Health Care BoomBy Bob Kohut | 11.06.2018Many Investors with the time and temperament to manage their own portfolios of individual stocks gravitate towards high growth opportunities.  After all, given the effort required to research individual stocks, why not look for outstanding rewards?  For the risk averse with little inclination for individual stock research there are mutual and exchange traded funds.Business sectors with the proverbial “tailwinds” at their backs and newcomers with business models set to disrupt traditional ways...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Might Be Another Reason You Might Want To Stay Out Of The myHR.
This appeared a few days ago.MBS access on the way?Megan Haggan — 15/06/2018Pharmacists having access to MBS items may be a step closer, PSA national president Dr Shane Jackson has hintedSpeaking at the opening session of ConPharm 2018, the Annual Consultant Pharmacy Seminar, Dr Jackson highlighted three areas of opportunity for accredited pharmacists – one of which is MBS access.“Only three weeks ago I wrote to the chair of the MBS Review Taskforce, Professor Bruce Robinson, and highlighted again the glaring disparity where pharmacists are not able to be included on the list of allied health professional...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Older Australians Mostly Comfortable With Sharing Data For Health Research.
This article appeared last week:Data sharing OK say older Australians, as MyHealth Record extends to allBy Tessa Hoffman13 Jun 2018Two thirds of older Australians say they are comfortable having their de-personalised medical data used for research purposes, according to a new survey.The survey, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health,  asked 2000 Australians aged 55 and over if they found it acceptable to have data that had been collected during their aged care assessment de-identified, collected and used for health research.A total of 66.7% of participants replied ‘yes’ with&n...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 18th June, 2018.
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Very Interesting Podcast From The Financial Times On Health Data Sharing And The GDPR.
This appeared last week:How can we make best use of health data?Should medical data be treated differently from other personal data, and what impact will Europe ’s new GDPR rules have on medical research and health tech companies? Darren Dodd puts these questions to the FT’s Sarah Neville, Tina Woods of Collider Health and data protection and privacy expert Kristof van Quathem. Here is the link:https://www.acast.com/ft-news/howcanwemakebestuseofhealthda ta-?autoplayThis is very interesting and also reminds us of the NHS care.data fiasco. 13+ minutes well spent.David. This is the initial part of the post - read...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 427 – Results – 17th June, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Should The Police Have Warrant-less Access To Real-Time Prescription Monitoring Information When It Is Implemented?Yes 1% (2) No 99% (144) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 146 As clear cut as it gets – the view among our readers is that warrant-less access is a definite no-no! Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, great turnout of votes! It must have been a very easy question as just 0/146 re aders 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 cl...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is Looking Like It Could Be A Pretty Big Change. I Wonder Can They Get It Right?
This appeared last week:Australians to soon get myGovID single government identityThe first of several pilot programs using a beta version of a myGovID will begin in October, the federal government confirmed on Tuesday.By Asha McLean | June 12, 2018 -- 03:46 GMT (13:46 AEST) | Topic: Innovation Minister for Human Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation Michael Keenan has offered further detail on Australia's digital identity, announcing the myGovID at the National Press Club on Tuesday.In a statement, Keenan said having 30 different log-ins for government services is "not good eno...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 16th 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://patientengagementhit.com/news/onc-adds-patient-generated-health-data-to-patient-engagement-guideONC Adds Patient-Generated Health Data to Patient Engagement GuideThe guide now also explains how healthcare organizations and providers can collect and leverage patient-generated health data.By Sara HeathJune 07, 2018 - The Office of the National Coordina...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Our Health System Looks To Be At A Crossroad In Terms Of Sustainability. Digital Health Is Almost Certainly NOT The Answer!
This appeared late last week:Clinics, hospitals and policies in need of intensive careThe Australian12:00AM June 6, 2018Sean ParnellTo look at it, Australia ’s health system is, for the most part, healthy. Our practitioners are among the most talented and well-regarded; our hospitals are kept to a high standard; public and universal ­access has served us well; and Medicare remains a trusted brand.On face value, the health system is what keeps Austral ians happy and active: our average life expectancy is among the highest in the world. But test the system’s vital signs and you soon realise things aren’...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 15, 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 14, 2018 Edition.Thanks to Trump the G7 Summit has concluded in chaos. Canada is now a US enemy and the world has drifted of it axis.... In Singapore the NK Summit has concluded with a points decision to Kim and DJT looking to have been rather played. Concrete progress is what we need to see now so we are again in the 'time will tell' mode. In the UK Brexit is getting messier and messier and it is hard to know where it will wind u p. In OZ we are to have a national apology to the victims of child sexual abuse and the endless bye-election campaign drags on! Also we are seeing some rumblings from the Reserve Bank t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Does Anybody Know Where This Is Actually Up To Now We Are Into June 2018.
This popped up a few days ago:Australia to create a connected health service through the National Health Interoperability RoadmapBy: Teresa UmaliPublished: 4 Jun 2018Interoperability is an ongoing issue in an individual ’s health record information. With the information fragmented across providers, some even stored as hard copies or scanned copies, retrieval of which becomes difficult especially during critical times. With the development of a National Health Interoperability Roadmap by December 2018, this can be solved.An announcement from the Australian Digital Health Agency highlighted the government’s plan ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Digital Divide Is Very Wide And Deep But The ADHA Does Not Seem To Care.
This report details findings of a combined quantitative and qualitative study which aimed to understand the current behaviour and perceptions towards digital devices and internet amongst people aged 50 years and over.The quantitative component involved 3,602 nationwide telephone surveys using a Random Digit Dialling (RDD) approach. The sample achieved delivers a statistically representative sample that provides insight into people aged 50 years and over in terms of their behaviour and attitudes towards digital devices, e.g. smartphone, desktop computers etc., and the internet. Fieldwork was conducted from 25 May 2017 to 26...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 12th 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 CommentAll sorts seem to be going on with most States having some news. Interestingly we are seeing more and more negative commentary regarding the consistency and credibility of the ADHA and the opt-out. They seem to have more than one answer to a lot of questions – not sure why?-----https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Is This A Try On, Or Are The Serious In Provoking Some Severe Avoidance Behaviour?
This appeared last week:Bid to give police access to real-time S8 script data Patient information would help them identify 'criminal entrepreneurs'Antony Scholefield6th June 2018Patient information contained in the upcoming national real-time script monitoring system would be handed to police investigators under a proposal from the criminal intelligence agency.The system, which will alert doctors about to prescribe S8 drugs of previous scripts, has long been seen as the key to stopping doctor-shoppers and reducing the misuse of addictive medicines. The Federal Government announced funding for a national system in July...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Pair Of Nice Long Reads On The myHR To Assist In Opt-Out Decision Making.
Given it is a holiday weekend I thought I would have a little break and let two other authors discuss the issues.First we have Leanne Wells writing on Croaky.An important overview of the pros, cons and questions about My Health RecordEditor: Melissa Sweet Author: Leanne Wells on: June 06, 2018 In: consumer health information, Croakey longreads, digital technology, e-health, Healthcare and health reformBy the end of 2018, a My Health Record (MHR) will be created for every Australian unless they choose not to have one.This major development brings potential benefits – but also raises complex questions for individuals t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

HealthEngine Comes Out Of The Bunker And Apologises Unreservedly.
This appeared a little while ago:HealthEngine chief 'unreservedly apologises' for editing patient reviews By Esther Han11 June 2018 — 12:42pmIn numbers·         "Positive customer feedback" of GPs on HealthEngine's website. 47,900 ·         Reviews that have been edited. 53% ·         Medical practices listed on the website that have reviews. 1840 The chief executive of HealthEngine, the online GP booking business at the centre of a review-tampering controversy, has ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Let ’s Call A Spade A Spade! On The Face Of It This Is Misleading And Deceptive Conduct Isn’t It?
This appeared earlier today:'Very poor': GP booking service HealthEngine sanitises patient reviewsBy Esther Han10 June 2018 — 12:00amIn numbers·         "Positive customer feedback" of GPs on HealthEngine's website. 47,900 ·         Reviews that have been edited. 53% ·         Medical practices listed on the website that have reviews. 1840Australia's largest online GP booking business HealthEngine has been caught dramatically altering negative patient reviews and publi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 426 – Results – 10th June, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Does The ADHA Have The "Social License" (Public Support, Confidence, Trust, Understanding etc.) To Introduce The Near Universal myHR?Yes 3% (5) No 97% (160) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 165 As clear cut as it goes – the view among our readers is that the ADHA has not earned to trust it needs! Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, great turnout of votes! It must have been a very easy question as just 0/165 r eaders were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 9th 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.digitalhealth.net/2018/05/breast-cancer-screening-error-thousands-more/Breast cancer screening error ‘may have affected thousands more’The breast cancer screening error may have affected thousands more women across England, one researcher at Kings College London has claimed.Hanna Crouch – 31 May 2018Jeremy Hunt told MPs in May that a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AI Continues To Break Out All Over And So Do Its Implications.
There have been all sorts of articles on AI appear this week that are worth noting.First we have Henry Kissinger …Jun 1 2018 at 9:00 AM Human society isn't ready for artificial intelligenceIs it possible that human history might go the way of the Incas, faced with a Spanish culture incomprehensible and even awe-inspiring to them? Were we at the edge of a new phase of human history? by Henry Kissinger Three years ago, at a conference on trans-Atlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session – it lay outside my usual concerns –...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 8, 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 07, 2018 Edition.On the international front it seems Italy now has a government, Spain has managed a transition and Trump says (for now ) he is going to Singapore while applying tariffs on all his friends. The man is a bloody menace I reckon.In OZ One Nation appears to be imploding,  the ACCC is bringing criminal charges against the ANZ and two international investment banks and Barnaby appears to have also imploded and gone on extended leave.The Productivity Commission Report on Superannuation is an amazing document which needs a major response to fix the issues raised.The Financial Services Royal Commission aga...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Just Thumbs Its Nose At Proper Disclosure!
Checked at 11.00am today: Australian Digital Health Agency BoardDownload the latest Board Meeting - 6 December 2017 - Board PapersSo they are happy to go 1/2 a year with no Board disclosure. As with the Digital Baby Initiative - more disclosure would likely foster more support and the secrecy makes one wonder what they ha ve to hide? Clearly they don't give a fig about their stakeholders. Just hopeless. 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 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Has Me Rather Scratching My Head - I Wonder Where It Actually Fits?
This appeared last week.Digital Baby Book Budget boost for parentsInvestments in digital technologies and children ’s health will have long term benefits for Australians.29 May 2018The 2018 Federal Budget, announced on 8 May, is notable for its emphasis on long--term investments in the health of Australians, particularly in children’s health and digital health technologies. Better health from day oneNew pare nts currently receive a hard copy “blue book” to record and track their children’s health and immunisation milestones, but this will be phased out in favour of a digital record next year. ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Some Fun myHR Statistics To Make You Think!
As at May 29 the following are what we are being told.Here is the link to the latest one:https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/about/my-health-record-statisticsA few numbers: Consumers registered      5,821,864 Clinical Document Uploads          5,864,519So that means that each consumer has on average just 1 clinical document on their record.About 30% only actually have a Shared Health Summary. This means that since 2012 at best 7% of the population have a Shared Health Summary uploaded and some could be 3 or 4 years old!!What is compelling in the stati...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

These ADHA Test Beds Are Interesting But Sadly May Be Focused On The Narrow myHR Mindset.
A week or so ago an EOI appeared from the ADHA. (16 May, 2018Media release - Digital test beds to drive change in healthcareHealth technology organisations, clinicians, patients and health service managers are driving innovation and developing creative solutions to improve how health services are delivered. These ideas often give life to the next solution, which can improve safety, drive health efficiency, and enable choice and control for patients.The Australian Digital Health Agency is calling for proposals for innovative test beds that can be rigorously reviewed and then scaled nationally. These pioneering initiatives w...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Is Telling Those Who Asked To Opt-out Where To Next!
I was forwarded this e-mail just now - so the process seems to have started. ------ My Health Record Opt-out Dates My Health Record opt-out datesHello, You are receiving this email because you registered your email address at myhealthrecord.gov.au to find out more information about how to opt-out of the My Health Record system. If you do not want a My Health Record, you must register your choice between 1 6 July and 15 October 2018 during the opt-out period. It is not possible to opt-out of having a record before the opt-out period starts. The opt-out period will not apply to individuals who have previously chosen t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

An Article From The Information Age of the Aust. Computer Society Reveals Some Concerns With The myHR.
This well researched and referenced article appeared last week.You have 3 months to opt out of electronic health recordOtherwise, the government will simply create one for you.By David Braue on May 29 2018 11:16 AM After years of trying carrots, the federal government is getting out the stick by controversially forcing all Australians to opt out of the My Health Record (MHR) program or have one automatically created for them by year ’s end.Some 5.7 million Australians have so far joined MHR, which was created in 2016 in a realignment of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) project – which ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Here Is The Proof That When You Do Things Right You Don ’t Need Compulsion and Opt-out.
This appeared last week:More than 1.3 million GP appointments booked onlineMonday, 28 May 2018  eHealthNews editor Rebecca McBethMore than 1.3 million GP appointments have been booked online via a patient portal in New Zealand.More than 400,000 repeat prescriptions have also been ordered electronically, saving patients a phone call or visit to their GP.Figures gathered by eHealthNews from New Zealand ’s three main patient portal providers reveal that patients are increasingly using digital services to communicate with their GP practice.Around 550,000 of New Zealand’s 4.5 million patients (12 per cent)...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 4th 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 CommentSenate Estimates happened and discussion of the opt-out plan continued. Good to see there is a reasonable about of discussion. Other fun things included for amusement.-----https://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/better-nothing-gp-early-adopter-reflects-six-years-my-health-record'Better than nothing': A GP early adopter reflects on six...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Really Thought It Would Take Longer Than This. Already Some Are Wanting To Circumvent The myHR Secondary Use Framework.
This appeared yesterday.Updated Jun 1 2018 at 11:00 PM Health insurers hopeful of My Health Record data accessTyde founder Romain Bonjean with Tyde investor Dean McEvoy, believes the best way to approach the member is to ask directly for consent to access this personal data. by Carrie LaFrenz Private health insurance companies remain hopeful the federal government will reconsider a ban on them accessing sensitive data contained in the new digital My Health Record system, arguing they should not be lumped in with life and general insurers. Health Insurers want access to anonymised data on a "secondary&qu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 425 – Results – 3rd June, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll. Do You Believe The ADHA Will Actually Spend $100 Million (As Claimed By Tim Kelsey) To Alert People To The myHR Opt-Out Period etc? Yes 74% (107) No 23% (33) I Have No Idea 3% (4) Total votes: 144 All I can say you are a trusting lot. My reading is that $100M is a bit of a fudge but there you go! From one report: “The Agency has committed over $114m to consumer communication activities including: o $27.75m to support the developme nt, design and delivery of communications collateral and support o $52.38m has been allocated to support education and training for all register...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 2nd 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.digitalhealth.net/2018/05/data-security-and-protection-toolkit-launched/Toolkit launched to ensure patient data is handled correctlyA new online self-assessment tool that enables organisations to measure their data security against national standards has been launched.Hanna Crouch – 22 May 2018The Data Security and Protection Toolkit, which...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

For Those Who Have Not Kept Up With The Goings On At Telstra Health.
This appeared a little while ago.Updated May 18 2018 at 11:00 PM Did Andy Penn cost Telstra shareholders $46 billion?by Aaron Patrick Andy Penn's timing couldn't have been worse. When the slick-haired accountant accepted what should have been the crowning job of his stellar career – chief executive officer of Telstra – the phone giant's share price was about to create a shareholder wasteland.….. Most of article omittedThrowing around cashIn the past, Telstra hasn't helped by engaging in behaviour classic to big companies fearful of structural decline: throwing cash arou nd.Penn inherited one of Thodey's ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - June 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs