I Am Not Sure The ADHA Fraud Policy Cuts The Mustard – Your View?
This appeared recently on the ADHA siteReporting fraudWhat is fraud?The Commonwealth defines fraud as "dishonestly obtaining a benefit, or causing a loss, by deception or other means". In this definition, "benefit" can be money or objects, power, status or information.Reporting fraudThe Australian Digital Health Agency is committed to preventing fraud in all aspects of its business. If you suspect fraudulent activity within a program administered by the Agency, you should report it.How to report fraudYou can provide information about suspected fraudulent activities or unethical behaviour by:emailing: fr...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 21, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Spinner Alert - The ADHA Claims Success With Opt-Out When It Is Really An Amazing Failure Of Public Acceptance!
This release just appeared:9 out of 10 Australians to have a My Health Record20 February 2019The Australian Digital Health Agency has today announced that 9 out of 10 Australians will have a My Health Record following the conclusion of the opt-out period.Based on the number of people eligible for Medicare as at 31 January 2019 (25,459,544), the participation rate is 90.1 per cent, with a national opt-out rate of 9.9 per cent. While the opt-out period ended on 31 January 2019, Australians are able to cancel and have their My Health Record permanently deleted from the system at any time in the future. Similarly, individ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Looks Like A Mixed Good News - Bad News Story On Prescription Monitoring.
First the good news:SafeScript proves its mettle in first four months System alerts pharmacists about thousands of patients at riskHeather Saxena13th February 2019Victoria ’s SafeScript system appears to be proving its value, with pharmacies and doctors receiving alerts about more than 7000 patients at risk in the past four months.The first phase of the project started in the Western Victorian Primary Health Network (PHN) in October. Initial department of health dat a provided to the Pharmacy Guild show that:Overall, SafeScript has picked up 7432 patients at increased risk.There have been 4348 alerts to doctors and...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On The MyHR Debate And Related Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 31.
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 broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy compromising and impacting anno uncements in a week – along ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 19, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Senate Estimates Alert - Tomorrow 20/2/2019 - Session From 12.30 PM For The ADHA
Go to www.aph.gov.au to watch proceedings via webcast. 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 - February 19, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 18th February, 2019.
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 18, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 462 – Results – 17th February, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Is A Large-Scale Data Breach Of The #myHealthRecord Virtually Inevitable Over The Next Few Years?Yes 95% (122) No 4% (5) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 128 What an clear-cut poll. Most seem to think that despite the ADHA assurances the #myHealthRecord is likely to be breached at some point soon. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A more than reasonable turnout of votes! It must have been a pretty easy question as just 1/128 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Blog Readers Provide Additional Information Regarding A Very Worrying Article Around The ADHA And Its Attitude To Honesty And Transparency.
This appeared a day or do ago.My Health Record 'minor glitch' still generating thousands of pages of internal files Exclusive: agency in charge wants to charge $14,000 to release details of documentsChristopher Knaus and Nick EvershedFri 15 Feb 2019 11.33 AEDT Last modified on Fri 15 Feb 2019 12.28 AEDT Thousands of pages of internal documents are still being created about a My Health Record technical glitch that the government said was minor and resolved years ago.But the agency in charge of My Health Record wants to charge $14,000 to release details on the files through Australia ’s freedom of information regime.Gu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 16th February, 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/2019/02/unappy-times-the-challenges-facing-the-nhs-app/Un ’appy times – the challenges facing the NHS AppThe NHS App that launched at the end of December is a prestige project on the road to NHS digitisation, championed first by Jeremy Hunt and now by Matt Hancock. But it ’s just lost two of its key leaders and...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The College Of GPs (RACGP) Takes A Look At Technology Use In The Sector. Some Interesting Alleged Findings.
This popped up a little while ago.The RACGP ’s technology survey results are inThe survey explored knowledge and experience of eHealth technologies, barriers and drivers, and education and training needs.The RACGP’s Views and attitudes towards technological innovation in general practice: Survey report 2018 incorporates results from the 1 762 GPs who participated in the survey.The survey is designed to gain insights into GPs’ use of technology in Australia, assist the RACGP in understanding what systems are being used, where future investment is needed and the key technology challenges faced by general pr...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 15, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Despite The Move To Opt-Out Having Happened The #myHealthRecord is Still Likely To Struggle.
I thought I would see what the docs were feeling about the myHR right now on the MJA website.Here is what I found.PollMy Health Record: staying in or opting out?Opting out (73%, 405 Votes)Staying in (27%, 153 Votes)Total Voters: 558This snapshot was taken 10 February, 2019 Start Date: August 6, 2018 @ 12:05 am End Date: No ExpiryHere is the link:https://insightplus.mja.com.au/polls/?poll_page=3The short answer is that from a reasonable sample size not many want a bar of it.It will be interesting to see what is needed to turn round the medical perception that the present system is a load of unusable rubbish.David. This ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General Among Other Things.
February 13, 2019 Edition.-----The big news in the next few months will be from OZ as we see a NSW State election followed by a Federal Budget and election. That will keep us all busy for the next little while! Worse politics federally has gone totally feral with Border Security issues at fever pitch. The Government also lost a vote in the House and are mightily annoyed!Trump is off to Vietnam to meet with Kim again and is seemingly more and more unhinged. Relationships with China are not good and probably getting worse as the world economy slows. A new shutdown and worse tariffs also in the mix. Brexit is still not fixed ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Security Of Computers In The Health Sector Is Looking Like A Bit Of A Joke!
This appeared a few days ago:The last quarter of 2018 saw more Australian data breaches than everDavid Braue (CSO Online) on 07 February, 2019 14:27Years of investment in security have failed to stem the number of data breaches affecting Australian companies, with new figures bringing to 812 the number of compromises reported since the notifiable data breaches (NDB) scheme went into effect nearly a year ago.The latest quarterly figures from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) revealed that 262 data breaches – over 87 per month, on average – were reported to the data-governance watchdog ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On The MyHR Debate And Related Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 30.
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 broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy compromising and impacting anno uncements in a week – along ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 11th February, 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-----The big news this week is the major breach of the Parliament ’s internal network. If they can’t secure these endpoints what hope have all those GPs connected to the myHR?Otherwise more and more going on as we move into the new year proper.-----https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/657525/security-incident-forces-mps...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 11, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Are Some Real Implications Of The Breach Of The Australian Parliamentary Network A Day Or So Ago.
Here are the facts as disclosed by the Parliamentary Presiding Officers:THE HON TONY SMITH MP SENATOR THE HON SCOTT RYAN SPEAKER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES J O I N T M E D I A R E L E A S E 0 8 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDING OFFICERS - PARLIAMENTARY COMPUTING NETWORK Following a security incident on the parliamentary computing network, a number of measures have been implemented to protect the network and its users. One specific measure, undertaken for abundance of caution, has been to reset all user passwords that have network access. All users have been required to change t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 461 – Results – 10th February, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.There Is A Major Crisis In Queensland eHealth At Present With The CEO Having Suddenly Resigned. Do You Think The Root Cause Of The Problems Are Mostly:Technical 2% (2) Managerial / Cultural 52% (64) Corruption Related 28% (35) Inappropriate Relationship Related 10% (13) Something Else (Please Comment) 2% (2) I Have No Idea 6% (8) Total votes: 124 What an interesting poll. Most seem to think that the root cause of the issues is managerial / cultural w ith a dollop of corruption alongside.. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A more than reasonable turno...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Has Any One Else Noticed It Is Almost Six Months Since The ADHA Board Published A Few Board Notes?
They really seem like they would prefer not to release anything at all! Last lot were released August 22-23, 2018 and we got very few useful papers then. They are really a secretive travesty for a Federal Government Agency. 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 - February 9, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 9th February, 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/messages-in-patient-portal-help-predict-medication-discontinuationPatient portal helps predict medication discontinuation By Greg SlabodkinPublished February 01 2019, 7:19am ESTResearchers say electronic communication between patients and providers via an online portal can indicate their potential for stopping therapy.A t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 9, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Total Delete Function In The #myHealthRecord May Just Have A Few Interesting Consequences.
As announced by the Health Minister and reported widely the myHR can now totally lose, never to be recovered, a patient ’s record.New Permanent Delete Function for The My Health Record01 Feb 2019 Australians can choose to have or cancel a My Health Record at any point in their life, according to new laws that came into place towards the end of January.The laws aim to strengthen the privacy and security protectio ns within My Health Record. A function has been activated in the My Health Record system that allows a person to permanently delete their record at any time, including any backups.All records that have prev...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General Among Other Things.
February 06, 2019 Edition.-----It is all the go in the US under Trump. Nuclear treaties to withdraw from, polar vortices, trade negotiations and the ever looming Mueller special investigation. The chaos seems to persist and the Democrats are trying to work out just how high they can raise the taxes on almost everyone. The Wall is still not agreed so an emergency action looms.Brexit remains in chaos and an extension of time seems likely.In Australia the pre-election feeling is rising as the parties circle each other. An outbreak of independence and resignations is adding to the excitement! Labor is still ‘London to a ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Just As The Shambles In Queensland Was Developing South Australia Felt It Did Not Want To Be Left Out Of The Fun.
Since the election of  Liberal Government in South Australia last year an inquiry into the politically controversial EPAS system has been underway. The inquiry report and the Government response was published last week.Here is the Government Press Release:EPAS goes as electronic medical records program overhauled29.01.2019Stephen Wade MLC – Minister for Health And WellbeingThe Marshall Liberal Government will roll out a new electronic medical records system for South Australian hospitals after the former Labor Government’s failed Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) debacle.An independent review...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 6, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On The MyHR Debate And Related Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 29.
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: This week has just covered all the privacy compromising announcements in a week – along wit h the myHR. It never seems to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 4th February, 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-----Well we have seen the opt-out period end and we now wait for the final figures on numbers – which should have been disclosed as we went along. The ADHA has badly damaged itself along the way I believe.Otherwise a few little tit-bits. Enjoy.-----https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/gps-seek-legal-advice-on-my-health-record...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 4, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

You Really Have To Wonder How The #myHealthRecord Will Work With These Poll Results.
I looked this up today.PollMy Health Record: staying in or opting out?Opting out (73%, 405 Votes)Staying in (27%, 153 Votes)Total Voters: 558 Start Date: August 6, 2018 @ 12:05 am End Date: No ExpiryHere is a link to the page:https://insightplus.mja.com.au/polls/?poll_page=3If even half of GPs don ’t want a bar of it (the myHR), it is hard to see just how it will actually be of much use.What do you think?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 - February 4, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Goings On In Queensland E-Health Really Do Have It All As Far As Going Off The Rails Is Concerned.
A rather terse press release from the Director-General a day or so ago (31/1/2019)really had the staff agog.Statement from Queensland Health Director-General Michael WalshThis morning, I provided allegations to a senior eHealth Queensland executive about a potential undeclared conflict of interest regarding an alleged relationship with a staff member involved with the Patient Administration System replacement.The allegations are not related to the rollout of the state ’s digital hospital system – the Integrated Electronic Medical Record (ieMR) system.The information has been referred to the Crime and Corruption...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 460 – Results – 3rd February, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Did The ADHA Outsmart Itself With The Switch To Opt-out By Not Being Thoughtful, Communicative, Open And Transparent And Thus Causing A Political / Public Backlash? Yes 97% (140) No 3% (4) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 145 What an clear-cut poll. Most see the ADHA as being too sneaky and cunning, and so have been seen through by the public. The outcome is more public concern etc. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A more than reasonable t urnout of votes! It must have been an easy question as only 1/145 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer wa...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 2nd February, 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.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-24/how-period-tracking-apps-are-monetizing-women-s-extremely-personal-dataPeriod-Tracking Apps Are Monetizing Women ’s Extremely Personal DataMore than 100 million women monitor their cycles on their phones. Here come the ads. Naomi Kresge, Ilya Khrennikov and David RamliJanuary 24, 2019, 10:00 PM GMT+11 Sarah...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Thought Electoral Roll Data Was To Be Used To Run Elections. I Must Be Very Na ïve.
A series of three articles appeared last week:First we had.Afterpay accessing electoral roll data under laws designed to target terrorism, money launderingBy Eryk Bagshaw24 January 2019 — 12:01amThe confidential electoral roll data of more than 16 million Australians is being used by buy now, pay later providers, debt collectors, betting agencies and marketing firms to identify individual consumers. The Age and Sydney Morning Herald can reveal data obtained by debt-collectors and data marketing firm Illion, formerly known as Dun& Bradstreet, is used by $4 billion stock market darling Afterpay and other providers ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 1, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

There Is Something Going On In Queensland In The E-Health Space. What Do You Think About It?
This appeared today.eHealth Queensland chief executive Richard Ashby resigns By Lucy Stone31 January 2019 — 4:06pm Senior Queensland Health executive Richard Ashby, who led the eHealth Queensland division responsible for the integrated electronic medical record project, has resigned amid allegations of an undeclared personal relationship with a staff member and has b een referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission.Queensland Health staff received an email from the department's director-general Michael Walsh announcing Dr Ashby's resignation on Thursday.In a statement, Mr Walsh said he "expect[s] all of Q...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 31, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General Among Other Things.
January 31, 2019 Edition.-----Trump is slowly losing his grip I believe and the Wall seems as far off as ever. Elsewhere his policies are unravelling and Ms Pelosi is making his life hell.Brexit marches on. Due for some resolution by the time you read this.In Australia rats are leaving the sinking Morrison ship in droves, while one rat is running to join. What an amazing mess!----- Major Issues.https://www.afr.com/markets/equity-markets/why-are-australias-large-cap-fund-managers-failing-to-beat-the-index-20190120-h1a9g0Why are Australia's large cap fund managers failing to beat the index?By Jonathan Shapiro20 Jan 2019 &mda...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 31, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is What Is Actually Called Deliberate Deception Of The Public. It Is Appalling, Dishonest and Heads Should Roll If True.
The Guardian has outdone itself this week with a ripper of a leak on the #myHealthRecord.My Health Record: government warned of 'significant' patient data glitch Exclusive: Leaked document says problem potentially left personal medical information out of date or missing, but agency says safety not compromised Christopher Knaus and Nick EvershedFri 25 Jan 2019 14.04 AEDT Last modified on Fri 25 Jan 2019 14.11 AEDT Government officials were warned a “significant” technical glitch affecting the My Health Record system threatened to leave patient information incomplete or out of date, a leaked briefing shows. The ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 30, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On The MyHR Debate And Related Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 28.
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: This week has just covered all the privacy compromising announcements in a week – along wit h the myHR. It never seems to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Probably Won ’t Make Any Difference But The Ante Has Surely Been Upped On The #myHealthRecord. Game On I Believe!
This appeared an hour or two ago:Shorten backs doctors over My Health liability concerns1:43pm, Jan 28, 2019The My Health rollout has been controversial from the beginning. Samantha Maiden Labor leader Bill Shorten wants another extension on the deadline for patients to opt out of the controversial MyHealth record as doctors warn it should be out on a back burner for another 12 months.January 31 is the latest deadline for people to opt out of the government ’s troubled My Health Record system. If they fail to do so, millions Australians will have a record created for them.The government stresses that if you alre...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 28th January, 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-----The news seems to have come back with a rush this week, lots on the go. Enjoy the browse.------https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/racgp/minimum-software-requirements-to-improve-safety-anMinimum software requirements to improve safety and qualityThe RACGP has released new recommendations for clinical software minimum requirements to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Think Almost No-One Has Noticed Just What Huge Changes Have Been Wrought In The #myHealth Program By Public Annoyance And Outrage!
This press release appeared a few days ago:You always have a choice with My Health Record23 January, 2019 - 15:15Australians can choose to have or cancel a My Health Record at any point in their life.New laws to strengthen the privacy and security protections within My Health Record mean that from tomorrow, a function has been activated in the My Health Record system that allows a person to permanently delete their record at any time, including any backups.All records that have previously been cancelled will also be permanently deleted from the system.If a person changes their mind, they can choose to register for a record...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 27, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 459 – Results – 27th January, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Is It Right That Health Minister Greg Hunt And The ADHA Are Slipping Through The End To The Opt-Out Period While Most Are On Holidays Or Disengaged?Yes 5% (6) No 92% (110) I Have No Idea 3% (3) Total votes: 119 What a clear-cut poll. Most see the ADHA as being sneaky and cunning pretty much as usual. Little wonder most have very little trust in this mob. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A more than reasonable turnout of votes for the time of the year! It must have been an easy question as only 3/119 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Aga...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 27, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 26th January, 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/2019/01/digital-valuable-prevention-long-term-plan/Digital is a valuable tool for prevention – and so rightly it’s at the heart of the long term planDigital is at the heart of the NHS Long Term Plan. Quite right too, argues Tara Donnelly, newly appointed interim chief digital officer at NHS England – it can be ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is An Important Study Showing How Vital Adolescent Trust Of Healthcare Providers Is.
This appeared last week:https://www.6minutes.com.au/news/when-doctors-explain-privacy-teens-raise-more-sensitive-topicsWhen doctors explain privacy, teens raise more sensitive topics Understanding confidentiality paves the way for more open discussions between adolescents and their doctorsReuters Health17th January 2019Adolescents and young adults may be more willing to talk about sensitive topics with their doctors if they've had a talk about confidentiality, new findings suggest.Only about one-third of adolescents talk about confidentiality with their healthcare provider, but those who report doing so are more likel...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is Probably Pretty Big News Regarding What Apple Is Up To In Digital Health.
This appeared a few days ago:Apple's digital health plan puts the iPhone and Apple Watch at the heart of your wellbeingApple has been gradually building out its health strategy; here's what it looks like right now.By Jo Best | January 16, 2019 -- 10:05 GMT (21:05 AEDT) | Topic: Digital Health and Wellness Digital health is where big tech firms want to be right now: from Amazon to IBM, Microsoft to Google, hardware and software companies are scrambling to up their presence in the healthcare sector. Apple has been quietly expanding into the space for a number of years as its devices and its CEO Tim Cook e...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General Among Other Things.
January 24, 2019 Edition.-----Well it is all the go in the US with the shutdown rolling on – various proposals being floated and virtually no progress. Gridlock of the most amazing kind is now fully in play!Same in the UK with Brexit.In Australia it seems the election campaign has begun and the LNP problem with women has just had fuel added to the fire with Kelly O’Dwyer bailing. More gifts to Labor I believe.The Aged Care Royal Commission has kicked off and it is going to be harrowing.----- Major Issues.https://www.afr.com/news/economy/pm-scott-morrisons-economic-storm-clouds-warning-echoes-peter-costello-2007...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Do You Understand Just Why There Is Sudden Concern With The Chinese Having Access To Our Health Data?
Two articles I have spotted this week have raised concerns:First:China has a very unhealthy interest in our medical dataBy Clive Hamilton 13 Jan 2019 — 11:00 PMChinese companies are required by law to obey directives from Beijing's intelligence agencies. So why would our regulators permit a giant Australian healthcare provider that is privy to highly sensitive records on hundreds of thousands of Australians to be acquired by a Chinese company?T he Jangho Group, a Shanghai-based building supplies company, wants to take over Healius, an Australian company that operates 2400 pathology centres and 70 medical centres, and...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On The MyHR Debate And Related Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 27.
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: This week has just covered all the privacy compromising announcements in a week – along wit h the myHR. It never seems to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 22, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 21st January, 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 CommentThe silly season rolls on for just one more week and then we are back to work etc. Enjoy the quick browse and back to sleep!-----https://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/has-my-health-record-been-sensible-use-2-billionHas My Health Record been a sensible use of $2 billion? The national audit office will consider the questionAntony Scho...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 21, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Is This An Aspect Of The #myHealthRecord That Should Concern You?
This release arrived today:Media Release:For immediate release: 21/1/2019Hackers can CHANGE My Health RecordsDon't care  if anyone can see your My Health Record, but do you care if they can change it?Everyone's My Health Record is due to be kept in a central repository able to be accessed over the internet by hundreds of thousands of health and allied health care workers.It is impossible to guard against cyber attack with such a large number of access points, any one of which may access the whole My Health Records database.Even if you do not care that government may see your medical records and even if you d...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 21, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 458 – Results – 20th January, 2019.
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Article Poses A Question All Those In Digital Health Need To Think About! How Do We Empower And Support Care Givers Fully?
This appeared last week:Digital health success hinges on four principlesBianca Phillips Bernard Robertson-DunnIssue 1 / 14 January 2019 This is the third article in a series on the making of the digital health revolution.IN 2012, Dr Eric Topol published The creative destruction of medicine: how the digital revolution will create better health care.Dr Topol ’s book is excellent in describing the problems with the current health care industry. At the end of the book he observes:“Not a single aspect of health and medicine today will ultimately be spared or unaffected in some way. Doctors, hospitals, the life scie...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 20, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 19th January, 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/2019/01/nhs-technology-milestones-long-term-plan/Digitally enabled care to go ‘mainstream’ in the next decade, Long Term Plan promisesNHS England has pledged that digitally-enabled care will go ‘mainstream’ across the NHS over the next decade, and set eight milestones on the way to that goal.Hanna Crouch, 7 Ja...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 19, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Has To Be At Least Some Small Progress With Real Time Prescription Monitoring!
This appeared last week:SafeScript issues alerts for 3300 patients in two months Victoria prepares to roll out the real-time script-tracking software statewide in AprilAntony Scholefield7th January 2019Warnings about almost 3300 patients were sent to doctors and pharmacists during the first two-month trial of Victoria ’s real-time script-tracking software, the state government says.The software, called SafeScript, was rolled out in more than 400 GP clinics and pharmacies in October to combat prescription drug misuse.When users prescribe or dispense a monitored medicine, including all schedule 8 drugs and some s chedu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 18, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General Among Other Things.
January 17, 2019 Edition.-----There is only one issue in the US this week and that is the shutdown which is just dragging on and on and is already the longest ever.  Just how it is going to be resolved is not clear as both sides appear to be entrenched in the positions regarding the wall!Big week in the UK. What happened with the vote was 400 to 200 or so - a huge defeat. We have no idea what happens from here, especially now that the Government has retained confidence. What next, who knows.....In Australia the summer stupor rolls on and not much seems to be happening. I wonder what comes after the cane-toad bounty pr...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs