I Wonder If These Changes Will Avoid More Hacking Of The Medicare Number Database?
This appeared a few days ago:Government to crack down on access to patients ’ Medicare numbersAccelerates shift away from PKI for HPOS Rohan Pearce (Computerworld) 16 February, 2018 12:44 The government has endorsed the recommendations of a review into health providers’ access to Medicare card numbers. The government commissioned the review of the Health Professio nals Online Services (HPOS) system after revelations that a Tor-protected service was offering to retrieve the Medicare numbers of individuals. The ‘Medicare Machine’ service on the now-defunct AlphaBay marketplace site offered a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Good To See The Medical Republic Doing Lots On Technology And Pointing To The Inevitable Future!
Last week we had the Medical Republic run two long articles of relevance to Digital Health. First we had: 16 February 2018 Cloud patient management systems come of agePosted byMatthew Galetto Across our country, thousands of practices, including GPs, specialist and allied health, own and maintain a practice server. The practice server is the powerhouse of the clinic, the primary function of which is to host the clinical and practice management software. Other critical functions include the hosting of a myriad of add-ons and plugins that connect to, and extract from, the practice management software. As a secondary fun...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 19th February, 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 pretty quiet week other than the to-ing and fro-ing between the ADHA and the MSIA. Elsewhere we learn a little more about opt-out and watch the Barnaby saga! ------ https://www.medicalobserver.com.au/professional-news/doctor-shopper-reforms-all-but-compel-gps-to-join-script-exchangesDoctor-shopper reforms all bu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 410 – Results – 18th February, 2017.
Here are the results of the poll.How Would You Rate The Value For Money Being Delivered By The ADHA To The Australian Community?Excellent 0% (0) OK 1% (1) Neutral 1% (2) Not Much 52% (78) Non-Existent 45% (67) I Have No Idea 1% (2) Total Votes 150 This is a definitive poll with readers seeing the ADHA as adding very little to no value so far. I wonder what the Board would make of this result? Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. For those who are counting there have now been 14,800 comments on the blog . (There a total of 5100 posts). A really, great turnout of votes! It must have been an easy questi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

A Few More Details A Gradually Leaking Out On How Not To Get Stuck WIth A myHR.
This appeared last week: How to opt out of Australia's e-health record schemeBy Allie Coyne on Feb 12, 2018 4:45PM Get in within three months.The federal government has released guidance on how Australians will be able opt out of having a personal electronic health record created under the country's My Health Record scheme.It ends a period of uncertainty for those who have expressed concern about privacy and data sharing in the scheme.A policy change from opt-in to opt-out e-health records was first mulled in 2015 when the government starting trialling the automatic creation of electronic health records...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 17th February, 2018
Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/tips-tackle-biggest-cyber-challenge-hospitals-face-medical-device-securityTips to tackle the biggest cyber challenge hospitals face: medical device securityExperts from a leading nonprofit ranked device cybersecurity as the single biggest challenge hospital face today.By Bernie MonegainFebruary 08, 2018 11:40 AM The ECRI Ins...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

South Australia Again - It Really Seems It Is Getting Political And Messier All At The Same Time.
First we have had the overt political threat to the EPAS.SA-Best wants EPAS investigated as Xenophon releases health policiesNick Xenophon is calling for an immediate pause and investigation into the controversial electronic health records system EPAS, among a series of brief SA-Best health policy proposals released this morning.Bension Siebert @Bension1 The Enterprise Patient Administration System was designed to replace paper with electronic records in public hospitals and health care settings across South Australia, and has been credited with reducing the frequency of medication errors.However, doctors have repeatedly w...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Even Apple Suspects The Fax Machine Is A Long Way From Dead It Seems!
This appeared last week:Apple's iOS push could change healthcare data sharing, still won't kill the faxApple may have finally found a way to enable the large-scale sharing of electronic medical record information on mobile devices. But its tools won't replace the old tried-and-true fax for data-sharing in healthcare.Lucas Mearian (Computerworld (US)) 06 February, 2018 07:55 Apple's Health Records feature in the upcoming iOS 11.3 rollout may be the most high-profile attempt at sharing healthcare data between caregiver and patient, but it won't succeed without industry's cooperation.What is new is the mass market Apple comma...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
February 15, 2018 Edition.The big news globally has been the wobbles that have assailed global equity markets. Losses have been between 5 and 10% with Asian markets suffering a lot, developed a little less and ours holding up fairly well as it had not gone up all that far.In related news the US has just added $350B or so to the national debt and must be at some risk of simply going broke in the next decade or two.Trump has not skited about how high the Dow Jones is for a week now! – mostly since it has been falling!In Oz there has been handwringing about Barnaby’s pregnant girlfriend and the inability of the Go...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Now Here Is A Digital Health Project That Looks Likely To Make A Real Difference!
This appeared a few days ago:WA mum of six creates 'one stop shop' for childrens' health recordsDavid Allan-Petale Published: February 7 2018 - 11:17AM A WA psychotherapist and mother to six has launched an app that allows parents to slash the huge paper trails that come with tracking their child's health, education and social wellbeing.Babies born in WA have doctors appointments and development notes recorded in a 'purple book' issued to parents, who then continue collecting information as the child grows in whichever method they use best, including a range of government apps.However, for Per...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

As We All Know We Have To Work Hard To Avoid The Downside Of Technology In Health Care. Here Is A Digital Health Disaster We All Need To Learn From!
This appeared last week:Paul Lau died at Sydney hospital after wrongly being prescribed fentanyl: inquestGeorgina Mitchell Published: February 5 2018 - 4:58PMA patient who went to a north-west Sydney hospital for an "uneventful" day surgery died within hours after an anaesthetist accidentally prescribed him a potent opioid meant for someone else, an inquest has heard.Paul Lau, 54, was a keen skier who went to Macquarie University Hospital on June 18, 2015, for a reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee.Mr Lau, a father of two, had a successful surgery and was taken to recovery. ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

It Has Been One Of Those Good and Bad News Weeks For The Digital Health Proponents.
First the good news:Health IT adoption has positive effect on medical outcomes By Greg Slabodkin Published February 07 2018, 7:29am EST There is a positive association between the adoption of health information technology and its effect on medical outcomes in terms of efficiency or effectiveness. That ’s the conclusion of a new study published this week in the Journal of Medical Internet Research that analyzed the current literature on the subject over the last five years. Researchers queried the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature and Medical Literature Analysis and Retrie val System Online by P...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 12th February, 2018.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentA week that started slow and built. All sorts of problems everywhere it would seem. Read on!I have to say the confected guff about the myHR and its great qualities is betting a bit tiring!-----https://www.itnews.com.au/news/qld-picks-supplier-for-state-wide-pathology-system-overhaul-484758Qld picks supplier for state-wide pathology sys...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Talk About What Goes Around Comes Around!
A very long time ago I was involved in a project to try and define what a decent GP system might be able to do and how it might be architected. This was in fact late last century!!!This page contains a lot of interesting history and some ideas which still do not look that silly:http://ozhealthithistory.wikispaces.com/General+Practice+Related+FilesIn the light of the various memos going around with the ADHA, the MSIA, the RACGP and so on it is worth just seeing for how long all this has been discussed etc.Enjoy the browse. The last entry (a paper describing what went on in the project) is a good introduction and still looks...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 409 – Results – 11th February, 2017.
Here are the results of the poll.Is The ADHA Board Providing Sufficient And Timely Disclosure So Stakeholders Can Properly Assess The Level And Quality Of Progress Being Made By The ADHA?Yes 1% (1) No 98% (168) I Have No Idea 1% (2) Total votes: 171 This is a definitive poll with readers seeing little more than lip-service being paid to openness and transparency by the ADHA Board. It seems they don’t want the public to understand just what they do and why they are doing it! Any insight s welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, really great turnout of votes! It must have been an easy question with just 2 not...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 10th February, 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/2018/01/special-report-shared-care-records/Special Report: Shared Care RecordsIn June last year, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens named eight accountable care systems, meant to spearhead efforts towards closer, more integrated means of working. Even though there is uncertainty on when the systems will get formalised, most a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like There Is Still A Problem In South Australia. There Is An Election In Seven Weeks!
I noted this the other day:SA health system 'still in crisis', AMA warns 8:04pm Feb 1, 2018The nation ’s peak medical body has warned work conditions and stress levels in South Australia’s hospitals are at dangerous levels.The state’s health system is still in crisis despite hospitals, including McLaren Vale, recently receiving a significant investment from the government, the Australian Medic al Association (AMA) said.“We are hearing failure after failure within the health system, and I think there's no doubt that the health system is still in crisis,” William Tam from AMA SA told 9NEWS.&ldqu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
February 08, 2018 Edition.Trump continues to astound with this week with a State Of The Union Speech which was both long and to my ears pretty nasty. Late last week he released a secret document saying that the Dems had contrived to have the FBI investigate some aspects of the campaign – just as they had done with their claims on the Hilary e-mail server. Pure politics but shows how worried they are about Mueller and his probe!In passing this new US Strategic Posture to focus on China and Russia (rather than terrorism)  is a pretty big deal I believe and pretty worrying.Brexit has descended into farce with offic...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like One Really Good Hospital Is Doing Its Best With High-Tech. Moving The Right Way With GP And Patient Information Access!
This appeared a day or so ago:Hi-tech health to benefit patientsThe Australian12:00AM February 3, 2018Sarah-Jane TaskerHospitals without patients, NASA-style command centres in healthcare facilities, 3D-printed organs — it sounds like something from a sci-fi novel but it could be part of Australia’s healthcare system in less than 10 years.With healthcare budgets reaching unsustainable levels as people live longer, using technology better is now at the forefront of innovation in the healthcare sector.The issue is being tackled globally. Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the chief executive of Nokia...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

It Seems MPs From All Over Are Lining Up To Spruik The MyHR – With Exaggeration and Simplification And A Push From The ADHA!
This release appeared a few days ago:Policy& Politics | 31/01/2018 8:00:17 PM Department of HealthEmbrace My Health Record for simpler, safer care wherever you areThe Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MPMinister for Aged CareMinister for Indigenous HealthMember for HasluckMEDIA RELEASE31 January 2018Embrace My Health Record for simpler, safer care wherever you areAged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has called on Australians, especially senior Australians, to embrace the rollout of the My Health Record, for secure, safer, more convenient care.Joining Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey for the first community information session f...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

When Thinking About Having A myHR Or Not It Is Worth Remember This Headline!
This appeared a few days ago:Australian government cannot handle its own data securely, why give it yours?Australia has performed an amazing act of self-leakage, selling a pair of locked filing cabinets of its own secret Cabinet documents.By Chris Duckett for Null Pointer | January 31, 2018 -- 21:34 GMT (08:34 AEDT) | Topic: Security It turns out the best way to get your hands on secret government documents in Australia is to head down to a furniture store and buy a locked cabinet or two full of them.This sounds like the plot of a bad sitcom, but thanks to the reporting of Australia's ABC, we know it is the truth.The gravi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

The Economist Weighs In On Digital Health. It has Not Gone Well In The Past But They Think This Time Will Be Different.
There are a Leader and 2 articles in this week ’s issue on Digital Health.First we have:Data and medicine: A revolution in health care is comingWelcome to Doctor YouFeb 1st 2018NO WONDER they are called “patients”. When people enter the health-care systems of rich countries today, they know what they will get: prodding doctors, endless tes ts, baffling jargon, rising costs and, above all, long waits. Some stoicism will always be needed, because health care is complex and diligence matters. But frustration is boiling over. This week three of the biggest names in American business—Amazon, Berkshire Ha...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 5th February, 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 CommentAnother really quiet week with the occasional highlights – like the loss of a whole heap of Cabinet Papers! Enjoy!-----http://www.zdnet.com/article/australian-government-cannot-handle-its-own-data-securely-why-give-it-yours/Australian government cannot handle its own data securely, why give it yours?Australia has performed an ama...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

The Push For Pharmacists To Become Major Users Of The myHR. There Are Still Some Questions To Be Answered.
This release appeared a few days ago:Consultation begins on My Health Record GuidelinesJanuary 29, 2018Consultation has started on the My Health Record Guidelines for Pharmacists developed by the peak national body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).The Guidelines provide guidance to pharmacists on meaningful clinical use of the My Health Record system.By the end of 2018, all Australians will have a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one.Pharmacists have a professional responsibility to review their practice and, where necessary, build on their digital health competency to ensure th...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 408 – Results – 4th February, 2017.
Here are the results of the poll.Are You Expecting An Exodus Of Senior Federal E-Health Bureaucrats Over The Next Year Or Two? Yes 9% (14) No 9% (14) They Will Just Be Shuffled Around. 78% (115) I Have No Idea 3% (5) Total votes: 148 This is a fun poll with bureaucratic shuffling seen as the anticipated outcome. It does not suggest we are going to see much change or progress with all that hunkering down. Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. A really great turnout of votes! It must have been a fairly easy question with just 3% not sure what the correct answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 3rd February, 2018
Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment. ----- http://www.healthcareit.com.au/article/chaos-it-systems-two-nhs-health-areas-are-brought-down-technical-problems Chaos as IT systems in two NHS health areas are brought down by technical problemsLynne Minion | 25 Jan 2018 Technical issues have been blamed for a ‘major incident’ that caused outages across NHS systems in Wales and Manchester yes...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Why Is There So Little Real Evaluation Happening In Australia and E-Health / Digital Health?
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
February 01, 2018 Edition.Trump continues to astound with this week the a 36 hour visit to hob-nob with the super-rich in Davos, where he said he was MAGA and showed his thin-skin in question time while getting caught out lying about having tried to fire the Russian Special Counsel. I am sure his favourite coal miners were impressed with the Davos visit.We are now just over a ¼ of the way through this nightmare and I have to say I am sick of it already – with a State Of The Union Speech this week! Can you imagine the boasting?In passing this new US Strategic Posture to focus on China and Russia (rather than te...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Guest Comment - What the cloud holds for healthcare providers
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

A Very Interesting Survey Of Australians On Digital Health And Other Matters.
This appeared last week:Most Australians would not sign up to an online health record, survey findsLynne Minion | 23 Jan 2018 Almost two-thirds of Australians want their healthcare records to be shared more effectively across healthcare providers but only 38 per cent would consider signing up to a secure online summary of their health information, a new study has found.As the Australian Digital Health Agency moves towards this year ’s creation of a My Health Record for every Australian who doesn’t opt-out, the research into digital technology in healthcare commissioned by GlaxoSmithKline shows that 51 per cent ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Talk About A Non-Committal Release From The AMA On The myHR And Digital Healt. I Reckon They Don ’t Want A Bar Of It.
This was released a few days ago.Update From The Australian Digital Health Agency25 Jan 2018 The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has provided the AMA with updates relevant to GPs and My Health Record. The ADHA receives considerable input and advice from AMA members.Former AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, has outlined the importance of My Health Record in allowing for the straightforward and secure sharing of information. Up-to-date shared health summaries can easily be accessed by other healthcare practitioners, allowing for patients to receive continuity of care. Read more about Dr Hambleton ’s experienc...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like The Big IT Of The DHS Are Struggling Again With The Little Things.
This appeared last week:DHS offers one-time passcodes for myGov loginBy Allie Coyne on Jan 23, 2018 2:52PM Updated: But early reviews aren't good.Australians can now continue using two-factor authentication on their myGov accounts when overseas or out of mobile range through new one-time access codes.But early reaction to the service has not been as positive as the Department of Human Services might have hoped.The myGov Access mobile app - available on Android and iOS as of last month - replaces the SMS code or secret questions and answers that have until now been required with a person's username and password to log into&...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

This Has To Be A Real Step Forward And May Even Save A Few Lives!
This appeared last week:How the ACT is eliminating hospital errorsBy Justin Hendry on Jan 22, 2018 6:00AM New systems cross-reference patient with process.ACT Health has embarked on a clinical systems transformation that will see patients electronically cross-referenced with pathology orders and medication at their bedside in an effort to eliminate errors at the point of care.The territory's health directorate has completely overhauled how it interacts with patients to banish the paper-based records and processes that are the traditional causes of mixed up blood samples and medications in hospitals.Despite having...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 29th January, 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 CommentAnother really quiet week with the occasional highlights. Enjoy! On another matter congrats to Dr Mukesh Haikerwal on his AC. One of the very few to honestly call the faults with NEHTA, the PCEHR and myHR. While making no claims to technological genius he could see clearly what was working and useful and what was not!-----http://www....
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

It Really Looks Like The Department of Health Has Given Digital Health The Boot. It ’s Gone Who Knows Where?
The organizational chart which we discussed a day or so ago is very interesting with respect to Digital Health. What is clear from this link is that the part of the org chart in the lower left that had Paul Madden and Bettina Konti has gone, with her moving to a purple box a half way across the new chart and he vanishing. Here is the link: http://health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/24BEDAF 18381C86ACA257BF0001E0193/$File/Departmental%20Structure%20Chart%20-%2019%20Jan%2018.pdf Here is a link from the NLA Wayback Machine for almost 6 months ago (August 1, 2017) when all was in place: http://webarchive.n...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 407 – Results – 28th January, 2017.
Here are the results of the poll.Will The myHR Ultimately Become A Really Important And Useful System To Support Safe And High Quality Clinical Care - As Originally Intended?Yes 2% (3) No 96% (150) I Have No Idea 2% (3) Total votes: 156 Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. This is as clear cut a poll as we ever see and the implications, at least to me, are pretty obvious. A really great turnout of votes! It must have been an easy question with just 2% not sure wha t the correct answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicki...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 27th January, 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/fda-approves-clinical-platform-that-predicts-patient-deteriorationFDA approves clinical platform that predicts patient deterioration By Greg SlabodkinPublished January 19 2018, 7:24am ESTThe Food and Drug Administration has approved a clinical monitoring platform that alerts hospital staff in near real time of a patient ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Has The Top E-Health Bureaucrat At The Federal Health Department Recently Jumped Ship?
This Org. Chart for Federal Health Department was brought to my attention today - pointing out that Mr Paul Madden (previously the Senior Advisor in the area) has vanished. Here is the link to the Org. Chart: http://health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/24BEDAF18381C86ACA257BF0001E0193/$File/Departmental%20Structure%20Chart%20-%2019%20Jan%2018.pdf Can anyone confirm the information and / or provide further information on his fate? Comments welcome! D avid 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 - January 27, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

This Is A Useful Long Article On The New Data Breach Notification Scheme Which Starts In Days.
This appeared last week:Notifiable Data Breaches scheme: Getting ready to disclose a data breach in AustraliaAustralia's Notifiable Data Breaches scheme will come into force next month. Here is what it means and how it will affect organisations, and individuals, in Australia.By Asha McLean | January 18, 2018 -- 22:03 GMT (09:03 AEDT) | Topic: Security WHAT IS THE NOTIFIABLE DATA BREACHES SCHEME?Australia's Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme comes into effect on February 22, 2018, and as the legislative direction is aimed at protecting the individual, there's a lot of responsibility on each organisation to secure the dat...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

This Looks Like A Pretty Useful Package Of Innovations For Dermatology In The Bush.
This appeared last week.Groundbreaking telehealth platform brings dermatology to far-flung AustraliaThea Cowie | 17 Jan 2018 An Australian telehealth dermatology service has been described as “five years in front of” anything else in its field at a recent global conference.The Teledermatologist smartphone platform, developed by the team behind Newcastle Dermatology, offers same-day consultations for patients in rural and regional areas.“At the World Congress of Teledermatology last year, the feedback from committee members was that our service is five years in front of anyone else in terms of the way we'v...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
January 25, 2018 Edition.Trump continues to astound with this week the US Government defunding itself and he is zooming off to hob-nob with the super-rich in Davos. I am sure his favourite coal miners will be impressed.We are now just ¼ of the way through this nightmare and I have to say I am sick of it already!Europe is slowly getting back to business and in the UK the NHS is under severe stress due to ‘Aussie Flu’. Germany slowly seems to be closer to getting a Government and Australia is all still at the beach believing l ife is good and trying to figure out what to do with the date of Australia Day!M...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

This Looks Like Really Good News To Me. Nobel Prize Winning Stuff If Proven Up I Reckon.
This appeared duding last week:Blood tests deliver cancer breakthroughThe Australian6:00AM January 19, 2018John RossScientists have created a blood test that can detect eight of the most common cancers long before they turn lethal, in a breakthrough that could save millions of people from premature death.The “liquid biopsy” identifies early-stage tumours from proteins and genetic mutations circulating in the blood.Trials have found that it can uncover fledgling cancers in about 70 per cent of cases, and up to 98 per cent for some types, long before they become detectable by other means. They include deadly cond...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

More Confirmation It Would Seem That The Federal Government Is Not Very Realistic And Not Very Good At Big IT
This was released a few days ago:Administration of Medicare electronic claiming arrangements19 Dec 2017Australian National Audit OfficeDescriptionElectronic claiming for Medicare benefits was first introduced in 1992. Channels to facilitate electronic claiming were progressively introduced for use by medical practitioners, members of the public and private health insurers over the intervening decades. In 2016 –17, claims for just over 97 per cent of the approximately $22 billion of Medicare benefits paid were lodged electronically.The Department of Human Services (Human Services or the department)...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Excitable Overreach In A Paid Puff Piece Regarding The myHR As The Options For ‘Replatforming’ Are Considered By The ADHA.
This appeared in Forbes last week:Jan 17, 2018 @ 05:00 AM 4,529 Australia's Electronic Health Record Program Already Showing BenefitsOracleVoice Simplify IT, Drive Innovation Linda Currey Post , Oracle In what may be the most comprehensive national effort of its kind, the Australian government has created more than 5.4 million electronic medical records and plans to offer EMRs to the country ’s 24 million citizens by the end of 2018.The records contain information about each individual’s serious illnesses, surgeries, prescribed medications, and family medical histories—information that can be critical to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 22nd January, 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 CommentAnother quiet week with the occasional highlights. Enjoy!-----https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/taxpayers-spent-17-billion-on-a-health-record-doctors-dont-use/news-story/d66506e321302d144d206dc1eb779170Taxpayers spent $1.7 billion on a health record doctors don ’t useSue Dunlevy, National Health Reporter, News Co...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like The RACGP and The AMA Are Becoming Impatient For A Much More Useful myHR – Or Something Totally Different And Better Maybe?
This appeared in the Daily Telegraph a day or so ago.https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/taxpayers-spent-17-billion-on-a-health-record-doctors-dont-use/news-story/d66506e321302d144d206dc1eb779170Taxpayers spent $1.7 billion on a health record doctors don ’t useSue Dunlevy, National Health Reporter, News Corp Australia NetworkJanuary 18, 2018 10:44pmTaxpayers have spent nearly $1.7 billion on an internet based My Health Record that doctors are refusing to use and which can’t be emailed or shared with digital health apps.Every Australian will get a My Health Record in 2018 unless they opt out of th...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 406 – Results – 21st January, 2017.
Here are the results of the poll.How Long Do You Think It Will Be Before The ADHA Quietly Allows The myHR To Be Abandoned Or Otherwise Downplayed?Six Months 3% (4) A Year 8% (11) A Couple Of Years 12% (16) Five Years 58% (80) It Will Be A Success And Never Abandoned 11% (15) I Have No Idea 9% (13) Total votes: 139 Any insights welcome as a comment, as usual. It seems that most think that the death of the myHR will be a long and drawn out process, but ultimately inevitable, with only 20% of respondents not knowing if it will be a success or believing it will be an ultimate success. A really great turnout of votes!...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 20th January, 2018.
Here are a few I came across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/leverage-ai-revolutionize-and-advance-healthcare Leverage AI to revolutionize and advance healthcareWe chat with Andy Bartley, health and life sciences solution architect, Intel Corporation.By IntelJanuary 11, 2018 09:37 AM What is Intel doing in the area of artificial intelligence/machine learning? Artificial intelligence is ca...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

This Technical Improvement May Make Skype More Suitable For Remote Consultation and Telemedicine.
This appeared a few days ago:Skype adds Signal protocol powered ‘Private Conversations’Follows WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo in adding end-to-end encryptionGeorge Nott (Computerworld) 12 January, 2018 10:04 Microsoft is adding an end-to-end encryption option, powered by Signal, to Skype.‘Private Conversations’ are powered by the Signal Pr otocol, which is already being utilised by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo among others.  “At Signal, our goal is to make private communication simple and ubiquitous,” Signal’s Joshua Lund wrote in a blog post.&l...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
January 18, 2018 Edition.Trump continues to astound – revealing is true racist side this week – wanting migrants from Norway rather than Africa – but they won’t come given the current wealth of Norway (GDP $71,000 per person p.a. vs USA at about $50,000)!Bret Stephens of the New York Times got is right:“I believe that Trump is ignorant, inc urious, vain, gauche, bigoted, intemperate, bullying, suggestible, reckless and morally unfit for his office.But he's not deficient in cunning, and that cunning deserves healthy respect from his political opponents.”Europe is still in a post – f...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David More MB PhD FACHI Source Type: blogs