Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 16 March, 2020.
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-----I think it would be fair to say COVID-19 has basically consumed all the news bandwidth for the week!However, I have found a few extra morsels! Enjoy.-----https://www.ausdoc.com.au/news/revealed-rebates-and-rules-claiming-new-gp-telehealth-itemsRevealed: The rebates and rules for claiming the new GP telehealth items The patients of...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 16, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 518 – Results – 15th March, 2020.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The Australian Community Is Receiving A Reasonable Return In Clinical Benefits And Improved Outcomes For The Investment Being Made In The ADHA And The #myHealthRecord?Yes 1% (2) No 99% (132) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 134 Pretty clear vote. By a huge majority we believe our money is being wasted! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A great turnout of votes. It must also have been a very easy question as only 0/134 readers were not sur e how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

More Evidence Of The Failure To Protect Our Taxpayer Money With The #myHealthRecord.
This appeared a few days ago.New bidders locked out of $65 billion federal procurement opportunityTom Burton Government Editor Mar 13, 2020 – 5.17pm More than half of the Commonwealth government's $65 billion annual procurement is let without competitive tendering, according to a new Audit Office study released this week. Lack of competition means new vendors are not able to bid for lucrative government contracts, and taxpayers are not getting the benefit of potentially lower-cost suppliers or innovative vendors able to deliver a better solution. The ANAO analysis of AusTender data over the last decade showed 44 ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 14 March, 2020.
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://mhealthintelligence.com/news/coronavirus-scare-gives-telehealth-an-opening-to-redefine-healthcareCoronavirus Scare Gives Telehealth an Opening to Redefine HealthcareWith the coronavirus threatening to become a pandemic, health systems and telehealth vendors see this as an opportunity to bring connected health to the forefront - and reshape the future of h...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is A Rather Worrying Trend And I Think It Is Just An Attempt To Inappropriately And Falsely Boost #myHealthRecord Statistics.
Suddenly we are seeing all sorts of sessions being funded by the ADHA to encourage lay staff and non medicos to access the #myHR.Here are some examples.First we have:Community Nurses navigating My Health Record: Q&A with Experts When: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM AEDT Where: Online - join via your computer! Your Hosts: Australian Digital Health Agency and the Australian College of NursingAbout the webinarClose to two billion documents have been uploaded to the national My Health Record system, with more than 100 million uploaded in December alone. With increasing clinical content healthcar...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 13, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is Worth Having A Look At This Draft Digital Strategy For Mental Health.
This appeared last week.Consultation open on digital mental health standards Monday, 02 March, 2020 The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) is developing National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health (NSQDMH) Standards on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health, collaborating with consumers, carers, clinicians, service providers and technical experts to address key safety and quality risks for those using digital mental health services.Digital mental health services include mental health, suicide prevention or alcohol and other drugs services that use technology to facil...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 12, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
March 12, 2020 Edition.-----In the USA we have had a forceful reminder that there is an incompetent and lying Government in place federally which is being exposed by a health system which is seemingly heading for a very inglorious failure to even remotely handle COVID-19 as it spreads. Trump has confirmed he is an utter fool with his behaviour on this issue. Sadly Mike Pence is probably worse!In the UK the virus is also off and running and causing havoc sadly. Hard to know how it will all evolve.In Australia the virus is running away and we are seeing a major focus on the economic damage and the risk of recession, which is...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 12, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Has Anyone Got Any Clever Ideas To Use Digital Health To Help Us With The Virus?
Grahame Grieve was chatting with me today wondering if there were any clever souls out there who could, using existing infrastructure perhaps make a difference of the next few months. As he put it: "Given the challenges coming at us over the next few weeks, what can we do - if anything - to improve things - save lives, make care more efficient, reduce the impact on society" He pointed out this site as an innovative example from Italy. As he said – “here is all the data the government has about the current state of play, published for anyone to do analysis on” You can see what they are up to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Have To Say This Release From The ADHA Has Me Somewhat Stumped!
This appeared a day or so ago.National Digital Health Strategy March updates04 March 2020: The Service Registration Assistant and the Child Digital Health Record proof of concept are coming soon.Service Registration Assistant (SRA)The new Service Registration Assistant – now in the evaluation phase – can reduce paperwork, keep healthcare practice details accurate and improve patient outcomes and experiences. It offers immediate benefits for healthcare organisations by reducing the burden of needing to complete the same details across many different forms.The S ervice Registration Assistant supports an integrate...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - March 10, 2020.
-----This weekly blog is to explore the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy, AI / ML. technology, social media and related matters.I will also try to highlight ADHA Propaganda when I come upon it.Just so we keep count, the latest Notes from the ADHA Board are dated 6 December, 2018! Secrecy unconstrained! This is really the behaviour of a federal public agency gone rogue – and it just goes on! When you read this it will be over 16 months of radio silence, and worse, while the CEO, COO and the Chief of Staff have gone, still no change. I wonder will things improve at some point, given...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 9 March, 2020.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----It is really being a very quiet new period – overwhelmed by COVID-19 I guess?Just a few fun things to browse.-----http://medicalrepublic.com.au/digital-therapy-may-be-effective-for-adhd/255482 March 2020Digital therapy may be effective for ADHDMental Health Paediatrics Posted by Dr Linda Calabresi It seems like the perfect s...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Teleconsultation Makes Sense In The Era Of COVID-19 I Have To Say. What Is The Delay Regarding An Item Number For GPs?
This item appeared very late last week:Telehealth demand to grow as coronavirus spreadsBy Bridget Fitzgerald on PM Download Telehealth demand to grow as coronavirus spreads (1.38 MB) Download 1.38 MB With every new case of coronavirus, the need to quarantine and contain patients becomes a top priority.As does the need to try and prevent those infected from spreading the virus.Health experts say the need for telehealth and digital health options will become greater as the outbreak spreads. Duration: 3min 1sec Broadcast: Fri 6 Mar 2020, 4:50pm More InformationFeatured:Dr Simon Torvaldsen, Perth GP Dr Ali Fardinpour, founder...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 8, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 517 – Results – 8th March, 2020.
Here are the results of the poll.Overall, Do You Believe The Potential Of Digital Health For Good Is Actually Being Delivered So Far, Or Do We Have A Way To Go?Yes - Digital Health Is Delivering 29% (39) No - We Have A Way To Go 71% (95) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 134 Pretty clear vote – we still seem to have some work to do, but some see some progress! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A great turnout of votes. It must also have been a very easy question as only 0/134 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 8, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 07 March, 2020.
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://healthitanalytics.com/news/how-clinical-decision-support-adherence-leads-to-better-patient-dataHow Clinical Decision Support Adherence Leads to Better Patient DataAdhering to clinical decision support tools results in structured, standardized patient data, enabling organizations to improve care practices.By Jessica KentFebruary 27, 2020 - As the volu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 7, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Interesting Research Reveals Some Interesting Information Regarding Digital Health Users.
This appeared last week:Personal data concerns stymie digital health initiativesBy Matt Johnston on Feb 26, 2020 6:26AM Coupled with lengthy registration processes.Research out of Curtin University has found that poor registration processes and concerns over data governance could be the biggest obstacle in getting consumers on board with digital health initiatives.Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study underlines the need for improved public understanding of data security and increased transparency by health app managers, lead researcher David Lim said.Lim, from Curtin ’s School of Public Health, added that the...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 6, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
March 5, 2020 Edition.-----The virus seems to be working to take over the world. President Trump is telling us what a wonderful job he is doing as the case numbers and deaths start to rise. The next week or so will be critical and it will be interesting to see how things evolve.A bit of good news is that peace seems to have broken out between the USA and the Taliban. Can ’t see that really lasting.In the UK Boris is marrying his girl friend after impregnating her in Barnaby like fashion. Brexit seems to be getting stormier as best one can tell.In Australia we have gone full pandemic and we are all waiting to see what...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 5, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Health Takes Two Awards For Being Hopeless At Protecting Health Data, Losing It Or Letting It Roam Freely!
This release appeared late last week.Email highlighted as a key risk for data breaches 28 February 2020 Malicious or criminal attacks including cyber incidents remain the leading cause of data breaches involving personal information in Australia, with almost one in three breaches linked to compromised login credentials, a new report shows.This includes phishing attacks which caused at least 15 per cent of data breaches notified to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) from July to December 2019.The OAIC ’s latest Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) Report warns organisations about the risks associat...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 5, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is Really Becoming Just Quite Absurd I Believe. Talk About Flogging A Dead Horse.
This week we have seen the promotional activities of the ADHA functionaries rise to just absurd levels.A few examples.Here:Register for the My Health Record WebinarWednesday 4 March 6pm -7pm AEDT26 February 2020: Understanding how to register and upload to My Health Record can be challenging. Join Professor Steven Boyages as he interviews Carey Doolan from the Australian Digital Health Agency to provide practical advice to help you register and upload to My Health Record. To register for this webinar on 4th March 2020, 6-7pm AEDT go to here.For information about how the National Allergy Strategy is working with the Au...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 4, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - March 3, 2020.
-----This weekly blog is to explore the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy, AI / ML. technology, social media and related matters.I will also try to highlight ADHA Propaganda when I come upon it.Just so we keep count, the latest Notes from the ADHA Board are dated 6 December, 2018! Secrecy unconstrained! This is really the behaviour of a federal public agency gone rogue – and it just goes on! When you read this it will be near 16 months of radio silence, and worse, while the CEO, COO and the Chief of Staff have gone, still no change. I wonder will things improve at some point &ndash...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 3, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 3 March, 2020.
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-----Another pretty quiet week, only interrupted by a total rubbish press release from the ADHA seemingly hoping they can convince radiologists – of all people – the use their monster. Fat chance I reckon.Otherwise – all sorts on interesting bits and pieces. Enjoy!-----https://www.ausdoc.com.au/news/healthengine-launc...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 2, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Would Be Hard To Pick A Specialty That Would Find The #MyHealthRecord Less Useful!
This appeared last week:Media Release: New training modules for clinical radiologists to increase number of test results on My Health Record28 February, 2020: New training modules for clinical radiologists to increase number of test results on My Health Record.The latest statistics from January 2020 show that 43% of pathology and diagnostic imaging practices are connected to my Health Record. To enable providers to get maximum value from My Heath Record and increase the number of test results uploaded for viewing by GPs and their patients, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) and Australian...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 1, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 516 – Results – 1st March, 2020.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The ADHA Has Ensured Adequate Security For The External Devices And Computer Systems That Have Access To The #myHealthRecord System?Yes 1% (1) No 98% (85) I Have No Idea 1% (1) Total votes: 87 Very clear vote – no one can see where the ADHA has lifted its security game! Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. An OK voter turnout this week. It must also have been an easy question as only 1/87 readers were not sur e how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This is the initial part of the post - read more by c...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 1, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 29 February, 2020.
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/2020/02/google-macmillan-cancer-support/Dr Google causes concern for Macmillan Cancer SupportCharity Macmillan Cancer Support has said it is concerned patients are turning to the internet for information about the disease, leaving them feeling confused and depressed.Hanna Crouch February 19, 2020Research from the charity, based on a ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 29, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Am Not Sure The AFP Is Looking For A Digital Health Record Of The Type We Might Imagine!
This appeared a few days ago.AFP searches for digital health record systemBy Justin Hendry on Feb 18, 2020 6:55AM Will replace disparate databases, paper-based records.The Australian Federal Police is set to introduce an agency-wide electronic health records system to better manage the health information of its 6000-plus staff.The national policing agency revealed plans for the “organisation health solution” in a request for tender on Friday in a bid to better identify officers at risk of injury or illness.The solution, which will consist of a “central repository” for personnel health information, w...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
February, 27, 2020 Edition.-----What a mess we are seeing with the selection of a presidential candidate by the Democrats in the USA. They are either too old, to left or just useless politically. The sooner a viable candidate emerges who can make some sort of contest out of the November election with Trump the better for all of us I believe.CORVID-19 seems still to be spreading and where it will all end is not clear at the present. I suspect a further month of watching and observation will be needed.In the UK things are quiet as we wait to see just what sort of trade deal and other arrangement can be agreed. It won ’...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 27, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Looks Like An Absurd Frolic With Public Money I Reckon.
I noticed this a few days ago.Communities Of ExcellenceBetter health for all Australians Communities across Australia could benefit from improved integration of digital health.The Agency is focussed on improving digital health outcomes in Australian communities through the use of technology to deliver better quality healthcare  – especially during transition of care, such as from the community to the hospital when medication errors are most likely to occur.The digital health Communities of Excellence program will create learnings from a fully connected community, which could be replicated across similar communit...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 27, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Sad To Say, But It Looks Like The Kiwis Are Beating Us Again! This Time At Electronic Health Records!
I spotted this last weeknHIP heads back to CabinetTuesday, 18 February 2020   eHealthNews.nz editor Rebecca McBethThe national Health Information Platform programme business case is due to be considered by Cabinet at the end of March.The Ministry of Health is seeking a multi-year funding model with separate business cases developed to support four tranches of the programme. The new platform is being developed to enable sharing of patient data and will “assemble a virtual electronic record on an ‘as required’ basis from multiple trusted sources, and provide access to data and services”, eHe...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 26, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems Many Patients Really Do Not Understand The Results Reports They May Be Able To Access In The #myHealthRecord.
This appeared last week:Online pathology results confuse patients Two studies highlight the risk of poor understanding and worry when patients access online results written for doctors19th February 2020By Reuters HealthMany patients have a hard time deciphering online test results, leading to unnecessary anxiety, doctors warn on the back of two new studies.The findings raise questions over the benefits versus risks of giving patients access to their digital pathology reports and highlight the need for test results to be written with patients in mind, they say in JAMA D...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 26, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - February 25, 2020.
-----This weekly blog is to explore the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy, AI / ML. technology, social media and related matters.I will also try to highlight ADHA Propaganda when I come upon it.Just so we keep count, the latest Notes from the ADHA Board are dated 6 December, 2018! Secrecy unconstrained! This is really the behaviour of a federal public agency gone rogue – and it just goes on! When you read this it will be near 15 months of radio silence, and worse, while the CEO, COO and the Chief of Staff have gone, still no change. I wonder will things improve at some point &ndash...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 25, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 24 February, 2020.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----Really another quiet week with the main news being that the Audit Office is going to have another look at the security around the #myHealthRecord. Seems they have some concerns about just how good it really is – as do others.Otherwise say hello to the Australasian Institute of Digital Health.  It started this morning of...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 24, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Looks Like The Audit Office Is Going To Further Assess #myHealthRecord Security.
The objective of the audit, ANAO said, will be to assess the... 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 23, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 515 – Results – 23rd February, 2020.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The COVID-19 Outbreak Poses A Substantial Threat To The Australian Economy When Added To The Drought, Floods and Bushfires We Have Already Seen?Yes 63% (38) No 33% (20) I Have No Idea 3% (2) Total votes: 60 A fairly clear majority vote. Most seem to think all this will knock us about a bit. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A very poor turn out of votes. Pity about that - must have been a boring question? It must also hav e been a relatively hard question as 2/60 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those that...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 22, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 22 February, 2020.
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/2020/02/data-strategies-must-be-designed-around-patient-input-report-finds/Data strategies must be designed around patient input, report findsPatients must be included in the development of strategies designed to gain benefit from NHS data, according to a new report.Andrea Downey – 12 February, 2020The report, NHS Data: Maximis...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 22, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Is A Rather Sad Day As A Significant Digital Health Publication Closes After Twenty Seven Years.
Here is the final exit commentary from the Editor.https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/what-should-lie-ahead-for-healthcare-it-in-the-next-decadeWhat should lie ahead for healthcare IT in the next decade By Fred BazzoliFebruary 13, 2020, 9:35 p.m. EST As Health Data Management wraps up 27 years of reporting on the healthcare information technology industry today, it gives me a chance to pause and reflect, and to look hopefully toward the future for the industry.Much has been accomplished. I recall an early HIMSS conference at which an exhibit featured a one terabyte database of images of the globe. It was powered...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
February, 20, 2020 Edition.-----President Trump is off and rolling to try and get re-elected and at present is has to said he is very much looking like the favourite, which I am sure will worry many. All else really pales into insignificance.Boris has fired his Chancellor to more centralise his power – which is a worrying trend I believe.In Australia the National Party seems to be melting down and coal is driving all sorts of stupidity in virtually all the major political parties. It is truly bizarre what is going on and is costing us all a lot. ----- Major Issues.-----https://www.afr.com/comp anies/financial-service...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 20, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems That The Government Can ’t Quite Work Out What To Do #myHealthRecord Data.
This appeared last week.My Health Record de-identified data sharing plans pushed backBy Justin Hendry on Feb 14, 2020 7:03AM Basic governance not in place after two yearsControversial plans to share de-identified My Health Record data by default for research and public health purposes have been quietly pushed back, with basic arrangements necessary for the release of data not yet in place.iTnews can reveal the Department of Health has delayed the release of the first de-identified datasets sourced from the federal government ’s $2 billion digital health record system until next year.Under the secondary data use frame...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 19, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

If You Were Wondering What Happened To Real-Time Prescription Monitoring The Minister Thinks He Knows!
This popped up last week!States to blame for national real-time script-tracking saga: Hunt Health minister sets new deadline for 'heel-dragging' states to jump on board10th February 2020By Antony ScholefieldIf you are wondering what happened to the national roll-out of real-time prescription monitoring, Minister for Health Greg Hunt says blame the states.The introduction of a national tracking system to tackle the deaths and health harms of the opioid epidemic has become one of the longest unimplemented policy initiatives in Australian healthcare — with the first federal reform pledge dating back to 2012.Five ye...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 19, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Doctors Are Noticing That The #myHealthRecord Is Infested With Untrue Spin And Continues To Be Pretty Useless!
This appeared last week:The 2.9 million reasons why My Health Record is still wasting GP time With doctors still deeply skeptical about its clinical value, the spin needs to end12th February 2020By Paul SmithThere are still serious issues over the My Health Record and whether the billion-dollar system has a future. Australian Doctor editor Paul Smith warns nothing is being done to address the crisis of faith among the medical profession. The number is basic, but it helps tell an unwanted story. In December last year, GPs collectively uploaded 2,996,570 documents to the My Health Record.Over the same period, the...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 19, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - February 18, 2020.
-----This weekly blog is to explore the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy, AI / ML. technology, social media and related matters.I will also try to highlight ADHA Propaganda when I come upon it.Just so we keep count, the latest Notes from the ADHA Board are dated 6 December, 2018! Secrecy unconstrained! This is really the behaviour of a federal public agency gone rogue – and it just goes on! When you read this it will be near 15 months of radio silence, and worse, while the CEO, COO and the Chief of Staff have gone, still no change. I wonder will things improve at some point &ndash...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 18, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 17 February, 2020.
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-----Things seem to be livening up this week with Aust Doctor suggesting there are a heap of issues with the #myHealthRecord and ITnews pointing out the data handling profiles for Secondary Use are still a shambles.Elsewhere Minister Hunt is passing the blame around and we are all wondering how COVID-19 will work out over the next mont...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 17, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 514 – Results – 16th February, 2020.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The Government(s) Will Provide The Significant Funding Necessary To 'Replatform' The #myHealthRecord In The Next Year Or Two?Yes 19% (19) No 77% (79) I Have No Idea 4% (4) Total votes: 102 A clear majority vote. Most don’t think the Government will fund the #myHealthRecord redevelopment. This suggests most don't think it has a future. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A very reasonable turn out of votes . It must have been a harder question as 4/102 readers were not sure how to respond. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 16, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Talk About Strategic Overreach And Total Stupidity In A Planned Use Of The #myHealthRecord.
I came upon this alarming document the other day.AMA Submission to the Therapeutic Goods Administration – Proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard – March 2020medicines.scheduling@health.gov.auThe AMA thanks the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for the opportunity to comment on the Proposed amendments to the Poisons standard consultation. The following feedback applies to the scheduling p roposals referred to the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS #29) and joint ACMS/ Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling (ACCS) meetings (ACMS-ACCS #24), March 2020.The AMA does not support the down-s...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 16, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 15 February, 2020.
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/how-acos-are-integrating-social-determinants-of-health-in-practiceHow ACOs are Integrating Social Determinants of Health in PracticeA new report found that data, community partnership, and funding are challenging ACOs addressing the social determinants of health.By Sara HeathFebruary 04, 2020 - Despite agreement that the...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 15, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Is One Of The Bigger Cyber Attacks In Quite A While. National Economic Impact For Sure.
This appeared last week:Toll 'humbled' as cyber attack struggle continuesPaul Smith Technology EditorFeb 7, 2020 — 3.44pmToll Group managing director Thomas Knudsen has described the "humbling" efforts of his staff to keep the company going this week and battle its way through a significant ransomware cyber attack, that has forced its systems offline since last Friday, saying it is making good progress in it s recovery, and hoped to be working normally within the next few days.In a statement to The Australian Financial Review Mr Knudsen, who was a senior executive at Danish logistics giant Maersk when it wa...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems Others Are Aware Of The Risk The #myHealthRecord May Be Full Of A Lot Of Useless Data.
I spotted this announcement a few days ago.My Health Record: harmonised data quality assessment across the data lifecycleEvent date: 12 February 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pmLocation: Room 305, Level 3, Samuels Building, UNSW Upper Campus, KensingtonOpen to: Open to allCost: Free - no booking requiredEvent Type: SeminarFile Attachment: Teng-Liaw_Seminar_12Feb2020.pdfSchool/Unit: School of Public Health and Community Medicine, SPHCMBooking deadline: The My Health Record (MHR) data repository stores patient summaries uploaded from information systems of participating health services across ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 13, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
February, 13 2020 Edition.-----It has been an amazing week with Trump being acquitted in his Impeachment Trial and then firing some of those who gave evidence against him. He is becoming a very little vengeful little man I believe. He is now working hard to blow up the US Department of Justice and its independent values. This will not end well if he is re-elected...Boris is down in the weeds now working out just what to do next.In OZ the first week of parliament has gone badly and ructions within the Coalition are really in full flight. I sense this will not end well! Really the National Party is looking more and more non-...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 13, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Have To Say This Is Really A Very Sad Trend. The Social Media Platforms Must Do Better.
This appeared last week.Facebook removes posts as coronavirus misinformation spreads on social mediaBy Katie Paul on Feb 3, 2020 1:56PM Targets conspiracy theories and false claims.Facebook said it will take down misinformation about China's fast-spreading coronavirus, in a rare departure from its usual approach to dubious health content that is presenting a fresh challenge for social media companies.The coronavirus outbreak has stoked a wave of anti-China sentiment around the globe. Hoaxes have spread widely online, promoted by conspiracy theorists and exacerbated by a dearth of information from the cordoned-off zone arou...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 12, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy, Safety And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - February 11, 2020.
-----This weekly blog is to explore the larger issues around Digital Health, data security, data privacy, AI / ML. technology, social media and related matters.I will also try to highlight ADHA Propaganda when I come upon it.Just so we keep count, the latest Notes from the ADHA Board are dated 6 December, 2018! Secrecy unconstrained! This is really the behaviour of a federal public agency gone rogue – and it just goes on! When you read this it will be over 14 months of radio silence, and worse, while the CEO, COO and the Chief of Staff have gone, still no change. I wonder will things improve at some point &ndash...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Can This Be Real? What An Utter Waste Of Public Money!
Spotted this: Mar. 26 2020Introduction to My Health Recordby City of Tea Tree Gully Event InformationDescriptionThis session will introduce you to My Health Record. My Health Record is an online platform allowing healthcare professionals to share information with each other as well as the patient, to help give a clearer and more complete picture of a person’s health to aid in their treatment. This session will give you an overview of the platform, along with the opportunity to access and use My Health Record. You will need an active email address and a MyGov account. You can use one of our computers o r bring you...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 11, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 10 February, 2020.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----It seems there is more happening and more in the way of cyber issues being reported. Spin central and its mates have also been active to what seems from the poll to universal condemnation.Also Vale Paul Shetler – the source of my favourite quote on the #myHealthRecord!Have a fun browse.-----https://www.theaustralian.com.au/b...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs