Webcast / Webinar Update.
I am reliably informed that the session on Monday is going ahead as mentioned in the previous blog which is found here: https://aushealthit.blogspot.com/2019/03/this-should-be-very-worthwhile-viewing.html I am waiting for an e-mail regarding who and how interested parties can access the session. It maybe worthwhile clicking the link about 15-20 mins before the session - say about 9:30 am on Monday 18/3/2019. htt ps://login.redbackconferencing.com.au/landers/page/3840b6 I will update this page if I learn more. Anyone else who knows feel free to tell us all via a comment! David. Update: As recently as 3pm 17/3/2019 t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

It Seems The #myHealthRecord And The Parliamentary Network Have a Similar And Hard To Fix Vulnerability.
This appeared a few days ago.MPs make security hard, says the Department of Parliamentary ServicesDPS says “variety of software and services utilised by parliamentarians” makes it hard to implement ASD’s ‘Essential Eight’Rohan Pearce (Computerworld) 15 March, 2019 12:19 The variety of applications and services employed by MPs and their staff present a security challenge that is probably unique across the federal public sector, according to the Department of Parliamentary Services. In a letter to a parliamentary committee scrutinising the cyber resilience of a number of Commonwealth entities, t...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 17, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Should Be Very Worthwhile Viewing To Discover If The ADHA Gets It Or Not - Assuming You Can Work Out How To Register!
I spotted this yesterday.Consultation Launch and Vision and Principles Workshop - ADHAWhen?MON 18 MAR 2019What Time?10:00 AM - 11:45 AM AEDTWhere?ONLINEAlready registered? Login below:Access commences 30 mins prior to the start timeEvent has not started yet. Please see event date and time for details. Sharing the right health information at the right time is critical to high quality, sustainable health and care. Australia's National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, seamless and secure: evolving health and care to meet the needs of modern Australia  – highlights the importance of connected health services a...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 16th March, 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/2019/03/what-matt-hancock-got-right-and-wrong-about-the-pager-purge/What Matt Hancock got right – and wrong – about the pager purgeNo one could disagree with Matt Hancock’s contention that the pager is an outdated pieces of technology. But Joost Bruggeman fears a blanket ban on their use in the NHS is a blunt tool &...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Wonder How Many Will Snoop On The #myHealthRecord When Most People Have A One. Even Now We See The Numbers Of Accesses Rising Again.
This appeared a little while agoFewer Human Services staff caught accessing customer dataBy Sally WhyteMarch 4, 2019 — 11.58amThe number of Human Services staff found to be accessing customer data without authorisation has been steadily dropping over the past two years, but has increased slightly this year.In the first half of this financial year, seven public servants have been sacked for breaching the APS code of conduct relating to unauthorised access, the same amount who were sacked in the whole 2017-18 year.In that year two staff pulled the plug themselves before their employers could.The Department of Human Ser...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 15, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
March 14, 2019 Edition.-----In the US the big news is that the share-market had its worst week in a number of years and that has infuriated Trump more than somewhat. In related news Kim Jong Un appears to be preparing to start launching missiles again after the Summit failed. Things are going to hell in a handbasket it seems. The Boeing aircraft crashes are awful and people are now wondering about systemic issues with the aircraft...a real worry!Brexit seems to have run out of runway and we are now seeing panic as to what to do! In the mean time the European economy is losing altitude at an alarming rate …As late a ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Does The World Health Organisation Establishing A Digital Health Unit Signify Peak Digital Health?
We had some alarming news during the week:World Health Organization announces new Department of Digital HealthThursday, 7 March 2019   (0 Comments) WHO has announced the most wide-ranging reforms in the organisation ’s history to modernise and strengthen the institution to play its role more effectively and efficiently as the world’s leading authority on public health.One of the key changes is “harnessing the power of digital health and innovation by supporting countries to assess, integrate, regulate and maximise the opportunities of digital technologies and artificial intelligence, supported b...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Seems Like A Big, And Rather Slow Win, Until You Review The Fine Print! There is Still A Way To Go!
This appeared last week:Health ends limbo over Telstra's $220m national cancer registerBy Justin Hendry on Mar 6, 2019 7:02AM Go-live for last major component planned for November.The protracted period of uncertainty over the replacement of Australia ’s outdated bowel cancer screening register has finally been lifted, after the Department of Health issued a firm go-live date for the second-half of its troubled national cancer register being built by Telstra.The major component of the $220 million single national record for the screening of cer vical and bowel cancers has been languishing without a go-live for the las...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On Digital Health And Related Privacy And Security Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 34.
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 also broadened this section to try to cover all the privacy and security compromising and impacting announcements in the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 11th March, 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-----Quite a busy week with all sorts of odds and ends being exposed to public gaze. There were coroner ’s reports and other bad news as well as some good software news and further revelations on the NBN and its tortuous progress!-----https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/baby-born-with-brain-damage-after-fragmente...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 11, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 465 – Results – 10th March, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.The ADHA Was Apparently Planning To Spend $100,000+ On A Full Staff Meeting For 450 Staff And Guests At The Sydney Cricket Ground? Is This Reasonable Given Modern Communications And Other Options?Yes 5% (6) No 95% (116) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 122 What an clear-cut poll. Most seem to think it was not a great idea although a few felt the ADHA needed a lot more investment in its staff etc. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A more than reasonable turnout of vote s! It must have been a really question as just 0/122 readers were not sure what the approp...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

What A Surprise US CIOs Realise That Many Can ’t Use Their Digital Health Tools And That There Are All Sorts Of Problems.
This appeared a few days ago:Are all patients up to the task of managing their own health data? Some CIOs say no by Heather Landi Mar 7, 2019 11:09am With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introducing policies to drive interoperability and CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently making it clear that “patient data belongs to patients,” there is increasing discussion about giving patients easier access to their health data.But, will all patients truly be up to the task of managing their own health data?Some CIOs say definitely not, especially those patients who are chronically ill or those wi thout in...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 9th March, 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.technologyreview.com/s/613050/stick-on-sensors-will-let-premature-babies-get-the-skin-contact-they-need/Stick-on sensors will let premature babies get the skin contact they needBabies born too soon have to be closely monitored, but all that equipment stops parents from getting close. A new wireless sensor could help.by Charlotte Jee February 28, 2019...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 9, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The ADHA Sets A Personal Best For Delay In Publishing Of Board Notes!
Checked today 09/03/2019 and here is what I found: Australian Digital Health Agency BoardDownload the latest Board Meeting 22-23 August 2018 - Board Papers Here is the link: https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/about-the-agency/australian-digital-health-agency-board This means they have thumbed their noses at the curious public for over 6 months! They really are just a hopeless Board that I am sure the incoming Labor Government (which seems odds on) will replace ASAP, especially given to total hash they made of the opt-out transition. They would all be just waiting for the axe to fall I reckon! David. This is the initial...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 9, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

A Highly Regarded Medico-Legal Adviser Says The #myHealthRecord Has Real Issues For Clinicians.
This appeared last week:My Health Record: 5 problems and 1 solution In an ideal world, e-health records are a terrific idea - in real life, however, there are several medicolegal issues that are of concernDr Craig Lilienthal28th February 2019I have been trying to get my head around the medicolegal implications of My Health Record for some time now.I have studied the legislation (which is confusing for a non-lawyer) and statements from the Minister for Health (which change every time pressure is applied by diverse, interested groups).In an ideal world, e-health records would be terrific if they could be relied upon and...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 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. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

This Has Been A While Coming But The Findings Show Once Again What Rubbish Data May Wind Up In The #myHealthRecord!
This appeared a while ago but it matters:Electronic health records and online medical records: an asset or a liability under current conditions?Judith Allen-Graham A B G , Lauren Mitchell B , Natalie Heriot A , Roksana Armani A , David Langton A C , Michele Levinson A D , Alan Young A E , Julian A. Smith A F , Tom Kotsimbos A B and John W. Wilson A B + Author Affiliations Australian Health Review 42(1) 59-65 https://doi.org/10.1071/AH16095 Submitted: 28 April 2016  Accepted: 13 November 2016  Published: 20 January 2017 Journal compilation © AHHA 2018 Open Access CC BY-NC-NDAbstract:Objective The aim of the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Senate Estimates Is Always Fun When There Has Been A Good Leak! What A Huge ADHA PR Fail Despite All The Spinners They Employ!
I put this up last week from Senate Estimates of the 20th Of February:----- Begin Extract.Senator WATT: So there are about 140 or so in each. Do you often have all-staff meetings? Mr Kelsey : Actually, we haven't had an all-staff meeting since the agency started. We have all-staff virtual meetings, as you would expect we'd do as a digital agency. We do have office based meetings, but we are concerned about the costs of bringing staff together, so, at this point, we have not had an all-staff briefing. I'm just mindful of the public —the taxpayer—interest. Senator WATT: Sure. But you have had virtual all-staff me...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 6, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On The #myHealtRecord Debate And Related Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 33.
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 the week – alon...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 4th March, 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 CommentIt almost went through to the keeper but the ADHA has sprung all those unsuspecting citizens with a Government held record of their health information.Do you reckon the ADHA will tell us about how many deletions and additions they have each week. The should among a wide range of other useful metrics.-----https://www.myhealthrecord.gov....
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 4, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 464 – Results – 3rd March, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Has The ADHA Honestly And Accurately, And Without Spin, Reported To The Australian Public The Outcomes Of The Recently Conducted Opt-Out Process?Yes 2% (2) No 96% (121) I Have No Idea 2% (3) Total votes: 126 What an clear-cut poll. Most seem to think the ADHA are full of spin and could not report the truth if it hit them across the face. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A more than reasonable turnout of votes! It mu st have been a pretty easy question as just 3/126 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

FOI Request Response On The MyHR Deletion Mechanism Raises Some Very Interesting Questions!
Here is the response page:Australian Digital Health AgencyMarch 01, 2019 FOI.190218 Signed decision letter.pdf 242KDownload View as HTML Dear Mr Warren,Good afternoon. Please see the attached signed decision letter in response to your FOI request.Regards,CeciliaFOI Officer  FOI Officer, FOI Team  Strategic Service Design and DeliveryAustralian Digital Health Agency  Scarborough House, Level 6, 1 Atlantic Street, Woden ACT 2606Phone [1]+61 22230780 Mobile [2]+61 Email [3][ADHA request email] Web [4]www.digitalhealth.gov.auThe Australian Digital Health Agency acknowledges the traditional owners of...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

They Really Are An Unacceptably Secretive Lot Are The ADHA.
Captured today - 2 March 2019. Australian Digital Health Agency BoardDownload the latest Board Meeting 22-23 August 2018 - Board PapersHere is the link: https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/about-the-agency/australian-digital-health-agency-board  And they don't even do a release to announce they are lumping millions of people with a useless Secondary Data Record for them to store YOUR Health Information! I wonder might that be because they don't want to remind their victims what they have done so close to a Federal Election? I hope the Audit Office is watching! David. This is the initial part of the post - rea...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 2nd March, 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/hancock-calls-for-nhs-clinicians-to-be-able-to-email-patients-directly/Hancock calls for NHS clinicians to be able to email patients directlyMatt Hancock is calling for clinicians to be able to directly email information to patients in a bid to increase data security and reduce delays and wastage.Hanna Crouch 15 February 2019...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

What Do You Think Is Going on With System Security At Present. We Seem To Be Hearing About A Lot Of Problems!
First we had this:Australia ’s major political parties victims of cyber attack by a ‘sophisticated state actor’, PM saysAustralia's major political parties hit by cyber attackPrimrose RiordanRichard FergusonFebruary 18, 2019The computer networks of Australia’s major political parties have been the subject of a cyber-at tack by a “sophisticated state actor”, the Prime Minister has told Parliament. The news comes after the attempted hack of Australia’s parliamentary network in early February.“Members will be aware that the Australian Cyber Security Centre recently identified a ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 1, 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 28, 2019 Edition.-----Trump flies to Vietnam for a Summit with Kim, the Emergency has 16 States suing to stop it, he is fiddling to make abortion harder and the Mueller Inquiry draws ever closer. Testimony from Michael Cohen added spice to Trump's week!Brexit is still a mess with both major parties now losing members to the 2nd Referendum push.In Australia the pork-barrel is being rolled out across the country while scandals and data-leaks abound. Additionally we have Snowy 2.0 and a Royal Commission into the disability sector!----- Major Issues.https://www.afr.com/real-estate/huge-sentiment-shift-sydney-melbourne...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Senate Estimates - Community Affairs Committee - ADHA Testimony - February 20, 2019
The session ran for about 1 hour from 2:30pm to 3:30pmThose there for the ADHA were  Mr Kelsey, Ms Edwards, Ms McMahon and  Mr O ’Connor.Begin Transcript -----Senator WATT: All right. I'll leave it at that. Should we get on to My Health Record? Senator GRIFF: There are a couple of things I'd like to check off. I just want to first clarify: I understand practices have been provided with an incentive of up to $12,000 per quar ter or $50,000 a year to sign patients up to My Health Record. Is that correct, not correct? Ms Edwards : Senator, take a step back. I think what you're referring is we have an incentive...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Have The Feeling That The CEO Of The ADHA Has Become Seriously Detached From Reality.
As evidence I cite apparent quotes from the two articles linked below:Article 1.https://www.afr.com/technology/my-health-record-reflects-new-consensus-says-ceo-20190219-h1bfjmMy Health Record reflects 'new consensus', says CEO Tim KelseyBy Bo SeoUpdated Feb 19, 2019 — 1.31pm, first published at 1.14pmThe government's controversial My Health Record was part of a "new consensus" on digital health, said chief executive of the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), the government body tasked with its implementation.Tim Kelsey told The Australian Financial Revie w Healthcare Summit on Tuesday that despite many...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 27, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Great To See One Government Agency Providing Marketing Services For Another - Hardly A Balanced Statement IMVHO
This appeared in my inbox this morning: AHPRA Email – Sent 25 FebruaryThe Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is sending you this important information on behalf of the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency). The information in this email belongs to the Agency, which is responsible for it. Dear David More, Between 16 July 2018 and 31 January 2019, Australians had the opportunity to choose to have a My Health Record or to opt-out if they did not want a record created for them. Strengthened privacy protectionsOn 26 November 2018, the Australian Parliament passed new laws to strengthen My H...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Great To See One Government Providing Marketing Services For Another - Hardly A Balanced Statement IMVHO
This appeared in my inbox this morning: AHPRA Email – Sent 25 FebruaryThe Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is sending you this important information on behalf of the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency). The information in this email belongs to the Agency, which is responsible for it. Dear David More, Between 16 July 2018 and 31 January 2019, Australians had the opportunity to choose to have a My Health Record or to opt-out if they did not want a record created for them. Strengthened privacy protectionsOn 26 November 2018, the Australian Parliament passed new laws to strengthen My H...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 26, 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 32.
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 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 25th 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-----It has been quite a week. We have had the opt-out process have 5 times more people opt out than happened in the trials (1.9%) and we have had so many data breaches reported I have lost count.I ’d worry about the myHR if I were you if the hackers are penetrating the Federal Parliament!------https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/n...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 463 – Results – 24th February, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Are The Australian Public Receiving Value-For-The Money For The Money Being Spent On The ADHA At Present?Yes 3% (5) No 97% (146) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 151 What an clear-cut poll. Most seem to think that that the public is the subject of a rip-off, and not getting what they pay for. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A more than reasonable turnout of votes - back to nor mal! It must have been a pretty easy question as just 0/151 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, many, many thanks to all those that voted! David. This ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Yet Again An Insightful Comment Lays The Disingenuous ADHA Exposed To Ridicule. They Really Need To Start Behaving Like Mature, Truthful Adults!
Again an anon. reader has called out the fraudulent ADHA. Quote from the comment in italics “The measure of ADHA success is clear in the national strategy (or the let’s rationale our overblown budgets).Extract from online versionAlmost five million Australians now have a record (20% of the population)[7] and, with opt-out participation arrangements due to be implemented from 2018, an e stimated 98% of the population will then have a My Health Record. In 2018, Australia will have the highest participation rate in a national health record system in the world. For the first time, members of healthcare teams will h...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 24, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 23rd 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/topol-review-nhs-focus-digital-workforce/Topol Review concludes NHS should ‘focus on building digital workforce’The NHS must “focus on building a digital ready workforce”, a report by Dr Eric Topol has concluded.Hanna Crouch 11 February, 2019The California based cardiologist, geneticist, and digital me...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

My Heavens The Queensland Saga Seems To Just Roll On And On!
Lucy Stone has continued the Queensland E-Health Saga this week.First there was this:Electronic medical record costing Queensland hospitals millionsBy Lucy StoneFebruary 11, 2019 — 10.20pmQueensland’s public hospitals are dealing with multimillion-dollar blowouts to install an integrated electronic medical record that clinicians say is flawed and putting patients at risk.Many Hospital and Health Services are floundering under the booming cost of the health department’s integrated electronic medical record (ieMR) project, while patients at some public hospitals have been affected by increased elective surg...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 22, 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 21, 2019 Edition.-----Trump has called a National Emergency on the southern USA Border as well as keeping the Government open. This will mean a huge number of law suits – which have already started – on emergency powers and the like.Brexit remains in limbo.Border protection seems to have become the major issue again and the Coalition seems now to think it is in with a real chance at the Federal Election planned for May. Time will tell I guess.----- Major Issues .https://www.afr.com/business/banking-and-finance/the-shift-in-global-economic-mood-that-caused-central-bankers-to-blink-20190210-h1b2j7The shi...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - February 21, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

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