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

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

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

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

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On The MyHR Debate And Related Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 28.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: This week has just covered all the privacy compromising announcements in a week – along wit h the myHR. It never seems to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

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

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 28th January, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----The news seems to have come back with a rush this week, lots on the go. Enjoy the browse.------https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/racgp/minimum-software-requirements-to-improve-safety-anMinimum software requirements to improve safety and qualityThe RACGP has released new recommendations for clinical software minimum requirements to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 28, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

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

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

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 26th January, 2019.
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://www.digitalhealth.net/2019/01/digital-valuable-prevention-long-term-plan/Digital is a valuable tool for prevention – and so rightly it’s at the heart of the long term planDigital is at the heart of the NHS Long Term Plan. Quite right too, argues Tara Donnelly, newly appointed interim chief digital officer at NHS England – it can be ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

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

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

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

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

Commentators and Journalists Weigh In On The MyHR Debate And Related Matters. Lots Of Interesting Perspectives - Week 27.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: This week has just covered all the privacy compromising announcements in a week – along wit h the myHR. It never seems to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 22, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 21st January, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentThe silly season rolls on for just one more week and then we are back to work etc. Enjoy the quick browse and back to sleep!-----https://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/has-my-health-record-been-sensible-use-2-billionHas My Health Record been a sensible use of $2 billion? The national audit office will consider the questionAntony Scho...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 21, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

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

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

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

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 19th January, 2019.
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://www.digitalhealth.net/2019/01/nhs-technology-milestones-long-term-plan/Digitally enabled care to go ‘mainstream’ in the next decade, Long Term Plan promisesNHS England has pledged that digitally-enabled care will go ‘mainstream’ across the NHS over the next decade, and set eight milestones on the way to that goal.Hanna Crouch, 7 Ja...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 19, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

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

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

The UK Seems To Be Moving In A Different Direction With Shared Records And Digital Health. Very Interesting I Believe.
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Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 16, 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 26.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: This week has just covered all the privacy compromising announcements in a week – along wit h the myHR. It never seems to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 15, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 14th January, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General CommentAgain we are still in the ‘silly season’ but there is a little news around.Note we are getting close to the end of the Opt-Out Period so warn all those who may want to be free of this soon!-----https://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/safescript-issues-alerts-3300-patients-two-monthsSafeScript issues alerts for 3300 pati en...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Have Your Say On The Australian National Audit Office Review Of The #myHealthRecord.
The objective of this audit is to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Digital Health Agency's implementation of the My Health Record system.Audit criteriaThe ANAO proposes to examine whether the:implementation of the My Health Record system promotes achievement of its purposes;My Health Record system risks are appropriately assessed, managed and monitored; andmonitoring and evaluation arrangements for the My Health Record system are effective.Contribute to this auditThe ANAO welcomes members of the public contributing information for consideration when conducting performance audits. Performance audits involv...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 457 – Results – 13th January, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Which Of The Following Do You Think Is The Most Likely Fate Of The #myHealthRecord And The ADHA CEO By The End Of 2019?MyHealthRecord Opt-Out Continues And Tim Kelsey Remains ADHA CEO 8% (9) MyHealthRecord Opt-Out Continues But Tim Kelsey Removed As ADHA CEO 8% (10) MyHealthRecord Moves To Opt-In And Tim Kelsey Removed As ADHA CEO 52% (62) MyHealthRecord Is Shuttered And Tim Kelsey Removed As ADHA CEO 29% (34) Another Outcome That Is None Of The Above - Leave Comment 2% (2) I Have No Idea 2% (2) Total votes: 119 What an amazing poll. A touch over 50% see opt-in restored. Another 30i...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Yet More Evidence That The #myHealthRecord Is Not Much Use For Its Most Ballyhooed Use Case -Emergency Care
This press release appeared on Friday.http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/1/11/a-new-device-for-queenslanders-in-a-medical-emergencyMinister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services The Honourable Steven Miles Friday, January 11, 2019A new device for Queenslanders in a medical emergencyA new device will give paramedics greater access to a patient ’s vital medical information in an emergency.Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the SafeMate program, launched today by Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), SafeMate and Medibank, is a new digital system housing a patient’s medical and pers...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 12th January, 2019.
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://www.statnews.com/2019/01/03/google-entering-practice-medicine/Google is quietly infiltrating medicine — but what rules will it play by?By Michael L. Millenson January 3, 2019With nearly 80 percent of internet users searching online for health-related information, it’s no wonder the catchphrase “Dr. Google” has caught on, to the del...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 12, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Digital Divide Strikes Again And The ADHA Continues To Be In Pathetic Denial.
This popped up last week:Greg Hunt warns pharmacists and doctors on medicine informationBy Dana McCauley1 January 2019 — 5:15pmFederal Health Minister Greg Hunt will write to pharmacists and doctors to remind them of their responsibilities, after consumer advocates raised concerns that patients were not being given vital information about medicine interactions and side effects.The Consumers Health Forum of Austral ia called on Mr Hunt to step in after receiving complaints that patients were not always being given consumer medicine information documents (CMIs), which pharmaceutical companies are required by law to mak...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 11, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General Among Other Things.
January 10, 2019 Edition.-----Is has been a pretty messy week for Trump with the Democrats taking over in the House. He wants a wall, they do not and so the Government is shut down still!The Brexit vote in Parliament happens soon now and the outcome is not at all clear!In Australia the care-taker LNP Government continues to pretend it is in power and makes all sorts of decisions and remarks most just choose to ignore.Ugly racist riots in Victoria are both bad and sad. That they are happening at all is a genuine worry I believe.----- Major Issues.https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/financial-downturn-signals-flas...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Really Thought This Was A Fun If Rather Obvious Point To Make! The #myHealthRecord Needs The Same!
This appeared last week:How 'cranky comments' can help spot CDS alert errorsPartners HealthCare researchers show how they mine override comments to detect areas where clinical decision support systems could be improved.By Mike MiliardDecember 31, 2018 01:47 PMIt's an all too common occurrence for clinical decision support alerts to misfire or otherwise malfunction. And that's a common frustration for clinicians. New research in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association shows how data scientists at Partners HealthCare are making use of provider feedback to spotlight and fix CDS errors.WHY IT MATTERS Rule-...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Impact All Those Devices Are Having On Healthcare. A Bit Of A Survey Of Ideas!
This appeared last week.How devices are letting people take control of their own healthcareBy Celina Ribeiro27 Dec 2018 — 11:00 PMIt's 6am in the yoga room when my Apple Watch beeps three times. It's not helping the mediative mood but I have to look. I've been wearing the watch for two weeks and I'm tracking everything I can about my body. Right now my heart rate is 68 beats per minute. The readout tells me I've st ood for a minute each hour for 10 consecutive hours. Through the My Fitness Pal app, I've logged exactly what I've eaten today and learned a glass of Bonsoy is nearly as calorific as a banana. Where my doc...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 9, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

ZDNet Does A Much Better Than Average Job Of Explaining The #myHealthRecord Data Breaches.
This appeared last week:My Health Record had 42 data breaches in 2017-18 but no 'malicious' attacks: ADHAHighest category of breaches was due to attempted Medicare fraud, the Australian Digital Health Agency has said in its 2017-18 annual report.By Chris Duckett | December 31, 2018 -- 02:49 GMT (13:49 AEDT) | Topic: Security Australia's troubled My Health Record recorded 42 data breaches between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has said in its 2017-18 annual report [PDF]. Three of the breaches were reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and involv...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 9, 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 25.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: This week has just covered all the privacy compromising announcements in a week – along wit h the myHR. It never seems to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 8, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 7th January, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----Another quiet week as we all adjusted to more holidays or a quick return to work ….nevertheless the #myHealthRecord continued to make news for all the wrong reasons.Things will soon start to heat up as we approach the opt-out deadline – which is not a deadline any more as you can have your data deleted at any time &nd...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Another Reason (Or Two) Why The #myHealthRecord Is A Solution Looking For A Problem.
This appeared a day or so ago:https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-disparities-patient-portals/most-u-s-patients-not-using-online-medical-portals-idUSKCN1OX1HOJanuary 4, 2019 / 4:38 AM / a day agoMost U.S. patients not using online medical portalsCarolyn Crist (Reuters Health) - Most people in the U.S. with health insurance don ’t use the patient portals that are increasingly provided by doctors for online communication, a new study suggests. In a nationally representative survey, researchers found that nearly two-thirds of insured participants had not used an online medical portal in the past year. Dispari...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 6, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 456 – Results – 6th January, 2019.
Here are the results of the poll.Do You Trust The Government To Use Personal Health Information They Hold On You (MBS, PBS Data etc.) Responsibly, Respectfully, Ethically And Securely?Yes 9% (10) No 91% (101) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 111 What an amazing poll. A very large majority do not trust the government to do the right thing with their private health information. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, great turnout of votes for the time of t he year! It must have been a very, very easy question as only 0/111 readers were not sure what the appropriate answer was. Again, m...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 6, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 05th January, 2019.
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.-----https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/patient-experience-where-your-hospital-needs-be-five-years-nowPatient experience: Where your hospital needs to be five years from nowHere ’s a look at what experts are saying hospital business decision makers should be doing today to prepare for the future. By Bill SiwickiDecember 28, 2018 09:16 AMHealthcare C-suites ar...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 5, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Surely This Is Much Too Obvious To Be News In Late 2018 - Seems Not!
This appeared last week:Doctors are asking Silicon Valley engineers to spend more time in the hospital before building appsPublished Fri, Dec 28 2018 • 9:38 AM EST | Updated Fri, Dec 28 2018 • 12:43 PM ESTChristina Farr @chrissyfarr Key PointsRichard Zane, an emergency room physician, developed a program so that engineers can understand the clinician’s workflow before they build their productsRxRevu is one sta rt-up that shadows Zane on the job.In the Bay Area, it’s become common for doctors to invite technologists from Google and elsewhere to follow them on the job.As an emergency room...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 4, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Should Podiatrists Be Provided With Full Access To A Patient's #myHealthRecord?
This popped up last week:WEBINAR - My Health Record: Revolutionising The Way We Consult How often have you wasted time chasing clinical information about your patients or spending precious minutes in consult paper pushing? The My Health Record is here to ease your load and free up your time to focus on doing what you do best – providing exceptional patient care and delivering positive patient outcomes.This webinar will provide you with all the information you need to gain the maximum benefit out of My Health Record to enhance shared clinical and patient centred care and integrate the My Health Record system into your...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Financial And Political News Relevant To E-Health And The Health Sector In General.
January 03, 2019 Edition.-----It is hard to know where to start. Increasingly you have to wonder if the Trump has ‘slipped his moorings’  with market turmoil, shutdowns, withdrawals and complaining of being ‘all alone in the Whitehouse’. It is just not getting better!Brexit is ISQ this week.In OZ we have the failed PM (Dutton) having a go at one real on who lasted a few years (Turnbull). Means it is a pretty slow news period! Barnaby is attacking Labor in the right-wing press and everyone else seem s to be on holidays!----- Major Issues.https://ymw.morningstar.com.au/#/document/172776Credit glu...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 3, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Health IT Is In The Front Line To Try And Stem The Opioid Crisis in The US – Relevant Here Too!
This appeared last week:Providers turning to health IT to combat the opioid crisis By Marla Durben HirschPublished December 26 2018, 7:49am ESTProviders have begun to harness technology to improve their management of opioids and avoid misuse. It ’s not a moment too soon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent reports, released in November, confirm that the opioid crisis is worsening. The number of drug overdose deaths in the United states in 2017 was 9.6 percent higher than in 2016. The rate of drug overdose deaths involving natural and semisynthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 2, 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 24.
Note: I have excluded (or marked out) any commentary taking significant funding from the Agency or the Department of Health on all this to avoid what amounts to paid propaganda. (e.g. CHF, RACGP, AMA, National Rural Health Alliance etc. where they were simply putting the ADHA line – viz. that the myHR is a wonderfully useful clinical development that will save huge numbers of lives at no risk to anyone – which is plainly untrue) (This signifies probable ADHA Propaganda)-----Note: This week has just covered all the privacy compromising announcements in a week – along wit h the myHR. It never seems to ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 1, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Annual Report Alert: The ADHA Has Published Its 2017-2018 Annual Report
Here is a link from which to download the .pdf. https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/about-the-agency/publications/reports/annual-report/Annual_Report_Australian_Digital_Health_Agency_2017-2018_Online.pdf You can play the "seek out all the spin" game and you will score pretty highly. There is a fair bit to be found! 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 - December 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 31st December, 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 really quiet week leading up to 2019. However, a few sleeper issues seem to have emerged. Read on …. Happy New Year To All. For the record the Blog started in 2006 - A while ago now! -----http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Data-Integration-Partnership-AustraliaData Integration Partnership Australia ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

I Reckon This Is Just A Taster For What The Department Of Health Plans With The #myHealthRecord Data In Time.
This popped up as the silly season got properly underway, and I almost missed it!Data Integration Partnership Australia (DIPA)Page last updated: 19 December 2018AccessibilityThe documents on this page may not be accessible. If you need help please contact us using the enquiries form.OverviewData held by Health is a valuable national asset. The use, re-use and sharing of Health data can help us explore the health journeys of Australian citizens. This helps researchers and policy makers to provide better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations. New insights regarding important and complex p...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

AusHealthIT Poll Number 455 – Results – 30th December, 2018.
Here are the results of the poll.Have The Large Number Of Health Information Data Leaks And Trust Abusive Actions By The Likes Of Facebook and Google Recently Meant That Centralised Projects Like #myHealthRecord Are No Longer Seen Positively By The Public In General?Yes 99% (79) No 1% (1) I Have No Idea 0% (0) Total votes: 80 What an amazing poll. Just a single respondent thinks that programs like the myHR are seen positively in the way they may have been a few years ago. Any insights on the poll welcome as a comment, as usual. A really, great turnout of votes for t he time of the year! It must have been a very, v...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 29th December, 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/2018/12/nice-standards-nhs-technology-uptake/NICE publishes standards to help improve NHS technology uptakeHanna Crouch 13 December, 2018Requirements for developing digital health technologies for the NHS have been published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).The public body has created a set of standards...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 29, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

For All The Negative Commentary The US Is Making Real Progress With Health Information Exchange And Sharing.
This appeared last week:70% of Hospitals Participated in Nationwide HIE Networks in 2017A new ONC data brief offers insight into the state of HIE adoption, health data exchange, and interoperability among acute care hospitals. By Kate MonicaDecember 20, 2018 - About 70 percent of acute care hospitals participated in at least one health information exchange (HIE) network with nationwide scope in 2017, according to a new ONC data brief evaluating methods used to enable interoperability among non-federal acute care hospitals.ONC used data from a nationally representative 2017 American Hospital Association (AHA) IT Supple...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - December 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs