This blog is totally independent and has only three major objectives.
The first is to inform readers of news and happenings in the e-Health domain, both here in Australia and world-wide.
The second is to provide commentary on e-Health in Australia and to foster improvement where I can.
The third is to encourage discussion of the matters raised in the blog so hopefully readers can get a balanced view of what is really happening and what successes are being achieved.
Monday, June 01, 2015
Weekly Australian Health IT Links –1st June, 2015.
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.
A very quiet week on the surface but the Government has been busy as is covered on the blog elsewhere.
Again we see Telstra getting a fair bit of coverage in e-Health.
Rural health also get a lot of coverage and the place of the Internet and e-Health in the Bush.
Telstra’s latest addition to its e-health portfolio is set to marshal the resources and skills of full-time doctors to deliver convenience-driven healthcare through a mobile app and telephone service.
ReadyCare, poised for release on July 1, will provide 24/7 access to a GP consultation via a secure video service, and is built on a Swiss online model by joint-venture partner and healthcare provider Medgate.
Telstra’s head of Consumer and Tele-Health Services Wayne Liubinskas told The Australian that ReadyCare flipped the GP healthcare model on its head.
“The current consumer experience is that you have to go see a doctor at a time that really works for them as opposed to what works for you as a consumer,” Mr Liubinskas said. “ReadyCare is really about getting access to the care. We see it coming together in a concept of a consumer gateway which allows (the) consumer to access all different parts of the healthcare platform.
‘Possibilities’ was the theme of the final day of #ruralhealthconf, and the ideas put forward by the keynote and concurrent session speakers challenged delegates to broaden their horizons and re-think narrow conceptions of rural health.
From the forces of globalisation, to the impact of domestic economic policies, to the need for reform of local funding arrangements, speakers outlined the forces that will shape our health system in the future and the possibilities these create for rural and remote health.
One of the most important outcomes from the National Rural Health Conference in Darwin will be a set of recommendations for action to improve health services in rural and remote areas and to overcome some of the barriers to good health.
These recommendations will be developed via a collaborative and structured process open to all delegates. This process centres around the ‘Sharing Shed’, an online portal through which Conference delegates can propose recommendations to the full body of delegates, with every individual delegate being able to express a view on all ideas proposed by providing comments and by ranking or weighting separate recommendations.
A Florida hospital has successfully tested lag time created by the Internet for a simulated robotic surgery in Ft. Worth, Texas, more than 1,200 miles away from the surgeon who was at the virtual controls.
Next, the hospital plans to test lag times for remote robotic or "telesurgery" in Denver and then Loma Linda, Calif.
The experiment wasn't performed on live patients, but rather on virtual patients using a machine called "Mimic Simulator." The training hospital was taking a first step in testing Internet lag time between when a surgeon moves a remote robotic instrument and when it reacts.
The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) was established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to develop better ways of electronically collecting and securely exchanging health information. NEHTA is the lead organisation supporting the national vision for eHealth in Australia.
NEHTA is currently seeking people with a desire to make a difference to health outcomes, who are passionate about the use of eHealth to meet these goals and have the relevant experience to deliver solutions in a highly complex stakeholder and technical environment.
As a Project Manager within NEHTA you will be responsible for the Clinical Document and Template Service projects and all products aligned with the approved Delivery Work Programme. The role will facilitate and coordinate the implementation initiatives to ensure they are consistent with the NEHTA strategic plan and have acceptance by the Australian Health Industry.
Telco giant Telstra Corporation Ltd(ASX: TLS) is hardly the first company that springs to mind when you are talking about e-health.
You might consider companies like Primary Health Care Limited(ASX: PRY) and its network of medical centres, or hospital operators like Ramsay Health Care Limited(ASX: RHC) and Healthscope Limited(ASX: HSO) to be more likely candidates.
But Telstra is approaching e-health seriously and plans to utilise its vast networks and telecommunications infrastructure to deliver e-health services to customers in future.
In almost every industry, aggregating data on a large scale and running predictive analytics have the power to improve our lives. With healthcare, this power is magnified because conclusions drawn from analytics can directly affect patient health and well-being.
Unfortunately, discussions of so-called big data applications often are filled will vendor hype and sales hyperbole. It's a shame because there are many practical lessons and examples to illustrate the value of predictive analytics.
One of these use cases came forth during a CXOTalk discussion with the one of the foremost healthcare CIOs in the world, Dr. John Halamka. He described a personal situation demonstrating how data and analytics can overcome certain limitations of traditional health care.
Software firm Orion Health has seen its full-year loss blow out to more than $NZ60 million, but has reported an uptick in revenue and remains confident of its position in the multi-billion dollar health IT market.
In the full year to March 31, Orion posted a net loss of $NZ60.004m ($55.923m), a significant decline on the loss of $NZ1.137m a year earlier.
Orion said the result largely reflected the company’s strategy to increase investment in new product development as well as building service delivery capacity to meet customer demand.
Revenue in the period was $NZ164.072m, a 7.2 per cent increase on the previous year.
A new study says data breaches are costing companies millions.
The cost of data breaches is rising for companies around the world as sophisticated thieves target valuable financial and medical records, according to a new study.
The total average cost of a data breach is now $US3.8 million ($4.9m), up from $US3.5 million ($4.5m) a year ago, according to the study by data security research organisation Ponemon Institute, paid for by International Business Machines (IBM).
The direct costs include hiring experts to fix the breach, investigating the cause, setting up hotlines for customers and offering credit monitoring for victims. Business lost because customers are wary after a breach can be even greater, the study said.