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.
Really just a lot of bits and pieces this week. Not a great deal of inspirational stuff!
Sadly we see lots of spurious emissions from the ADHA wanting to tell people living at the extremities of Australia how to tweak the privacy settings of the #myHR that they don’t care about. Staggering that this is all we hear from such an aggregation of expensive (to us) public servant drones and time-servers who don't get that they should just go, do something else, and let the ADHA vanish!
Leidos scores $52m to enhance Defence's intelligence data interface
By Justin Hendry on Aug 1, 2022 11:50AM
As it continues as system integrator on long-running project.
The Department of Defence will pay Leidos just shy of $52 million to enhance its new Wagardi mission system by delivering further intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data integration improvements.
Last month, the department revealed the system – the first tranche of Joint Project 2096 Phase 1 – had reached final operational capability (FOC), delivering a single interface to search multiple datasets.
The interface, which is now in the process of being introduced into service, makes it easier for Defence personnel to access, discover and collaborate on ISR information, improving decision making.
Leidos has spent the past three-and-a-half years delivering the mission system, having been appointed system integrator for what was then described as an “evolutionary program” back in February 2019.
Clinical Information System and Electronic Medical Record application and interoperability standard
Application of this standard to the implementation of Clinical Information System and Electronic Medical Record (CIS/EMR) by health agencies will ensure continued interoperability of data applications across the state, now, and position health services to exchange data in line with future Victorian initiatives such as state-wide unique patient identification and sector wide shared clinical information whilst enabling connectivity to the national eHealth infrastructure.
This Standard defines the minimum set of functional requirements for any implementation of CIS and EMR by health services in the Victoria Public Health Sector. They are a base set of interface, terminology and functions that enable interoperability within and external to a health service.
The standard will enable health service CIS and EMR applications to integrate with current and emerging national digital health services such as My Health Record, the HI service, national electronic transfer of prescriptions.
Prior to this standard, the department (i.e. DHHS) has spent many years delivering standard and guides to the Victorian Public Health Sector (VPHS) which not only supports interoperability within the state in the current environment, but positions health services to better receive and implement national initiatives, like My Health Record. The standard includes both mandatory and optional requirements.
App Review: Ask Annie how to improve dementia care
It aims to help home and community support workers better understand people living with dementia
5th August 2022
Ask Annie is an education program that helps carers of patients with dementia fine-tune their support skills through animated scenarios based on real-life experiences.
Virtual care worker ‘Annie’ guides users through short self-paced lessons on how to find practical ways to address challenging situations and build interpersonal skills.
Developed by Dementia Australia, the modules use a problem-solving approach called ‘CAUSEd’, which encourages carers to understand how people living with dementia might be communicating their unmet needs through behaviours.
One of the aims of the app is to further strengthen the workforce — both in the community and in aged care — looking after the half a million Australians living with dementia.
Carers can choose what they want to learn based on their needs and how much time they have, as well as identifying knowledge gaps by completing interactive quizzes.
Digital health update for medical specialists – August 2022
1 August 2022
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network’s Digital Health Projects Team is working with local medical specialists to boost registrations for and use of My Health Record.
This work is leading to better communication and integrated care between specialists, primary care providers and other health services.
Use of pathology reports in My Health Record increasing
Clinicians and patients are increasingly using My Health Record to manage pathology reports, the latest data show.
The volume of pathology reports uploaded to the platform has increased by 94 per cent to 226 million in the year to 30 June 2022. Use of the pathology reports feature increased by 376 per cent to more than 20 million views in the same period.
Patients increasingly expect their health care providers to use ePathology, so how can your practice respond?
Ramsay Health Care boosts its digital team
By Kate Weber on Aug 5, 2022 6:45AM
To fuel its transformation efforts.
Hospital operator Ramsay Health Care has made a number of appointments as part of an ongoing digital transformation effort.
The ASX-listed company added three new members to its digital, technology and data leadership team.
Simon Herbert has been appointed group general manager for data and insights. He was previously chief data officer at the NSW Department of Customer Service.
In addition, Samit Chandra has been appoointed as the new general manager, technology and architecture. He was formerly in enterprise and solution architecture at Transport for NSW.
The third appointment is Daryl Babus who has taken the role of general manager, digital experience and innovation. She was previously with Oracle, and is also a former long-time Westpac digital leader.
by Australian Ageing Agenda August 2, 2022
Posted in Technology
Funding available to providers that digitise medication management
In response to the aged care royal commission’s final report, the federal government is encouraging aged care providers to adopt electronic medication management systems.
Up to $30 million has been made available via a grant opportunity incentivising providers to install transitional-conformant Electronic National Residential Medication Chart products in their residential aged care facilities.
Funding can be used towards:
- eNRMC software solutions and subscriptions
- hardware purchases or upgrades
- training and change management
- other expenditure related to the sourcing and implementation of eNRMC solutions.
The eNRMC transitional arrangement will allow all residential aged care services to begin adopting and benefiting from eNRMC products as soon as possible.
Roundup: ACT Digital Health Record gets additional $35M funding and more briefs
Also, the Latrobe Community Health Service is adopting Global Health's EMR solutions.
By Adam Ang
August 04, 2022 11:28 PM
ACT Government to invest $35M more for digital health record
The ACT government is expected to invest over A$50M ($35 million) for the full implementation of a state-wide digital health record this year.
This comes on top of the A$151 million funding provided under the 2018-19 budget for the project, which will be delivered by American EMR provider Epic across Canberra’s public hospitals and community health centres.
According to ACT Health, the digital health record will allow the real-time capture of information and provide access to historical information.
Compared to the federal government's My Health Record system, ACT's digital health record will be more detailed as it will be a record of all interactions between a Canberran citizen and the ACT public health system.
ACT gov sinks another $50m into digital health record
By Justin Hendry on Aug 3, 2022 5:44PM
As it looks to expand the ACT Digital account.
The ACT government will invest $50.8 million in its digital health record to support the platform’s implementation ahead of go-live later this year.
The new funding, revealed in the 2022-23 territory budget, comes as the government also plans to expand the digital account used by 200,0000 Canberrans to access online services.
It builds on the $151 million, including $106 million in capital, provided in the 2018-19 budget for the digital health record that will be used to capture all clinical interactions with patients.
ACT Health has been working to introduce the health record across Canberra’s public hospitals and community health centres since early 2021, having selected Epic to deliver the platform in July 2020.
Healthtech startup Telecare raises $2.2m seed round to help fast-track access to specialist healthcare around Australia
Aug 1, 2022 | Member news
Telecare is a virtual clinic removing the physical and economic barriers for patients needing access to consultations, with specialists and allied health practitioners treating dozens of chronic and complex diseases and conditions. It currently has approximately 100 clinicians across 30 areas – such as cardiology, paediatrics and psychology – using its platform, and has just begun servicing Mackay Hospital and Health Service’s Virtual Outpatient Department.
The $2.2 million seed round, led by Australian Medical Angels and supported by LaunchVic’s Alice Anderson Fund, values Telecare at $20m. The company has previously raised an oversubscribed pre-seed round of $700k – of which $70k was derived from Telecare’s participation in Startmate’s S21 cohort.
Telecare was founded in 2019 by Michael Wang, Lina Xu, Nephrologist Dr Christopher Sia and General Practitioner Dr Raymond Wen. Since then, the platform has facilitated 40,000 virtual appointments, with consultations conducted with patients and specialists located around Australia, including remote parts of the country such as the Cocos Islands and Norfolk Island.
CEO Michael Wang says the seed funding will go towards meeting Telecare’s goal to become the leading chronic disease management platform in Australia.
Incident and Problem Analyst
($101,757 - $114,800)
Technology Services Division > Info/Comm Tech (ICT)
Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney
Closing - 10 Aug 2022
Technology services – responsible for the operation of high quality, trusted, reliable and secure national digital health infrastructure and health support systems.
Primary Purpose of Position
The Incident and Problem Analyst performs complex work for the ongoing provision of day-to-day problem coordination, triage and actions involving the Agency’s digital health products and services.
- Create and manage Problem records in consultation with the relevant stakeholders to mitigate the reoccurrence and or severity of Incidents
- Initiate, schedule and conduct review meetings as needed to determine root cause and next steps.
- Monitor and Co-ordinate stakeholders to ensure that Problems and Problem tasks are prioritised and are resolved within the agreed timeframes
- Identify trends in SLA breaches and work with the relevant support group to ensure corrective plans are in place
- Perform pro-active problem management on incident trends based on ServiceNow data and non-incident-based triggers (ex. SLA breaches, complaints)
- Work with the Problem Manager to produce and update weekly, monthly, and quarterly problem reports. Actively participate in Continual Service Improvement by identifying improvements to support process improvement methods, procedures, metrics development, documentation, and reporting.
Digital health literacy program
August 2, 2022
Your Health in Your Hands is a digital health literacy program delivered by Good Things Foundation Australia in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA). The program is designed to improve people’s uptake and confidence using My Health Record, supporting them to gain the essential digital skills and confidence to manage their health and wellbeing.
Digital Health Webinar Series
Between July and October Good Things Foundation will be be piloting a series of webinars specifically for older Australians, carers and aged care staff in regional, remote and rural communities.
They will be covering topics such as:
- How digital health can make your life easier
- How My Health Record puts you in control of your health information
- Practical tips for finding reliable health information online.
Setting up your My Health Record 1-1 help
Date and time
Tue., 16 August 2022
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm ACST
Civic (Woodville) Library 72 Woodville Road Woodville, SA 5011
Learn how to link your myGov record with a My Health Record in this one on one session.
About this event
My Health Record is a safe and secure place where your key health information can be kept.
When it’s up to date, it can give you a more complete picture of your health, and is available to you and your healthcare providers whenever it’s needed, including in an emergency.
Please bring along your Medicare card, your email password and your mobile phone.
Bookings are essential.
- Stay at home if you are unwell or have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath.
- Contact tracing and social distance measures will be in place to adhere to State Government COVID-19 requirements.
- Maintaining social distancing is the responsibility of the individual.