Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Weekly Australian Health IT Links - 25-10-2009

What I have spotted this week.


Plan for accreditation to rely on e-health

Elizabeth McIntosh - Friday, 23 October 2009

THE Federal Government is considering a proposal to make e-health capabilities a requirement of practice accreditation, which would leave GPs little choice in whether to sign up to the national e-health agenda.



Costly data-exchanging IT system fails to connect with doctors

Adam Cresswell, Health editor | October 24, 2009

Article from: The Australian

A FEDERAL scheme to provide thousands of GPs with communications encryption technology so they can send sensitive health information securely over the internet risks turning into an expensive white elephant because hardly any other health workers can decode the messages.



Impotence fears over robotic surgery


October 24, 2009

NEW evidence suggests that robotic prostate cancer surgery, far from being the saviour of men, is leaving them with more incontinence and impotence than traditional techniques.



NHMRC IT systems not up to scratch: ANAO

Auditor finds NHMRC's systems not adequate for reporting on the awarding of grants

Trevor Clarke 23 October, 2009 07:52

The National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) IT systems do not adequately support its core focus of granting millions of dollars in research funds, according to the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO).



iSoft signs up BI alliance

Australian healthcare systems developer iSoft has entered an agreement with US company Rocket Software (www.rocketsoftware.com) that will enable it to include business intelligence and strategic management applications in its products.



Private specialists shun e-health

by Michael Woodhead

Specialist physicians are e-health luddites, with as few as one in ten using computers in their private practice, a new survey suggests.

And comment


Private specialists shun e-health

...read original article

First, it is unwise to generalise as the 27% of specialists who have actually invested in IT often have very elaborate IT setups. Second, apart from the HealthConnect program in SA there has never been an incentive program directed at specialists (or allied health providers for that matter), whereas GPs have benefited from multiple targeted incentive programs over the years.



NEHTA misquoted

...read original article

Is it not surprising to anyone that the public are less than enthusiastic about e-health when the so called experts can’t agree amongst themselves about what is or isn't an electronic health record. Someone or something needs to show leadership if this is ever going to get off the ground.



College gets cosy with chemists

by Jared Reed

The RACGP has formed a strategic alliance with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, in a bid to get more clout on e-health issues such as electronic prescribing.



'Unbreakable' Windows 7 may lock out the law


October 22, 2009 - 9:38AM

Queensland police fear criminals will use high-tech encryption software on Microsoft's new Windows 7 to bury pornographic images and files deep within computer networks.



Privacy changes put data at mercy of scams

Karen Dearne | October 20, 2009

BUSINESSES will be able to send customer information to "dangerous" countries such as Russia and Nigeria under proposals to update the federal Privacy Act for the digital age.




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