What I have spotted this week.
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.
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.
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.
Auditor finds NHMRC's systems not adequate for reporting on the awarding of grants
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MARISSA CALLIGEROS AND SCOTT CASEY
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.
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.