Quote Of The Year

Quotes Of The Year - Paul Shetler - "Its not Your Health Record it's a Government Record Of Your Health Information"


H. L. Mencken - "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Weekly Australian Health IT Links - 07-11-2009

Here are a few I have come across this week.


Health misses key goals

Karen Dearne | November 04, 2009

THE federal Health Department did not meet its e-health implementation targets for 2008-09, failing to progress the electronic sharing of clinical information to improve patient safety as well as increased use of secure messaging by GPs.



E-health a ‘superhighway to nowhere’


By Sarah Colyer

Millions of dollars spent on e-health will be wasted unless governments fund computer systems in public hospitals, the nation’s top clinical advisor on e- health warns.



Professor issues proprietary e-health warning

By Liam Tung, ZDNet.com.au
03 November 2009 04:59 PM

A health informatics professor from Sydney University today said Australia's e-health systems should be strictly open source rather than using proprietary software.



Hospital CEO launching new dispensing system

By The Colac Herald • Nov 4th, 2009 • Category: News

Colac Area Health chief executive officer Mr Geoff Iles will officially launch a robotic dispensing system at a Colac pharmacy today at 11am.

The Gollmann Robotic Dispensary System, installed in Colac Healthwise Pharmacy at a cost of $300,000, has Pharmacy Guild endorsement as the best robotic dispensing system available in Australia.



Google tries to allay privacy fears

  • Karen Dearne
  • From: Australian IT
  • November 06, 2009 8:44AM

GOOGLE hopes to stem rising public concern over privacy and data protection issues with the release of a dashboard that puts visibility and control over personal information associated with various services firmly into the user's hands.

Just launched globally, the Google Dashboard provides an easy interface with a range of existing privacy controls intended to help users manage their interactions with the search giant's burgeoning range of email, social networking and voice products.



Aussies doctors among world's least satisfied


November 06, 2009 03:12pm

OVER half of Australian doctors are dissatisfied with their jobs, a new survey showed.

The US-based Commonwealth Fund survey, based on a poll of more than 10,000 doctors from 11 countries, found the level of satisfaction among Australian physicians was the second lowest of all countries surveyed.



Jury out on definition of Internet addiction

Kirrilly Burton - Monday, 2 November 2009

THE launch of a new Internet addict recovery program, set up by US mental health counsellors, has not been welcomed by all experts in the addiction field.



NEHTA cuts contractor spend

By Suzanne Tindal, ZDNet.com.au
29 October 2009 12:48 PM

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has dropped the amount it is shelling out for contractors while stepping up its in-house employee spend, according to its annual report released yesterday.



Nanotechnology safety query after DNA damage done


November 06, 2009 07:59am

NANOPARTICLES can damage the DNA of cells from a distance, even without crossing the cellular barriers that protect certain parts of the body, British researchers said.



Queensland passes national registration Bill

Elizabeth McIntosh - Monday, 2 November 2009

CONTROVERSIAL legislation that gives governments greater control over medical training standards has begun its national roll-out.

The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Bill 2009 passed through the Queensland Parliament last week, and will now be used as a template by all other states and territories. Medical groups claim it will hand politicians the ability to manipulate medical education.



Minchin uses NZ broadband study to call for NBN cost benefit analysis, again

NZ study of 6000 businesses finds that "Broadband adoption is found to boost productivity but we find no productivity differences across broadband type"

Tim Lohman 03 November, 2009 13:51

Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Nick Minchin has used the publication of a new report into the productivity of high speed broadband to reiterate his call for a full-cost benefit analysis of the NBN.



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