Here are a few I have come across this week.
Elizabeth McIntosh - Friday, 4 December 2009
PRACTICES will soon be stripped of thousands of dollars worth of incentives to provide the Medicare Easyclaim system and forced to bear the costs, prompting calls for an extension to the scheme.
The incentive scheme, due to end on 31 December, provided practices with a one-off payment of up to $1000 for installation of EFTPOS equipment plus an ongoing payment of 18 cents for every Easyclaim transaction made.
Ute Schulenberg | 5th December 2009
SOFTWARE being introduced to hospital emergency departments by NSW Health is being described by local doctors as ‘appalling’ and the consultation process with NSW Health IT staff as ‘insulting and dysfunctional’.
One clear voice on the issue is Dorrigo doctor Horst Herb, who worked with Electronic Medical Records in both Germany and Norway and was previously a professional software developer.
“I was keen to see eMR implemented in NSW...but after two weeks of conscious effort using Cerner FirstNet to record my patients’ information I came to the conclusion the system was not only unusable but outright dangerous.
Elizabeth McIntosh - Friday, 4 December 2009
THE Medicines Australia Code of Conduct was yesterday given the final stamp of approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), spelling the official end of brand-name reminders and product advertisements in practice software.
The green light for the code comes as the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct Committee released its annual report, showing pharmaceutical companies were hit with a total of $1.42 million in fines in 2008-09. This was down from the $1.83 million recorded in 2007-08.
December 4, 2009
ROME: An Italian man who lost his left forearm in a car crash has been successfully linked to a robotic hand, allowing him to feel sensations in the artificial limb and control it with his thoughts.
During a one-month experiment, 26-year-old Pierpaolo Petruzziello felt like his lost arm had grown back again, although he was only controlling a robotic hand that was not even attached to his body.
Article from The Advertiser
December 02, 2009 12:30pm
ADELAIDE-based Patient Safety International says becoming part of global healthcare company iSOFT has given it the "marketing springboard" it needed.
The company was recently acquired by iSOFT in a deal worth $5 million.
The major drawcard for the deal was PSI's renowned AIMS incident management software. The patient safety software enables healthcare organisations to record, monitor and take relevant management action to minimise future adverse medical events.
December 3, 2009 - 12:01AM
Victorian hospitals have been inconsistently measuring patient waiting times in emergency departments - a practice that has the potential to falsely enhance their performance data.
Victorian hospitals have been inconsistently measuring patient waiting times in emergency departments — a practice that has the potential to falsely enhance their performance data.
The State Government's director of data integrity, Tim Barta, told a parliamentary inquiry yesterday that new guidelines on how to calculate waiting times had been created for the departments because previous advice had been open to interpretation.
Medication safety in acute care in Australia: where are we now? Part 2: a review of strategies and activities for improving medication safety 2002-2008
Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, Sansom Institute, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, 5001, Australia
Australia and New Zealand Health Policy 2009, 6:24doi:10.1186/1743-8462-6-24
Published: 22 September 2009
ARI SHARP, CANBERRA
December 5, 2009
A SCHEME to gather biometric data from asylum seekers is being introduced in an effort to crack down on fraud and help identify those with overseas criminal records.
Starting this week asylum seekers in Melbourne and Sydney are being asked to provide an image of their face and a scan of their fingerprints as part of a six-month voluntary trial. The data will be checked against records in the United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand in a search for multiple identities and criminal backgrounds.
- David Frith
- From: The Australian
- December 01, 2009
TALK about vapourware. Google lifted the lid on its new operating system, Chrome OS, for an all-new range of small computers the other day. But if you want one, you'll have to be patient, as Chrome OS won't be available until the end of next year. Still, most things Google does are innovative, and sometimes controversial: think Google Earth, Google Docs, Google Scholar, Google Maps, Google Books . . .
At its most basic, Chrome OS is based on the Chrome web browser. Initially it will run on netbooks, the low-cost mini-portable PCs that have swept the worldwide computer market in the past year or so.
- Andrew Colley
- From: Australian IT
- November 30, 2009
MICROSOFT has bowed to pressure from customers and retailers and introduced a local version of the three licence Family Pack upgrade deal for the new Windows 7.
From December 1 Microsoft's Australian retail partners will sell the software under a Family Pack licensing scheme that had previously only been available to its US customers.
The Windows 7 Family Pack, which includes software licences to upgrade three computers from previous versions of the software, will carry a recommended retail price of $249.