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Monday, January 01, 2018

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 1st January, 2018.

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.

General Comment

Well the tiniest collection ever for last week.
The only consolation was the huge number of comments and ideas flowing from Grahame Grieve’s blog. Since it was posted there have been well over 60 comments bearing on the topic in just over a week.
It made me wonder just what really mattered for the future of Digital Health in OZ?
Is it politics causing the whole thing to be stuck, lack of leadership, lack of decent clinical utility and engagement, funding issues, technical difficulties or what?
Have your say below and have a great 2018!

The co-existence of open data and privacy in a digital world

Australia December 22 2017
Earlier this week researchers from the University of Melbourne released a report on the successful re-identification of Australian patient medical data that formed part of a de-identified open dataset.
In September 2016, the researchers were able to re-identify the longitudinal medical billing records of 10% of Australians, which equates to about 2.9 million people. The report outlines the techniques the researches used to re-identify the data and the ease at which this can be done with the right know-how and skill set (ie someone with an undergraduate computing degree could re-identify the data).
At first glance, the report exposes the poor handling of the dataset by the Department of Health. Which brings into focus the need for adequate contractual obligations regarding use and handling of personal information, and the need to ensure adequate liability protections are addressed even where the party’s intentions are for all personal information to be de-identified. The commercial risk with de-identified data has shown to be the equivalent of a dormant volcano.

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How your social media account could help you get a loan

Clancy Yeates
Published: December 30 2017 - 12:15AM
When signing up to rent a home in Adelaide, Jacquie Lamont was faced with a modern-day decision that is likely to confront more and more consumers.
If she was prepared to let a business trawl through her social media accounts, she could get access to a potentially handy financial product.
In her case, instead of handing over the full $1800 rental bond, the IT worker had the option of paying a non-refundable $250, if she granted a business access to her social media account.
The service is available through Trustbond, a joint venture between Suncorp and Spanish start-up Traity. In order to qualify, a customer must allow Trustbond to look through their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts to determine whether they can be trusted to care for the property.

Oversold fast NBN deals ‘not our fault’

  • The Australian
  • 12:00AM December 27, 2017

Anthony Klan

The National Broadband Network has said it should not shoulder any responsibility for at least 70,000 homes being sold superfast internet packages that were not physically attainable, despite it having detailed net speed estimates for every home in the country.
Although having stood to profit from Telstra, Optus and TPG overselling NBN packages to tens of thousands of homes — and it being in a position to thwart the practice in many cases — NBN Co said it was in no way responsible as it was the telcos who dealt directly with customers.
Telstra, Optus — and last week TPG — have all been called out by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission for overselling tens of thousands of NBN connections where super-high speeds promised could not be delivered by the underlying physical technology.
The telcos had been selling the packages despite having access to NBN Co’s speed estimates database, which in many cases would have shown those super-high speeds could not be delivered.

NBN cut-off date approaching for almost 100,000 homes and businesses

Jennifer Duke
Published: December 28 2017 - 12:15AM
Almost 100,000 Australian homes and businesses will be disconnected from their internet and landlines in January if they haven’t moved over to the national broadband network.
Next month, premises across the country will be reaching the 18-month NBN cut-off date, with potentially 95,590 homes and businesses affected if they have not yet made the switch.
Usually, when an area is declared “NBN ready” a resident has a year and a half to choose a provider and a plan and to move onto the network before their home or business is disconnected.
Now, 173 suburbs across the country are reaching this crucial cut-off point.

Blackout suburbs: where homes have no internet connection

Jennifer Duke
Published: December 27 2017 - 4:54PM
Swathes of suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne are falling behind the internet revolution, with data showing one in 10 households have no connection from home - not even from a smartphone.
More than 190,000 households in Sydney, and 185,000 in Melbourne, said they didn't have access to the internet through any device, including tablets, phones, games consoles, laptops or computers in the 2016 Census.
Mapping out the suburbs to show where there are more disconnected households in both cities shows a clear correlation between low-socioeconomic neighbourhoods and the likelihood that the home has remained internet-free.
In Sydney, these blackout suburbs roughly align with the city's "latte line" - a guideline that shows the split between low-socioeconomic areas in the west and south-west and wealthier areas in the north and east.

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