University Hospital Geelong gearing up for FirstNet go-live in March

University Hospital Geelong is getting ready for the go-live of its new FirstNet emergency department information system from Cerner, which is replacing the Symphony ED system no longer supported in Australia. The Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) project kicked off at the start of last year by mapping clinical...

Healthdirect offering Video Call for free to GPs in drought-affected regions

Healthdirect Australia is offering its WebRTC-based Video Call service at no charge to GPs who wish to access new telehealth MBS items to support the mental health of their patients in drought-affected communities. The federal government introduced new items on the MBS on November...

App providing spot checks for skin cancer at the beach

Kiwi app developer Firstcheck has teamed up with Australian life insurer TAL to offer Firstcheck's skin cancer detection service as a spot check to beachgoers this summer. Firstcheck's app and SkinScope smartphone lens attachment can be used to send photos of skin spots and...

MePACS rolls out duress alarm for staff visiting patients in the community

More than half of Melbourne’s public hospital networks are now using technology to support staff visiting patients in the community with a duress alarm from MePACS, the personal alarm service run by Peninsula Health. Peninsula Health has run the Mount Eliza Personal Alarm Call...

Medibank trialling SafeMate emergency card with Queensland Ambulance

Private health insurer Medibank is sponsoring a trial of the SafeMate emergency medical information system for Queensland-based Medibank customers enrolled in its CareComplete chronic disease management service. The trial also involves Queensland Ambulance personnel, who will be able to access patients' personally entered medical...

DoH extends Health Care Homes trial with large cut to patient numbers

The Department of Health has announced it will extend the Health Care Homes trial for a further 18 months along with a massive reduction in the number of patients who can be enrolled, down from the original target of 65,000 to 12,000. All participating...

HL7 publishes FHIR Release 4

HL7 International has published release 4 of its Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, which has finalised the base platform of the specification along with some improvements requested by developers. FHIR, first created by Melbourne health informatician Grahame Grieve, uses contemporary web standards and...

The hot top 20: most-read stories on Pulse+IT in 2018

Despite the furore over the My Health Record opt-out process, it was mainly some large acute care IT system implementations and tenders that took our readers' fancy this year. My Health Record certainly appeared in the top 20 most-read stories, but it was activity at...

The 2018 eHealth year in review: part four

As the eHealth year moved into its final quarter, the interminable progress of the My Health Record towards broad coverage of the Australian population was again a lowlight. Up in Queensland, rumours were flying about the outcome of an audit into its integrated electronic medical...

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