Firstcheck teledermatology platform harnessed for scabies study

University of Auckland public health researcher Simon Thornley has launched a study to investigate the use of New Plymouth firm Firstcheck's smartphone app and dermatoscope to help detect scabies. Dr Thornley's research has shown that not only can misdiagnosis of scabies often lead to complications such as bacterial skin...

WAPHA rolls out HappyOrNot terminals to 45 WA practices

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has supported the roll-out of HappyOrNot smiley face terminals from Auckland firm Push My Button at 45 general practices throughout the state as part of its comprehensive primary care program. WAPHA operates the three West Australian primary health networks...

QPA launches Connect Plus self-assessment and accreditation tool

Independent accreditation provider Quality Practice Accreditation (QPA) has launched an online self-assessment tool aimed at helping general practices and other healthcare providers understand the requirements of the RACGP standards for accreditation. Connect Plus can also be used by practice management consultants or accreditation managers...

International health IT week in review: October 21

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending October 21: NHS needs £13b for IT, digital health playbook, UK minister outlines NHS IT vision, FDA and DHS on medical device security, Ada speaks Swahili, app for TB, Canadian snoop, $1b telehealth...

Committee recommends extension of My Health Record opt-out for 12 months

The Senate community affairs committee looking into the My Health Record system has recommended the opt-out period be extended for a further 12 months, along with a host of further regulations to increase privacy. The Coalition Senators on the committee issued a minority dissenting...

DoH should consider terminating NCSR contract or penalising Telstra Health: report

The federal Department of Health should consider whether the $220 million National Cancer Screening Register contract should be terminated or penalties sought from vendor Telstra Health following the costs incurred from a delay in rolling out the system. A Senate budget estimates inquiry into...

Queensland issues restricted tender for $210m+ PAS replacement

Queensland Health has made the unusual move of issuing a restricted tender for the replacement of its 30-year-old HBCIS patient administration system (PAS), inviting just five multinationals to bid for the massive project, which is expected to cost more than $200 million and is hoped...

AMA Victoria wants commitment to electronic messaging from hospitals

The Victorian branch of the AMA has called for a commitment by the state's hospitals to work towards the ability to receive and send secure electronic communication to and from the medical software platforms of referring doctors as part of its wish-list for the coming...

Govt to fund roll out of iPad-based mental health screening for Aboriginal parents

The federal government has agreed to fund a national trial of a touchscreen-based mental health screening tool for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers-to-be as an alternative to the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale (EPDS). The Murdoch University-developed Baby Coming – You Ready? project has...

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