s Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 01 August, 2010 | I2P: Information to Pharmacists - Archive
Publication Date 01/07/2014         Volume. 6 No. 6   
Information to Pharmacists


From the desk of the editor

Welcome to the July 2014 homepage edition of i2P (Information to Pharmacists) E-Magazine.
At the commencement of 2014 i2P focused on the need for the entire profession of pharmacy and its associated industry supports to undergo a renewal and regeneration.
We are now half-way through this year and it is quite apparent that pharmacy leaders do not yet have a cohesive and clear sense of direction.
Maybe the new initiative by Woolworths to deliver clinical service through young pharmacists and nurses may sharpen their focus.
If not, community pharmacy can look forward to losing a substantial and profitable market share of the clinical services market.
Who would you blame when that happens?
But I have to admit there is some effort, even though the results are but meagre.
In this edition of i2P we focus on the need for research about community pharmacy, the lack of activity from practicing pharmacists and when some research is delivered, a disconnect appears in its interpretation and implementation.

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Feature Contribution

Woolworths Pharmacy - Getting One Stage Closer

Neil Johnston

It started with “tablet” computers deployed on shelves inside the retailer Coles, specifically to provide information to consumers relating to pain management and the sale of strong analgesics.
This development was reported in i2P under the title Coles Pharmacy Expansion and the Arid PGA Landscape”
In that article we reported that qualified information was a missing link that had come out of Coles market research as the reason to why it had not succeeded in dominating the pain market.
Of course, Woolworths was working on the same problem at the same time and had come up with a better solution - real people with good information.

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Intensive Exposition without crossing over with a supermarket

Fiona Sartoretto Verna AIAPP

Editor's Note: The understanding of a pharmacy's presentation through the research that goes into the design of fixtures and fittings that highlight displays, is a never-ending component of pharmacy marketing.
Over the past decade, Australian pharmacy shop presentations have fallen behind in standards of excellence.
It does not take rocket science - you just have to open your eyes.
Recently, our two major supermarkets, Woolworths and Coles, have entered into the field of drug and condition information provision - right into the heartland of Australian Pharmacy.

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The sure way to drive business away

Gerald Quigley

I attended the Pregnancy, Baby and Children’s Expo in Brisbane recently.
What an eye and ear opening event that was!
Young Mums, mature Mums, partners of all ages, grandparents and friends……...many asking about health issues and seeking reassurances that they were doing the right thing.

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‘Marketing Based Medicine’ – how bad is it?

Baz Bardoe

It should be the scandal of the century.
It potentially affects the health of almost everyone.
Healthcare providers and consumers alike should be up in arms. But apart from coverage in a few credible news sources the problem of ‘Marketing Based Medicine,’ as psychiatrist Dr Peter Parry terms it, hasn’t as yet generated the kind of universal outrage one might expect.

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Community Pharmacy Research - Are You Involved?

Mark Coleman

Government funding is always scarce and restricted.
If you are ever going to be a recipient of government funds you will need to fortify any application with evidence.
From a government perspective, this minimises risk.
I must admit that while I see evidence of research projects being managed by the PGA, I rarely see community pharmacists individually and actively engaged in the type of research that would further their own aims and objectives (and survival).

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Organisational Amnesia and the Lack of a Curator Inhibits Cultural Progress

Neil Johnston

Most of us leave a tremendous impact on pharmacies we work for (as proprietors, managers, contractors or employees)—in ways we’re not even aware of.
But organisational memories are often all too short, and without a central way to record that impact and capture the knowledge and individual contributions, they become lost to time.
It is ironic that technology has provided us with phenomenal tools for communication and connection, but much of it has also sped up our work lives and made knowledge and memory at work much more ephemeral.

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Academics on the payroll: the advertising you don't see

Staff Writer

This article was first published in The Conversation and was written by Wendy Lipworth, University of Sydney and Ian Kerridge, University of Sydney
In the endless drive to get people’s attention, advertising is going ‘native’, creeping in to places formerly reserved for editorial content. In this Native Advertising series we find out what it looks like, if readers can tell the difference, and more importantly, whether they care.
i2P has republished the article as it supports our own independent and ongoing investigations on how drug companies are involved in marketing-based medicine rather than evidence-based medicine.

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I’ve been thinking about admitting wrong.

Mark Neuenschwander

Editor's Note: This is an early article by Mark Neuenschwander we have republished after the soul-searching surrounding a recent Australian dispensing error involving methotrexate.
Hmm. There’s more than one way you could take that, huh? Like Someday when I get around to it (I’m not sure) I may admit that I was wrong about something. Actually, I’ve been thinking about the concept of admitting wrong. So don’t get your hopes up. No juicy confessions this month except that I wish it were easier for me to admit when I have been wrong or made a mistake.
Brian Goldman, an ER physician from Toronto, is host of the award-winning White Coat, Black Art on CBC Radio and slated to deliver the keynote at The unSUMMIT for Bedside Barcoding in Anaheim this May. His TED lecture, entitled, “Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about it?” had already been viewed by 386,072 others before I watched it last week.

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Dispensing errors – a ripple effect of damage

Kay Dunkley - BPharm, Grad Dip Hosp Pharm, Grad Dip Health Admin, MPS, MSHPA

Most readers will be aware of recent publicity relating to dispensing errors and in particular to deaths caused by methotrexate being incorrectly packed in dose administration aids.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA), in its Communique of 13 June 2014, described a methotrexate packing error leading to the death of a patient and noted “extra vigilance is required to be exercised by pharmacists with these drugs”.
This same case was reported by A Current Affair (ACA) in its program on Friday 20 June

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Take a vacation from your vocation

Harvey Mackay

Have you ever had one of those days when all you could think was, “Gosh, do I need a vacation.”
Of course you have – because all work and no play aren’t good for anyone.
A vacation doesn’t have to be two weeks on a tropical island, or even a long weekend at the beach. 
A vacation just means taking a break from your everyday activities. 
A change of pace. 
It doesn’t matter where.
Everyone needs a vacation to rejuvenate mentally and physically. 
But did you also know that you can help boost our economy by taking some days off? 
Call it your personal stimulus package.

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Explainer: what is peer review?

Staff Writer

This article was first published in the Conversation. It caught our eye because "peer review" it is one of the standards for evidence-based medicines that has also been corrupted by global pharma.
The article is republished by i2P as part of its ongoing investigation into scientific fraud and was writtenby Andre Spicer, City University London and Thomas Roulet, University of Oxford
We’ve all heard the phrase “peer review” as giving credence to research and scholarly papers, but what does it actually mean?
How does it work?
Peer review is one of the gold standards of science. It’s a process where scientists (“peers”) evaluate the quality of other scientists' work. By doing this, they aim to ensure the work is rigorous, coherent, uses past research and adds to what we already knew.
Most scientific journals, conferences and grant applications have some sort of peer review system. In most cases it is “double blind” peer review. This means evaluators do not know the author(s), and the author(s) do not know the identity of the evaluators.
The intention behind this system is to ensure evaluation is not biased.
The more prestigious the journal, conference, or grant, the more demanding will be the review process, and the more likely the rejection. This prestige is why these papers tend to be more read and more cited.

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Dentists from the dark side?

Loretta Marron OAM BSc

While dining out with an elderly friend, I noticed that he kept his false tooth plate in his shirt pocket. He had recently had seven amalgam-filled teeth removed, because he believed that their toxins were making him sick; but his new plate was uncomfortable. He had been treated by an 'holistic dentist'. Claiming to offer a "safe and healthier alternative" to conventional dentistry, are they committed to our overall health and wellbeing or are they promoting unjustified fear, unnecessarily extracting teeth and wasting our money?

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Planning for Profit in 2015 – Your key to Business Success

Chris Foster

We are now entering a new financial year and it’s a great time to reflect on last year and highlight those things that went well and those that may have impacted negatively in the pursuit of your goals.
It's also a great to spend some time re-evaluating your personal and business short, medium and long term goals in the light of events over the last year.
The achievement of your goals will in many cases be dependent on setting and aspiring to specific financial targets. It's important that recognise that many of your personal goals will require you to generate sufficient business profits to fund those aspirations

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ReWalk™ Personal Exoskeleton System Cleared by FDA for Home Use

Staff Writer

Exoskeleton leader ReWalk Robotics announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the company’s ReWalk Personal System for use at home and in the community.
ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to stand upright and walk.
ReWalk, the only exoskeleton with FDA clearance via clinical studies and extensive performance testing for personal use, is now available throughout the United States.

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Attracting and Retaining Great People

Barry Urquhart

Welcome to the new financial year in Australia.
For many in business the past year has been described as a challenging period.
Adjectives are a key feature of the English language.  In the business lexicon their use can be, and often is evocative and stimulate creative images.  But they can also contribute to inexact, emotional perceptions.
Throughout the financial pages of newspapers and business magazines adjectives abound.
References to “hot” money draw attention and comment.  The recent wave of funds from Chinese investors, keen to remove their wealth from the jurisdiction and control of government regulations is creating a potential property bubble in Australia.

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Updating Your Values - Extending Your Culture

Neil Johnston

Pharmacy culture is dormant.
Being comprised of values, unless each value is continually addressed, updated or deleted, entire organisations can stagnate (or entire professions such as the pharmacy profession).
Good values offer a strong sense of security, knowing that if you operate within the boundaries of your values, you will succeed in your endeavours.

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Evidence-based medicine is broken. Why we need data and technology to fix it

Staff Writer

The following article is reprinted from The Conversation and forms up part of our library collection on evidence-based medicines.
At i2P we also believe that the current model of evidence is so fractured it will never be able to be repaired.
All that can happen is that health professionals should independently test and verify through their own investigations what evidence exists to prescribe a medicine of any potency.
Health professionals that have patients (such as pharmacists) are ideally placed to observe and record the efficacy for medicines.
All else should confine their criticisms to their evidence of the actual evidence published.
If there are holes in it then share that evidence with the rest of the world.
Otherwise, do not be in such a hurry to criticise professions that have good experience and judgement to make a good choice on behalf of their patients, simply because good evidence has not caught up with reality.

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Laropiprant is the Bad One; Niacin is/was/will always be the Good One

Staff Writer

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, July 25, 2014
Laropiprant is the Bad One; Niacin is/was/will always be the Good One
by W. Todd Penberthy, PhD

(OMNS July 25, 2014) Niacin has been used for over 60 years in tens of thousands of patients with tremendously favorable therapeutic benefit (Carlson 2005).
In the first-person NY Times best seller, "8 Weeks to a Cure for Cholesterol," the author describes his journey from being a walking heart attack time bomb to a becoming a healthy individual.
He hails high-dose niacin as the one treatment that did more to correct his poor lipid profile than any other (Kowalski 2001).

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Culture Drive & Pharmacy Renewal

Neil Johnston

Deep within all of us we have a core set of values and beliefs that create the standards of behaviour that we align with when we set a particular direction in life.
Directions may change many times over a lifetime, but with life experiences and maturity values may increase in number or gain greater depth.
All of this is embraced under one word – “culture”.
When a business is born it will only develop if it has a sound culture, and the values that comprise that culture are initially inherent in the business founder.
A sound business culture equates to a successful business and that success is often expressed in the term “goodwill” which can be eventually translated to a dollar value.

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ReWalk™ Personal Exoskeleton System Cleared by FDA for Home Use

Staff Writer

Exoskeleton leader ReWalk Robotics announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the company’s ReWalk Personal System for use at home and in the community.
ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to stand upright and walk.
ReWalk, the only exoskeleton with FDA clearance via clinical studies and extensive performance testing for personal use, is now available throughout the United States.

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Pharmacy 2014 - Pharmacy Management Conference

Neil Johnston

The brave new world of health and wellness is not the enemy of Pharmacy, it is its champion.
Australian futurist, Morris Miselowski, one of the world's leading business visionaries, will present the Opening Keynote address on Pharmacy's Future in the new Health and Wellness Landscape at 2.00pm on Wednesday July 30.
Morris believes the key to better health care could already be in your pocket, with doctors soon set to prescribe iPhone apps, instead of pills.
Technology will revolutionise the health industry - a paradigm shift from healthcare to personal wellness.
Health and wellness applications on smartphones are already big news, and are dramatically changing the way we manage our personal health and everyday wellness.

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Generation and Application of Community Pharmacy Research

Neil Johnston

Editor’s Note: We have had a number of articles in this issue relating to pharmacy research.
The PGA has conducted a number of research initiatives over the years, including one recently reported in Pharmacy News that resulted from an analysis of the QCPP Patient Questionnaire.
Pharmacy Guild president, George Tambassis, appears to have authored the article following, and there also appears to be a disconnect between the survey report and its target audience illustrated by one of the respondent comments published.
I have asked Mark Coleman to follow through, elaborate and comment:

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Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 01 August, 2010

Dr David More

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From a Medical IT Perspective: I am vitally interested in making a difference to the quality and safety of Health Care in Australia through the use of information technology. There is no choice.. it has to be made to work! That is why I keep typing. Disclaimer - Please note all the commentary are personal views based on the best evidence available to me - If I have it wrong let me know!

Visit my blog http://aushealthit.blogspot.com/

This blog has only three major objectives.
The first is to inform readers of news and happenings in the e-Health domain, both here in Australia and world-wide.
The second is to provide commentary on how things are progressing in e-Health in Australia and to foster improvement where I can.
The third is to encourage discussion of the matters raised in the blog so hopefully readers can get a balanced view of what is really happening and what successes are being achieved.

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 01 August, 2010.

Here are a few I have come across this week.

Note: Each link is followed by a title and a paragraph or two. 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 payment.

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General Comment:

The Nielsen Poll in the Fairfax Press seems to be making it clear that the Coalition is in with a chance. From our perspective this means that clarity of just what they plan in the e-Health space becomes even more important – as does a credible and adequately detailed explanation of just what Labor wants to do.

I have to say I am also concerned about the superficiality and lack of content in the current political debate.

It seems to me it is also about time we started to worry about some of the bigger issues:

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Epoch-changing times?

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The distinguished historian Niall Ferguson believes we are living through epoch-changing times when the West will give way to the East, particularly China -- although he thinks in the longer run, India will come through even more strongly.

Should Australians consider more how they fit in to these epic events, so close to us?

Those contributing were:

Niall Ferguson

Professor of History, Harvard and of Business Administration Harvard Business School Has been an advisor to the British PM, David Cameron.

Richard McGregor

Author and Senior Editor Financial Times

Professor Michael Wesley

Head of the Lowy Institute Historian and former analyst with the Office of National Assessments

The implications of all this, for all of us, makes e-Health seems largely irrelevant – loath though I am to say it!

Our political leaders are fussing about the equivalent of the quality of our curbs and guttering while the entire city is under threat.

It is really worth the half hour to understand what we face over the next 20-30 years!

Again, sadly, a pox on both their houses is sadly my view both in the macro and the micro!



Wheels of progress slow to turn on reform cart

July 29, 2010

It takes years for improvements to have a noticeable impact, writes Mark Metherell.

Health reform seemed such a fine idea three years ago. Way back then the Labor leader, Kevin Rudd, promised a ''historic'' overhaul for the groaning health system, including a federal funding takeover if state governments did not fall into line on a revamp.

Now Rudd has fallen, the federal takeover has gone into reverse and despite promises to end blame-shifting and duplication, there will be more layers of bureaucracy.

Public hospital queues and waiting times show little real sign of decline; health care outside hospitals remains hostage not only to a shortage of doctors in many areas but also to a lack of co-ordinated care for people with chronic diseases.

All of this while gaping gaps in services plague patients relying on meagre public service for dental and mental care.



Queensland hospital cuts reporting time with speech recognition

Software reduces human error

Nambour General Hospital on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has cut average report turnaround times by 28 hours and reduced the time needed to create radiology reports by 85 per cent thanks to the deployment of speech recognition software.

Director of medical imaging services at Nambour, David Ward, said the hospital deployed the technology due to a shortage of radiologists and long waiting times for simple reports to be compiled.

“Public radiology in Queensland is faced with a shortage of Radiologists to do the reporting; which had led to significant delays in our report turnaround times. In the past, some reports would take six to seven days to be produced,” Ward said.



Victoria to build own e-health product catalogue

The data repository on medicines and health devices will support the move to a national e-health service

The Victorian Government is to shortly progress to the third phase in its implementation of the National e-health Transition Authority’s (NeHTA) national product catalogue.

The catalogue is intended to be the source and main repository of data for public health institutions seeking to purchase medicines, medical devices and other healthcare items.

The first phase, conducted in late 2008 saw the creation of a common Victorian product catalogue to be populated and updated from the national catalogue.

The second phase, conducted in 2009, piloted the use of the national catalogue and confirmed the model tested in phase as the preferred model for Victorian catalogue implementation.




July 30, 2010

A roundup of companies making waves at home and abroad

Smart Health Solutions

SMART HEALTH SOLUTIONS specialises in Web-based shared electronic health record (SEHR) and online condition and chronic disease information management. The company implements secure Web technologies to allow cross-sector sharing of relevant clinical data by multidisciplinary teams. Smart Health has implementations in both the public and private health sectors in NSW, Victoria, and South Australia. www.smarthealth.com.au

Note: A check of the web-site shows very little current information. It badly needs an update!



Pharmacists set to log adverse events

27th Jul 2010

Caroline Brettingham-Moore

PHARMACISTS could soon be reporting adverse medication events for the first time, with the planned rollout of a new software system.

Called PROMISe, the software will allow pharmacists to log all adverse reactions that patients report to them, and this data will then be collated at a central repository where it can be analysed to identify problematic scenarios.

Pharmacists would also be prompted to refer patients with certain symptoms back to their GPs.The data will be used to educate pharmacists, GPs and consumers about high-risk adverse events.



It’s a fine line between health and stealth

Norton Rose

Bernard O'Shea


July 26 2010

Almost without public comment the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010 (Cth) (the Act) came into effect on 29 June 2010. It paves the way for Australian individuals and healthcare providers to be allocated unique 16 digit “healthcare identifiers” and for information linked to that number to be collected, stored and disseminated. Given the scope of the powers under the Act, and the obvious concerns it raises for privacy, the Act has attracted surprisingly little attention.

The Act allows the service operator (which will initially be Medicare Australia) to assign healthcare identifiers to both healthcare providers and recipients. The service operator is not required to consider the consent of the healthcare identifier recipient. Further, it allows the service operator to collect data from Medicare, the Veterans’ Affairs Department and the Defence Department to create a record about that person or healthcare provider.



iPads infiltrate hospitals

  • From: AAP
  • July 29, 2010 7:44AM

VICTORIAN doctors and nurses could be equipped with iPads while undertaking their hospital rounds in future, if a trial of wireless technology is successful.

From January next year, 500 graduate doctors, nurses and advanced practice nurses would be given iPads to use when treating patients in hospital, Health Minister Daniel Andrews said.

The iPads would connect to safe wireless networks within the hospitals, without interrupting sensitive electronic equipment.



Apple a day for doctors


July 30, 2010

TECHNOLOGY-STARVED doctors and nurses will be armed with Apple iPads as part of a trial to improve internet access in Victorian hospitals.

Health Minister Daniel Andrews yesterday announced that 500 iPads would be sent to graduate doctors and nurses in January. If the $500,000 pilot program goes well, the devices could be used more widely.

''The iPads will allow doctors and nurses to access any web-enabled application run by their hospital as they move around the hospital, as well as allowing them to tap into health information resources,'' Mr Andrews said.



Problems reported at Morecambe Bay

29 Jul 2010

Staff and patients at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust are reporting issues with the Lorenzo electronic patient record system that went live at the start of June.

At a board meeting last Wednesday, staff side representative Kirk Panter said staff were having problems adapting to and using the software.

He said: “I have heard from employees that some staff are having to stay behind an extra two hours after their shift just to put data into the system.”

Comments published on the North West Evening News website suggest patients have also experienced problems.



Darent Valley gets iSoft A&E system

28 Jul 2010

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust has replaced its ten year old Ascribe A&E system with iSoft’s latest A&E system.

The new software, which went live on 6 July as part of a three year contract, can be integrated with the trust's iSoft hospital information system.

This will allow all clinical staff at its main, 460-bed hospital in Dartford, Kent, to order radiology and pathology tests online.

Leslieann Osborn, the trust’s assistant director of service development, said: “With A&E accounting for 30% of all hospital orders for pathology and radiology tests, it is vital to have reliable order communications. That demands seamless integration of A&E, HIS, pathology and radiology.



WHO and IHTSDO strive for harmonisation of health information

22 July 2010. The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) announces a collaborative arrangement with the World Health Organization (WHO) to harmonise WHO classifications and SNOMED CT®*.

WHO classifications are used to capture information on diseases, disability, interventions and other indicators of population health. SNOMED CT is a standardised health terminology that represents clinical concepts in a consistent manner.

When used together appropriately, they make it easier to summarise information from individuals patients’ health records into aggregate results needed for health policy, health services management, and research. The aim is to avoid duplication of effort and reduce cost and to improve speed, consistency, and availability of information.

The full press release is located at http://www.ihtsdo.org/news/article/view/who-and-ihtsdo-strive-for-harmonization-of-health-information/



Election offers voters stark choices

By Beverley Head

Tuesday, 27 July 2010 16:54

IT Policy - Government Tech Policy

Voters face “stark choices” in terms of the IT&T policies that Labor and the Coalition are taking to the federal election according to CSC Australia’s chief technology and innovation officer, Bob Hayward.

Chairing the Council for Australian Economic Development’s (CEDA) Digital Economies conference in Sydney today, Hayward said that the key issue was the “philosophical difference in funding the National Broadband Network.” While this has been a central plank for Labor since it came to power, the Coalition has indicated it would be scrapped were it elected to Government on August 21.

Hayward also pointed to the quite different approaches the parties were taking to e-health and policing the internet.

“In my opinion far too much of the debate has been … limited by what we do online today rather than in the future,” said Hayward. He questioned whether it was better to spend $1 billion on new hospital beds today, or $1 billion on digital infrastructure to deliver savings that would allow $2 billion to be spent on hospital beds in the future.

CSC, which sponsored the CEDA event, will on Thursday release the findings of a major poll of Australians’ attitudes toward e-health which could prove a pre-election bombshell depending on what it reveals.



E-health: change is inevitable

Published on Tue, 27/07/2010, 09:48:40

An information technology expert has advised the aged care sector to put its e-health aspirations on the back burner and adopt a more passive approach until after the election.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s national leader for technology, Adam Powick, spoke about the national e-health strategy and his view on the way forward at the Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) conference in Melbourne.

Mr Powick reminded the audience that even though Tony Abbott has said he does not support the scheme, it was he who introduced e-health to the political sphere as a health minister in the Howard government.

Because of this, Mr Powick believes e-health will become popular with both political parties again once the election is over and attention returns to the ‘real issues’.

He said, it was wise “not to move aggressively” on the issue until after the election.

“We will move forward under either government but it will be under a different guise,” Mr Powick said.



E-health: slow and steady wins the race

Published on Tue, 27/07/2010, 09:36:16

Even though Australia may look as though it is dragging its feet when it comes to electronic health reform, slow and steady could well win the race.

The rate of progress in developing an e-health network was one of the main topics of discussion on the first day of the Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) conference in Melbourne.

The CEO of the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), Peter Fleming, justified the long implementation period, saying advances must be taken in small steps now to avoid large mistakes in the future.



Smart houses key to keeping the elderly at home

SMART houses equipped with movement sensors and intelligent systems are the key to keeping aged people well and living in their own homes.

A new report, Smart technology for Healthy Longevity, says enormous health and safety benefits can be gained using existing wireless systems along with new "gerontechnologies".

"Elderly-friendly smart homes use built-in systems for movement detection, fall prevention, home diagnostic equipment, medication management and simple communication devices for linking to family and support networks," it says.

"But there is confusion over standards and connectivity as different sectors approach the market from different viewpoints.



Hi-tech homes 'a must' for seniors in future

  • By Greg Thom
  • From: Herald Sun
  • July 26, 2010 2:15AM

AUSTRALIA'S ageing population may be forced to rely on science fiction solutions ranging from artificial molecular muscles to sensors that detect the composition of food and drugs, if they want to live independent lives at home.

A new report on the nation's growing elderly army released yesterday, found homes of the future would need to be custom-fitted with such emerging new technologies, to cope with the nation's burgeoning number of seniors.

As many as 7.7 million Australians will be aged over 65 and a further 1.8 million over 85 by 2050.



Labor to force people to connect to broadband

July 30, 2010 - 9:26AM

Labor will compel customers to connect to upgraded broadband services unless they specifically request otherwise.

Confirming an increase in the coverage of its national broadband network, Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy said he would support a rollout where people were automatically connected to the network unless they chose to opt out of it.

This would boost take-up rates.

''We believe that the most efficient way to deliver that service is to have that process,'' he said.




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