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Publication Date 01/07/2014         Volume. 6 No. 6   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

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
http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8863098/prescription-drug-warning

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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 – 27 June, 2010.

Dr David More

articles by this author...

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 – 27 June, 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.

General Comment:

The big news this week is the final passage of the Health Identifier Service Bills – other than, of course, finding ourselves with a brand new Prime Minister. I have said enough about that event for a while I think so we can all sit back and wait to see what actually happens next. I do have to say, however, that I think there is a rather excessive sense of optimism about the likely level of impact of this small step.The following article makes it clear the health system has a significant safety and quality problem and provides the strongest possible rationale for doing broader e-Health in my view. After all that is what the health system is expected to provide as it delivers care!

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Errors plague hospital system

REPORTS of violence, infections, falls, and medication mistakes affecting public hospital patients increased last year. Health Minister John Hill tabled the SA Patient Safety Report 2008-09 in Parliament yesterday, which shows the number of reported incidents rose from 22,522 in 2006-07, to 26,094 in 2007-08, and 29,056 last year.It shows the "sentinel" or most serious events included:SIX hospital inpatient suicides.SEVEN instruments left in patients after surgery.TWO maternal deaths.More than 7000 patients fell over; nine of them died after falling and 23 of them suffered serious injuries.About 5900 medication mistakes included 660 overdoses, and about 1750 medication omissions. The number of healthcare-associated infection incidents more than doubled to 167.The report's introduction says errors are a "normal human condition", that most "did not cause significant harm", and highlights that the increase is in reported numbers, which shows the robustness of the department's safety culture.Mr Hill said reporting such incidents was important because staff can learn from mistakes and refine procedures. SA Health chief public health officer Dr Stephen Christley said the department had an "excellent safety culture".Full article here:http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/errors-plague-hospital-system/story-e6frea83-1225883451052It is important to remember just what we are doing e-Health for!Now to the articles for the week.-----http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/gillard-gets-e-health/story-e6frgakx-1225883843398

Gillard 'gets' e-health

  • UPDATED: Fran Foo
  • From: Australian IT
  • June 24, 2010 2:50PM

ELECTRONIC health experts have cautiously welcomed Julia Gillard's elevation to prime minister, with some saying she has a good understanding of e-health. Health IT blogger David More said as an ex-opposition health spokeswoman, Ms Gillard is aware e-health was a crucial issue."She does know that e-health is important and having been opposition health spokesman (she) knows how hard Tony Abbott found it to make any progress."I think she will be interested to see what can be done to move the agenda along," Dr More said.Dr More said an example why he believes Ms Gillard "gets e-health" was a speech she made in June 2006. She was one of the first senior politicians to link the benefits of high-speed internet access to an e-health framework.Ms Gillard lamented wasted opportunities under the Howard government to introduce e-health systems while addressing the ACT chapter of the Australian College of Health Service Executives."I think we have to face the fact that a national e-health system is at least a decade off."To fix the problem we will need a national, collaborative approach and strong national leadership. We will also need all your skills, insights and abilities. Only then can we begin to reap the benefits of the e-health revolution.
-----http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/351177/healthcare_identifiers_bill_passed/?eid=-6787

Healthcare Identifiers Bill passed

Medicare Australia expected to assign unique healthcare identifiers in October

The Federal Government passed through the Healthcare Identifiers Bill 2010 and the Healthcare Identifiers (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2010 this week, following four months of debate and a last minute push by the Department of Health and Ageing and the National eHealth Transition Authority (NeHTA).The Senate is believed to have passed the bills at approximately 8.45pm on 25 June, as Australian Parliament House wrapped the final day of sitting before the winter break. The bills allow e-health authority NeHTA and service lead Medicare Australia to begin assigning unique, 16-digit individual healthcare identifiers to the Australian public within the 1 July timeframe originally stipulated under the Government proposal.Concerns the bill wouldn't be passed before July arose after the health minister, Nicola Roxon, agreed to amendments tabled by the Opposition. The amendments - some of which were added to the main bill - would effectively see Medicare Australia a permanent operator of the identifier service, pending a review of the legislation in two years or other directives from Parliament. A final contract between Medicare Australia and NeHTA is believed to have been signed, but a spokesperson for NeHTA failed to confirm this.-----http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/news/senate-gives-healthcare-identifiers-bill-green-light

Senate gives healthcare identifiers Bill green light

25th Jun 2010Caroline Brettingham-Moore   all articles by this authorAFTER months of uncertainty the Healthcare Identifiers Bill has finally been passed by the Senate.The legislation, passed in the dying hours of Parliament before the winter recess, will enable all Australians and healthcare providers to be indentified by a unique 16-digit number.Medicare will have allocated 98% of Australian’s an individual healthcare identifier by Monday.National E-Health Transition Authority clinical lead Dr Mukesh Haikerwal said the Government and the Coalition should be congratulated for making e-health a priority.-----http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/192957.php

Healthcare Identifiers To Kickstart e-Health Implementation, Australia

25 Jun 2010   AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said today that the AMA is pleased that the Healthcare Identifiers legislation has been passed by the Parliament and now looks forward to an acceleration of the implementation of e-Health programs in Australia. Dr Pesce said healthcare identifiers are an important building block for electronic health records. "Healthcare identifiers will facilitate the timely and accurate sharing of electronic patient information to improve medical care in Australia," Dr Pesce said. "The legislation very clearly provides for the healthcare identifiers to be used solely to identify individuals for the purposes of accessing and sharing individual electronic health information. -----http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/192944.php

Health Identifiers A Good Start On E-health, Australia

25 Jun 2010   ANF Federal Secretary elect Lee Thomas welcomes the introduction of the Healthcare Identifiers Act saying it will improve patient safety and care by giving nurses and midwives access to electronic health records. Ms Thomas said the ANF hoped the government's e-health reform agenda could now be advanced to deliver a more streamlined health system for the nation. "On a daily basis nurses and midwives are forced to make important decisions on how to initiate care for seriously ill people who may present to a hospital and often the nursing and medical staff will not know that person's medical history," she said. Ms Thomas said e-Health would also make life easier for those on a complex regime of medication. -----http://www.misaustralia.com/viewer.aspx?EDP://1277427235640&section=news&xmlSource=/news/feed.xml&title=Parliament+passes+e-health+legislation

Parliament passes e-health legislation

AAPEvery Australian will be given an individual healthcare identification number from next week after the federal parliament passed legislation giving the scheme the green light-----http://www.zdnet.com.au/mac-uni-to-open-paperless-e-hospital-339304034.htm

Mac Uni to open paperless e-hospital

By Luke Hopewell, ZDNet.com.au on June 24th, 2010Australia's first paperless hospital is set to open this weekend, using e-health records to manage patient care.Macquarie University Hospital, located on the Macquarie University campus, is designed to be a "digital hospital", according to chief information officer, Geoff Harders. Existing paper records will be migrated into a digital format for use on workstations, and patient care is tracked by Siemens "cockpit" systems, eliminating clipboard charts in a patient's room. "There's a lot of things being done that haven't been done in the past ... we're about trying to become an exemplar," Harders said. The paperless system sees patient records, tests, dietary requirements and other relevant information entered into the hospital's system and added to the patient's digital record.-----http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/hospital-shunned-over-computer-revelations-20100623-yw22.html

Hospital shunned over computer revelations

DAVID ROOD

June 23, 2010 PREMIER John Brumby's office moved a media conference away from The Alfred yesterday to avoid embarrassment over revelations senior doctors believed the hospital's computer system was putting patients' lives at risk.The announcement by Mr Brumby and Health Minister Daniel Andrews of measures to cope with winter illnesses was moved to the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton.The Age reported yesterday that medical staff regard The Alfred's electronic medical record system as a disaster, with surgeons forced to compete with nursing staff and anaesthetists for access to computer terminals.-----http://www.misaustralia.com/viewer.aspx?EDP://1277248755115&section=news&xmlSource=/news/feed.xml&title=SA+Health+nears+%24100m+software+decision

SA Health nears $100m software decision

Brian CorriganSouth Australia Health is in the final stages of picking the technology that will power a state-wide electronic health information system following a rigorous assessment process involving hundreds of clinicians.-----http://www.misaustralia.com/viewer.aspx?EDP://1277250019161&section=news&xmlSource=/news/feed.xml&title=Qld+Health+payroll+staff+consider+action

Qld Health payroll staff consider action

AAPAngry Queensland Health (QH) payroll staff will consider stop-work action if something isn't done soon to ease their 60-hour-week work loads, their union says.-----
http://www.6minutes.com.au/articles/z1/view.asp?id=519176

Online GPs to take over after hours careby Jared Reed

‘Online GPs’ are be at the centre of a new three-tier after-hours primary care telephone system, the government has revealed on its yourHealth website.

A ‘medical advice and a diagnostic service’ provided by online doctors will be added on to the phone triage service currently provided by nurses through the National Health Call Centre Network, healthdirect Australia.

Under the new scheme, patients will first contact their local practice, and have their call diverted to the nurse-run phone line. The nurse may then refer the patient upwards to an ‘online GP’, who will “provide further medical advice and treatment options”. From 2013, the online GP may then refer the patient for a face-to-face consultation with the nearest Medicare Local after hours GP.
-----http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/no-end-to-queensland-payroll-debacle/story-e6frgakx-1225883123593

No end to Queensland payroll debacle

  • From: AAP
  • June 23, 2010 10:28AM

ANGRY Queensland Health payroll staff will consider stop-work action if something isn't done soon to ease their 60-hour-week work loads. Thousands of health workers have either not been paid, have been underpaid or overpaid since a problematic new software system was introduced three months ago.Extra payroll staff have been put on to fix the pay problem, but workers are now at breaking point with no end to the mess in sight, the Australian Services Union's Julie Bignell says.Around 50 workers at QH's Meadowbrook payroll hub stopped work on Tuesday to meet and vent their anger over a decision to move three experienced staffers to the Princess Alexandra Hospital to work in an information kiosk for pay queries.-----http://www.zdnet.com.au/vic-govt-launches-greenit-cluster-339304026.htm?omnRef=NULL

Vic govt launches GreenIT cluster

By Josh Taylor, ZDNet.com.au on June 23rd, 2010 (21 hours ago)The Victorian Government yesterday launched what it calls "Australia's first environmental IT industry cluster", shelling out $100,000 for the initiative.The Victorian Minister for Information and Communications Technology John Lender announced the cluster at an Australian Information Industry Group event yesterday. He revealed the new Victorian-based cluster is comprised of the Australian Information Industry Association, Box Hill Institute, CSC, KPMG, Prima Consulting and Tradeslot."This new cluster brings together six industry and government organisations with industry knowledge, giving companies an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and promote industry capability nationally and internationally," Lenders said in a press release.-----http://rustreport.com.au/

Aussie tech drives GPs' reports

E-health solutions provider Global Health has been selected to provide its ReferralNet system to Australian Medical Locum Services as a platform for secure message delivery. ALMS provides after-hours care for the patients of almost 2000 GPs in Melbourne and Perth.-----http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/market/39891-isoft-oakton-partner-on-microsoft-systems-integration

iSOFT, Oakton partner on Microsoft systems integration

By Gordon Peters
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 00:33 Listed-Australian technology and business consultancy, Oakton, has been chosen by iSOFT as the preferred partner of systems integration services in a project to roll out Microsoft Dynamics AX to 28 customers nationwide in the health care industry.Under the agreement, iSOFT will subcontract to Oakton to deliver Dynamics AX to clients in the healthcare industry to replace their existing financial system, with iSOFT touting the project as a “major transformation initiative to modernise financial operations and provide more integrated back office services.”iSOFT operations director, Rein de Vries said Oakton was selected as preferred partner due to its “deep Microsoft capability and its alignment to our successful deployment methodologies.”-----http://www.smh.com.au/business/margin-calls-force-isofts-cohen-to-sell-down-shares-20100625-z9ss.html

Margin calls force iSoft's Cohen to sell down shares

CHRISTOPHER WEBB

June 26, 2010 THERE was large-scale movement yesterday in the share price of iSoft, an outfit that bills itself as the biggest health information technology company listed on the exchange.The shares, which closed at 19¢ the day before, fell to 13.5¢ in morning trading.By midday, the scrip recovered somewhat to 16¢ and at 1.12pm chief executive Gary Cohen issued a statement to say he had sold shares as a result of margin calls.''As advised to the audit committee in 2008, I borrowed funds on security of my shares in iSoft in order to allow my entities to participate in the rights issue conducted by the company in 2007,'' he said.The original borrowing related to less than 1 per cent of the then market value of iSoft shares and less than 15 per cent of the total shares in which he had a relevant interest, Mr Cohen said.-----http://www.zdnet.com.au/isoft-s-anz-md-to-leave-339304029.htm

iSoft's ANZ MD to leave

By Josh Taylor, ZDNet.com.au on June 24th, 2010iSoft's Australia and New Zealand managing director, Denis Tebbutt, will be leaving the company, with its NZ country manager James Rice to move into the leadership role."Denis will be leaving the organisation," the company said in a statement. "James Rice has been put into the leadership position for the Australian and New Zealand business unit." The company did not reveal the reasons for Tebbutt's departure.-----http://www.healthinvestor.co.uk/%28X%281%29A%28nKal5bZHywEkAAAAZTg0MTJiMGUtN2I5YS00OTQ0LWI3ZmQtMzU5NzFlOWQ4MzE2Wpq50MNisHXbpEc2UZVH2BAAGNI1%29S%28oqgfr0uvc5ag0o455dicu155%29%29/ShowArticle.aspx?ID=1179

iSoft forced to slash costs

Troubled NHS software supplier iSoft has been forced to go to its banks to ask for more favourable borrowing terms, and to draw up plans for a "significant reduction in costs", which could include job losses.The move follows a string of negative trading updates by the company over the last few weeks.iSoft’s software package Lorenzo, which the company is due to roll out across two thirds of England’s hospitals, was installed this month at a large NHS trust six years after the first of many deadlines was missed.-----http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/blog/168

Gillard’s test: effective health reform

Shannon McKenzie 25th Jun 2010AFTER the swift toppling of Kevin Rudd, Australia now has its first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the country is eagerly waiting to see what kind of leader she will be. Doctors in particular will be scrutinising her words for clues as to how she plans to move forward with the National Health and Hospitals Network plan, and what degree of involvement they may be afforded. Given one of her first acts as Prime Minister was to call a truce with the mining industry and invite its chiefs to renegotiate the Resources Super Profits Tax, the signs are good that she will adopt a more consultative approach to government. Kate Carnell was AGPN CEO in 2004 when Ms Gillard held the position of shadow health minister.She describes her as “accessible, incredibly bright, with a good grasp of policy”.Importantly for GPs, she recalls Ms Gillard’s approach to policy was one of “always trying to bring people with her”.-----http://www.zdnet.com.au/govt-goes-into-tech-overdrive-339304103.htm

Govt goes into tech overdrive

By Suzanne Tindal, ZDNet.com.au on June 25th, 2010I don't know whether the government managed to catch my blog last week about never getting anything done, but this week it went out of its way to prove me wrong.It pulled me out of bed on Sunday to write about a deal with Telstra that will see the telco move its customers onto the National Broadband Network. Considering I'd never thought the government and Telstra would ever see eye to eye I was really taken aback. In an embarrassing blunder from October 2009, Senator Stephen Conroy released an ACCC report that valued Telstra's copper access network at between $8 billion and $40 billion.Considering that the amount Telstra is going to get from the government to transfer its customers to the National Broadband Network and decommission its copper network is much closer to $8 billion than $40 billion, I'm calling that a victory for the government. -----http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/350882/money_down_drain_tech_bills_blocked/

Money down the drain as tech bills blocked

Opposition's "filibustering" could mean as much as $16.5 million in taxpayer money down the drain

Up to $16.5 million of taxpayer's money could be wasted by the end of 2010 due to alleged "filibustering" by the Federal Opposition, Australian Greens senator, Scott Ludlam, has claimed."It costs more than a million dollars a day to run this building and [the Opposition is] filibustering the bills," he told Computerworld Australia.A spokesperson for Australian Parliament House clarified that yearly operating costs for Australian Parliament House are between $150 million and $175 million, extrapolated across the whole year to an average of $500,000 per day excluding MP salaries. -----http://www.theage.com.au/national/opposition-not-bound-to-telstra-network-deal-20100621-ysa3.html

Opposition not bound to Telstra network deal

ARI SHARP

June 22, 2010 THE government's $11 billion agreement with Telstra would not tie the opposition's hands if it tries to scrap the network after the next election.The opposition has pledged to suspend work on the project after the election and wind back commitments made by the government's NBN Co, meaning the ditching of the $43 billion project could be pricey if major contracts have been locked in.But the heads of agreement struck between Telstra and NBN Co on the weekend does not bind either party, meaning the opposition would be able to extract the government from the deal without facing a financial penalty or legal challenge if it is elected to office.-----http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/350609/telstra-nbn_co_deal_analysts_weigh/?eid=-255

Telstra-NBN Co deal: Analysts weigh in

Analysts debate which party has emerged victorious

While many in the industry will welcome the reaching of a Financial Heads of Agreement deal between Telstra and the NBN Co for the separation of Telstra, analysts are debating which party has emerged from the protracted negotiations as victor.IDC Australia telecommunications analyst, David Cannon, said the outcome of the negotiations could be read as a “win-win” for the Government and Telstra.“Telstra… still gets to keep the pits and ducts and hence we should see a big gain in Telstra share price,” he said. “This is also a great win for the government as it validates its broadband vision whilst securing the interests of Australian tax payers (with a cheaper rollout) and Telstra shareholders which the opposition was not able to achieve.“Most importantly, Telstra shareholders have been looked after, and hence David Thodey has done his job.”-----http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/telstra-in-11bn-nbn-deal-with-rudd-government/story-e6frg8zx-1225882022392

Telstra in $11bn NBN deal with Rudd government

  • Mitchell Bingemann and Jennifer Hewett
  • From: The Australian
  • June 21, 2010 12:00AM

TELSTRA has struck an $11 billion deal with NBN Co and the Rudd government to transfer its internet and voice customers to the NBN. The non-binding financial heads of agreement -- which comes after 10 tortuous months of negotiations -- will see Telstra paid $9bn to become the NBN's largest customer as it transfers its cable and copper network customers to the new fibre network during its eight-year construction.Telstra expects to reap a total $11bn in post-tax net present value from the deal after new public policy reforms that relieve the company's obligation to provide and maintain basic phone services to rural and remote areas-----Enjoy!David. Posted by Dr David More MB, PhD, FACHI at Sunday, June 27, 2010 0 comments

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