MSIA Blog

We are at a fork in the digital health road

21/02/2018

…I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. — Robert Frost AUTHOR: Emma Hossack, CEO Extensia and President, MSIA.  Rarely has there been a better reason for optimism…

Improving Aged Care with Smart Home Technology & Telehealth

21/02/2018

AUTHOR: Craig Porte, CEO, Carelink/Icon Global & Director, MSIA Aged Care in the home has largely been reactive. A project to deploy smart home technology has been trialled in Geelong (Victoria) through a collaboration between the City of Greater Geelong, Samsung, Icon Global, Unisono and Deakin University and has shown that  elderly Australians can gain…

The Positive Power of Big Data

15/02/2018

Author: Philip Loya –  Sr Solution Strategist, Australia IP Strategy, Cerner and Board Director, MSIA It seems like every day we’re bombarded with another news story around a hacking or data breach.  Many of the Healthcare IT companies have worked especially hard to protect patient data, given the sensitive nature of the data that may…

Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) – what is the problem?

07/02/2018

AUTHOR: David Freemantle – General Manager eHealth, Fred IT Group & MSIA Board Director The statistics never cease to horrify. Every year over 1,000 Australians die as a result of prescription medication overdoses. In 2016, this included 372 Victorians. This isn’t new information and in fact the statistics keep getting worse. Despite many Coroner’s reports highlighting…

Is blockchain healthcare IT’s long awaited panacea?

24/01/2018
Block Chains

AUTHOR: Tom Bowden, CEO HealthLink & Vice President MSIA Recently we have been hearing a lot about blockchain, the distributed digital system seen by some as a ‘silver bullet’ for addressing information security and interoperability challenges.  It is tempting to see blockchain as something of a fad which is currently going into Gartner’s famed ‘Hype…

When will Healthcare Catch FHIR?

13/12/2017

AUTHOR: Tom Bowden, CEO, HealthLink & Vice President, MSIA Many healthcare IT aficionados think of interoperability as a ‘magic broom’ that will sweep healthcare’s problems magically aside, connecting IT systems to one another and finally bring the benefits of information technology to an industry stuck in the nineteenth or twentieth century. Alas, interoperability is a…

Why patient engagement is more important than ever

15/11/2017

AUTHOR: Peter Birch, General Manager | MediRecords A generation ago, the healthcare professional set all the terms of engagement with a patient.  As a patient you wouldn’t question the family Doctor, and that would often be your single point of reference for how to manage your health. Today, things are a bit different.  In this…

Reforming the Healthcare Economy

01/11/2017

Tom Bowden, Vice President, MSIA. There is an emerging view that a country’s healthcare system should not be thought of as an industry or even a marketplace but rather as a healthcare economy. Managing an economy takes quite a specific approach.  As we have seen, in the recent PIP payments initiatives, giving carefully formulated benefits…

The Search for Better Clinical Decision Support: Drug Interaction Alerts in Focus

25/10/2017

AUTHOR: Susan Cheng, Product Specialist (Medication Management),  InterSystems It comes as no surprise that the drug interaction alert screen is, by far, the most frequently ignored screen in any clinical software. Doctors, pharmacists and nurses know it: our finger is already anxiously hovering over the ‘Enter’ key before this seemingly obnoxious screen displays. We bypass the…

A software solution could fix the codeine dependency issue

04/10/2017

The Therapeutic Goods Administration made the decision to up-schedule Codeine, after taking into consideration that US, most of Europe, Hong Kong and Japan had stopped the sale of codeine products without a script and evidence of the harm caused by their overuse and abuse. In Australia, Codeine up-scheduling will create a major public health issue.…