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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.…

What gets us up to go to work each morning?

27/09/2017

AUTHOR: Margie Peat, RxOne What gets us up to go to work each morning? Recently I was reminded of one of those business relationships that produced results that were of benefit to all in the triangle – patient, pharmacist and software provider. The government leader responsible for oversight of this particular series of projects commented…

Choosing the right Cyber Umbrella

20/09/2017

AUTHORS: Monica Schlesinger, Advisory Boards Group  Meena Wahi, Cyber Data-Risk Managers In the face of increasing cyber attacks on Australian businesses, at the end of June this year, Prime Minister Turnbull and his government gave the green light to unprecedented use of offensive military cyber-warfare operations to shut down and destroy foreign criminal networks, as…

Can we wait another 6 years? 

28/07/2017

AUTHOR: Dinah Graham, Business Development Manager, MIMS, MSIA Board Director As I do every couple of days I’ve just dipped in to David More’s blog and his current poll asks the question “Do You Believe the ADHA Is Improving or Deteriorating as Time Passes with Its Delivery, Openness and Transparency?” At the risk of premeditating…

Amcal initiative and other measures for advancing wellness

11/07/2017

AUTHOR: Margie Peat, Managing Director of HealthSoft, creators of RxOne pharmacy software, and passionate advocate for pharmacists and an “impatient”. I’ve not been comfortable with the term “patient” being not that way inclined when waiting for medical services. I’m a believer in making it easy for consumers to take responsibility for their own wellness. There…

Secure Messaging – There is a Tide in The Affairs of Men (And Women)…

03/07/2017

AUTHOR: Tom Bowden, CEO, HealthLink & Vice President, MSIA Every now and then I need to remind myself that the endless rounds of meetings to discuss Secure Message Delivery and interoperability are truly necessary and must be persevered with. Why is Secure Messaging so difficult? Let me count the reasons. Among the four or five…