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Unity Farm Journal - First Week of March 2015

The snow, ice and sleet continues. February was the snowiest month we have ever had in Boston had with 64.8 inches. It was also the second-coldest February on record.I’ve attacked the endless frozen tundra of Unity Farm with the Terex front loader,an ice chipper, and a stainless steel SnowEx salt/sand spreader. Show More Summary

Review Of The Ongoing Post - Budget Controversy 5th March 2015. Urgent Work Now Underway on 2016 One!

Budget Night was on Tuesday 13th May, 2014 and it is still not finalised by any means.Both major health and education changes as well as pension changes are still stuck and we have a new Families Package being floated. Also we have only 3 sitting weeks in Parliament before the next Budget - due to be handed down Tuesday 12th, May 2015. Show More Summary

Patients say deploying a patient portal isn’t enough to engage them

Much has been made of the push to better engage patients, but little has been spent on examining exactly what patients want. Despite the requirements set by the EHR Incentive Program, simply deploying a patient portal isn’t enough to engender real, sustainable engagement. Show More Summary

Resource Leveling

In an era when demand for IT services always exceeds supply, it’s important to triage incoming requests and allocate existing resources to completing the highest priority projects in the shortest time.Time, scope, and resources are the only three levers available to a CIO. Show More Summary

ACO Survival Guide Ships!

Today my publisher announced release of The ACO Survival Guide: First Edition. It has been a work of earnest effort as I dove into the depths of ACO regulations and emerge with valuable and useful information for Accountable Care Organizations with insights on the move from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance and accountability. Show More Summary

My View Is That Providing ASIO Access To Patient Records Is Going A Zillion Miles Just Too Far.

This appeared a few days ago:Push for ASIO to be given better access to patient records23 February, 2015 Michael Woodhead 34 comments Photo: AAP Security services should be given enhanced access to patients' medical records and personal...Show More Summary

Digital health startups should de-risk using strategically integrated investors

I have the pleasure of meeting or speaking with many digital health, health IT, medTech, and life sciences (especially genomics and bioinformatics) startups every week. As a serial entrepreneur and angel investor myself I know how hard...Show More Summary

Surely, After This Much Has Been Spent, And All We Have Is This Set Of Numbers, The Time Has Come To Pull The Pin!

This appeared late last week.Taxpayers have spent more than $1 billion on a digital health record that doctors won’t use February 27, 2015 12:00AM Sue Dunlevy National Health Reporter Herald SunAUSTRALIANS could have had a hip replacement,...Show More Summary

The Medicare Co-Payment Is Gone - But Health Policy Still In Limbo!

At a 1:30pm press conference Minister Sussan Ley killed of the Co-Payment but also said consultations were ongoing about what happens next. In the meantime it seems the freeze in the value of the Medicare rebate will continue until a new approach is agreed with the doctors and other stakeholders. Show More Summary

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 2nd March, 2015.

Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require...Show More Summary

The Secrecy And Obfuscation By The Department Of Health Regarding The PCEHR Just Rolls On.

We had Senate Estimates last week - Wednesday Evening there were a few questions asked by Senator Di Natale on e-Health.The session began just before 8pm.Here is the transcript. I have made the important bits bold and italic.Go to the link below to see the details of the cast that was assembled. Show More Summary

AusHealthIT Poll Number 259 – Results – 1st March, 2015.

Here are the results of the poll.Do You Believe The Current Level Of Growth In Government Health Spending Is Unsustainable? Yes 11% (7) Possibly 32% (20) Neutral 17% (11) Probably Not 29% (18) No Way 10% (6) I Have No Idea 2% (1) Total votes: 63 Very interesting. Show More Summary

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links - 28th February, 2015.

Here are a few I have come across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. 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...Show More Summary

What is the Optimal Future Role for ONC?

As Meaningful Use winds down and incentive dollars are fully spent, what is the optimal role for ONC going forward?Some pundits have suggested that ONC step aside and return all aspects of HIT policy and technology to the private sector. Show More Summary

#WWBR Week of February 23, 2015

Study Urges Greater Financial Disclosure by Nonprofit Integrated Health Systems Jill Bronstein in National Academy of Social Insurance “A study came out from the National Academy of Social Insurance looking at the societal value of IDNs. The study had several … Read more ›

Here Is A Great YouTube Video On The Way Mobile Technology Can Impact Healthcare.

This is really a great 8 minutes of interesting and probably important stuff from a well-known evangelist Dr Eric Topol. This presentation is about what he terms Smartphone Medicine.Do enjoy - great fun!https://www.youtube.com/embed/r13uYs7jglgDavid. This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.

Longitudinal Care Plans: Still Siloed

I have been doing a lot of work and research around the current state of care plans for an upcoming Insight report that will be out in March. Some of their limitations in current practice though have become glaringly apparent … Read more ›

Unity Farm Journal - 4th week of February 2015

With Spring arriving in 23 days, the farm is beginning the transition from surviving the bitter cold to nesting and reproduction - the Birds and the Bees. First the Birds. I sent my daughter the picture below and asked her if she could...Show More Summary

Review Of The Ongoing Post - Budget Controversy 26th February 2015. Now We Are Working On The 2016 One!

Budget Night was on Tuesday 13th May, 2014 and it is still not finalised by any means.Both major health and education changes as well as pension changes are still stuck and it seems we have only 4 sitting weeks in Parliament before the...Show More Summary

Making Time for Innovation

CIOs are at a challenging crossroads in their careers. Regulatory burdens, security threats, and changing reimbursement models have led to a demand for change that seems overwhelming. As workflow pressures increase, it’s easy to declare...Show More Summary

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