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2016 Budget - Lots Of Money Saved Towards Budget - But Hospital Funding Still A Bone Of Huge Contention!

July 2 EditionBudget Night was May 12, 2015.Parliament has risen - the Government is very happy how things have gone so all is well with the world.Sadly some global authorities are suggesting we lurk in a fool’s paradise. Others disagree...Show More Summary

MedStar, AARP Partner to Spur Health Innovation for Aging

Maryland-based not-for-profit health system MedStar Health has become the newest Founding Member of Project Catalyst|The Power of We to spur digital health innovation for the aging population. The program provides developers of popular...Show More Summary

Teladoc IPO Raises $157M, Shares Priced at $19

Today, Dallas-based telehealth provider, Teladoc initial public offering (IPO) debut under the symbol “TDOC” on the New York Stock Exchange at $19 per share, raising $157 million. The underwriters for the offering also have a 30-dayShow More Summary

Managing Up

I took my first job at age 13, building model planes and skateboards at Palos Verdes Hobby Shop. Over the past 40 years, I’ve reported to over a dozen people. Some were inspirational and charismatic. Others were more task delegation oriented. Show More Summary

This Can Only Be Good News For Those Who Hope E-Health Can Make A Widespread Difference!

This appeared last week.Rust E-ResearchThe rise of the ‘GranTechie’: closing the generational gapJune 22, 2015nbn research reveals 35 per cent of grandparents use video calling apps to keep in-touch with their grandchildren. Move over...Show More Summary

Catholic Health’s CIO Talks Leveraging Health IT for Value-based Care

Editor’s Note: Deloitte Insights for CIOs provides relevant research, fact-based analysis and pragmatic perspectives on the technology issues that matter most to CIOs and other executives with an interest in technology. Michael O’Rourke,...Show More Summary

HealthTap, Quest Diagnostics Launch Virtual Diagnostic Testing for Healthcare Consumers

HealthTap, the world’s largest, most trusted digital health hub and Quest Diagnostics has announced a collaboration that will enable doctors to order diagnostic testing services for patients through HealthTap’s comprehensive virtual care platform. Show More Summary

Allscripts Makes $200M Equity Investment in NantHealth, IPO Imminent

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong Ambulatory EHR leader Allscripts and NantHealth has purchased a 10% equity stake in  NantHealth for $200 million and NantCapital, LLC, the personal investment vehicle of Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of NantHealth, has made a $100 million investment into Allscripts. Show More Summary

UAB Medicine Selects athenahealth to Advance Care Coordination

UAB Medicine, the third largest academic medical center in the nation is implementing athenaCoordinator Enterprise patient access services to improve care coordination in the ambulatory space. The implementation will  streamline care...Show More Summary

Florida’s PremierMD ACO Selects eClinicalWorks for Population Health Management

Florida’s PremierMD ACO LLC (Premier), an ACO participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, has chosen the eClinicalWorks CCMR population health platform to advance its ACO objectives, coordinate care across the continuum as well as evaluate population health and quality improvement activities. Show More Summary

Telehealth App Approved By NHS to Deliver Prescriptions to UK Patients

Dr Now, a telehealth app that dispenses and deliver prescriptions directly to patients’ home or office has been approved by NHS England to handle NHS prescriptions using the NHS Electronic Prescription Service. Now available for Apple...Show More Summary

HomeHero Raises $23M to Expand In-Home Senior Ca

40% of U.S. adults today are responsible for taking care of an elderly or sick relative, according to a 2014 study by the Pew Research Center and the California HealthCare Foundation. Despite this growing number, most caregivers do not want their aging relatives living with them. Instead, family members are seeking affordable caregivers to provide... Read More

This Article Was Going Reasonably Well Until I Arrived At The Last Paragraph.

This appeared a few days ago:Melbourne doctors take on Dr Google with new medical website Health& Brigid O’Connell Sunday Herald Sun June 28, 2015 12:15AM IF you turn to Dr Google more often than your GP, the antidote may have been found. Show More Summary

Wearables Are Our Foray Into Empowering A Healthier Population

  Image credit: forbesoste via cc   Dr. Nick van Terheyden In 1937, Sylvan Goldman, the owner of the Humpty-Dumpty grocery store chain, invented the shopping cart.  Determined to reduce the cost of having to staff his stores with enough clerks to personally help each customer with over-the-counter purchases, he changed the paradigm.  He created... Read More

Optimizing for higher patient volumes in the ER while reducing wait times, controlling costs and improving the quality of care

The emergency room is often described as a hospital’s front door. A significant portion of any hospital’s daily unscheduled admissions flow through this portal. Without the ER, and a loyal community of referring physicians, no hospital can survive. Many...(read more)

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 29nd June, 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 site registration or subscription payment.General CommentA quiet week with lots of activity in the private sector. Show More Summary

Post IPO: What’s Next for Fitbit & The Future of Wearables in Healthcare?

It was an IPO to remember when Fitbit, Inc. hit Wall Street this June. In fact, it was the third largest U.S IPO of 2015, according to Dealogic. Its stock opened at $30.50, (52 percent above its initial public offering price of $20.00), raised $732 million, and sold 36.6 million shares—giving the San Francisco, CA-based,... Read More

A Proposal for Disruptive Regulation of EHRs

The latest salvo in the interoperability and information-blocking debate comes from two academic experts in the field of informatics, and was recently published in JAMIA. In the brief article, Sittig and Wright are endeavoring to describe the prerequisites for classifying an EHR as “open” or interoperable. I believe the term “open” is a much better... Read More

The PCEHR Automatic Opt In Trial Might Become A Rather Messy And Complicated Business.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog on the proposed Opt-In/Out PCEHR Trails.You can read this and the 26 comments here: http://aushealthit.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/the-opt-out-trials-may-be-much-trickier.html Thinking a little more about...Show More Summary

This Article Was Going Reasonably Well Until I Arrived At The Last Paragraph.

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