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Specialists: Are your details up-to-date in GP referral directories?

Although GP referral directories like Healthshare are comprehensive, Specialist practitioners shouldn’t assume their information is automatically up-to date.

Report reveals health needs to take data security more seriously

The health sector topped the list of sectors that notified the OAIC of eligible data breaches since 22 February, according to the Commissioners’ first report since the new mandatory data breach reporting legislation came into effect.

COAG Health Council decisions shaking up healthcare

Doctor’s mental health initiatives, organ donation overhaul, real-time prescription monitoring and primary care for victims of domestic violence are just a few of the issues tackled by the COAG Health Council’s recent meeting.

AUSDI: supporting rural and remote care

In this article, we take a look at how the future of rural pharmacy practice can be better supported using the right tools and solutions.

Tips to boost email security in healthcare

All healthcare practices deal with sensitive information and almost all use email across multiple devices. But with new cyber security laws now in full force in Australia, it’s time health looked at taking one of the industry’s biggest security vulnerabilities more seriously.

How technology can support better aged healthcare

Aged health care is about to go through an era of unprecedented digital change. A combination of clinical practice model transformation and technological disruption is reshaping multiple areas of the aged healthcare eco-system.

How healthcare can reduce its shocking carbon footprint

A recent report revealed Australia's healthcare system contributes to a shocking 7% of the nation's carbon footprint, so what can be done to make healthcare more energy efficient?

New recommendations on hospital pharmacists

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) has called for hospitals to be smarter about spending on medicines support and improve access to cognitive pharmacy services.

Why the government is taking epilepsy seriously

Epilepsy has been high on the Government agenda this year, with a number of initiatives being rolled out to boost awareness and manage symptoms for the 250,000 sufferers in Australia.

Why do doctors still use pagers?

In most industries, the pager represents an ancient relic of the pre-smartphone era, yet for doctors, pagers still play an important part of every day life.

3 Tips to boost digital transformation in healthcare

Digital transformation is rapidly changing the way we manage clinical workflow and optimise patient experience. In this article, we take a look at 3 ways to enable better digital transformation in healthcare.

New partnership set to advance cancer and paediatric care

Victorian medical researchers and healthcare professionals will partner with world-leading experts in cancer and paediatric health in Boston to improve access to the latest medical breakthroughs for Victorian patients.

Improving medication-related clinical decision support

Active, medication-related, clinical decision support (CDS) is surfacing as a critical enabler for greater patient safety.

MedicalDirector and AutoMed Systems integrate to offer seamless practice and patient management

MedicalDirector has partnered with AutoMed Systems to bring practices using its Clinical, Pracsoft and Helix software solutions a complete online booking and patient engagement reception tool.

Four ways to future-proof your health IT plan

In this article, we take a look at four key ways you can future-proof your healthcare IT infrastructure.

Is healthcare keeping up with rapid digital change?

We’re on the cusp of a new era of human-machine partnership, but healthcare is not prepared for the change, a new report found.

The shocking rise of GP burnout and depression

Doctors are more prone to mental health problems than any other profession, and it’s becoming a global epidemic.

Will virtual care transform the future of health?

Virtual care is set to disrupt today’s patient management models, and is becoming increasingly critical to enabling better patient-centric care.

Report predicts tech-enabled ‘smart’ healthcare

Healthcare providers and sector stakeholders are hungry for innovative ways to deliver better patient-centric, tech-enabled ‘smart healthcare’, a new report revealed.

The future of health transactions starts with EFTPOS

The payments industry is fast evolving and digital disruption has meant both consumers and patients are demanding a faster and a more seamless transactional experience.

Reducing the cost of chronic disease

Chronic diseases account for 90% of all the deaths in Australia. So what can we do to reduce the increased burdens faced by hospitals while improving patient outcomes?

Could cloud answer healthcare’s interoperability woes?

Solving healthcare interoperability challenges is a priority, and cloud-based technology is opening fresh opportunities to enable change.

How to tackle patient data overload

A surge in patient data volumes is putting healthcare organisations under pressure to find more effective solutions to managing and storing sensitive patient data.

New VR and AR innovation in pregnancy

Giving birth is now propelled into the virtual space with innovations in both virtual reality and augmented reality developed by the University of Newcastle (UON).

Digital tools set to improve child health

New South Wales and Victoria are leading a new national collaboration to leverage ehealth digital tools to capture child health and developmental information digitally.

Tougher cyber security laws in full force

Australian health service providers can no longer withhold information about cyber security breaches, with the Federal Government’s new Notifiable Data Breaches scheme now in full force.

Healthshare and MedicalDirector to deliver integrated provider directory inside Helix

Leading medical software and information provider MedicalDirector has announced a partnership with digital health company and accredited partner, Healthshare, to deliver an integrated provider directory in its cloud-based solution, Helix, by mid-2018.

New campaign tackles disruptive and abusive patients

Disruptive and abusive patient behaviour is once again resurfacing as a pressing issue in Australia, so what can be done to curb the epidemic?

3 Prongs to a strong digital health economy

Australia’s digital healthcare ecosystem is again in the media spotlight, with more evidence pointing to a need to boost and revitalise our digital health economy.

Top workflow frustrations of today’s GPs

Demand for GPs continues to rise in Australia, but workflow barriers are continuing to frustrate practitioners and prevent efforts to boost efficiency while maintaining a patient-centric approach.

New study tackles over-prescribing antibiotics in children

A recent study was conducted following mounting concern over antibiotic overloading in children. The study explores different interventions concerning inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for non-severe acute infections.

What every GP needs to know about the new AMDS program

The Department of Health has recently released its new Approved Medical Deputising Service (AMDS) program, opening up fresh controversy over a clause banning deputisers from writing new scripts without the permission of a patient’s regular GP.

Report reveals AI is critical to transforming healthcare

Artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining significant momentum in healthcare and is forecast to have the potential to significantly alter the industry, a new global study found.

Government decisions shaking up healthcare in 2018

Healthcare has remained firmly in the media spotlight in 2018, with a raft of Government decisions, announcements and leaks already sparking debate and controversy amongst the healthcare community.

Is CHIP the new heart attack risk?

Researchers are beginning to put their finger on what may be causing heart attack and stroke in people with few or no conventional risk factors, but some experts warn not to get too carried away by the media hype.

3 Medical device disruptors of 2018

Technology is already playing a key part in driving global medical innovation, and we take a look at the latest medical devices paving the way for enabling better healthcare in 2018.

Report links data-driven technology to better healthcare

Customer-centricity, innovation, data and technology will be essential factors in the success of Australian healthcare organisations in a competitive, demanding future, a new study has found.

How specialists can boost GP referral rates in 2018

Traditionally, specialist practices have had limited ways to ‘market’ themselves to GPs and present their information doctor-to-doctor when a referral decision is being made. In this article, we take a look at a fresh, innovative solution for specialists to better promote their practice details and receive more GP referrals.

Every bed is a hospital bed

Hospitals are facing increasing pressure to be efficient and ‘always on’, especially in times of crisis. MedicalDirector’s CEO, Matthew Bardsley, discusses how leveraging better technology solutions can drastically change patient hospital experience.

Research reveals flu can increase heart attack risk six times in a week

A new study has shown that catching the influenza virus can increase the risk of having a heart attack by up to six times within the space of only a week. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at thousands of flu cased and provided strong evidence linking influenza and heart attacks.

Preventing medication errors through eRx

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Australia, including obtaining them through prescription fraud. So how can we leverage the right technology to stop this from becoming a full-blown forgery epidemic?

Electronic referrals just became easier with HealthLink

In the digital health age and expectations for better interoperability, the pressure is on to improve the efficiency of electronic referrals. While electronic referrals have been available from within Medical Director via the HealthLink network for many years now, they have yet to be used on a large scale – until now.

5 ways technology is transforming healthcare

For the last five years, technology has been the main catalyst for change within the healthcare industry and directly improved both the patient and provider experience. In this article, we take a look at five ways technology is impacting healthcare in 2018.

What the new codeine laws mean for Australia

Medicines containing codeine will require a prescription from the start of February 2018, following increased concern over addiction, overuse and abuse of the painkiller. In this article, we take a look at what the new laws mean and how they are set to impact the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

GPs lose $11m for My Health Record failures

General practices are forced to repay an average of $9,000 each, forfeiting almost $11 million in e-PIP incentives for not uploading for My Health Record shared health summaries, the Department of Health has revealed.

5 Tips for healthcare data security success in 2018

As digital transformation of the healthcare framework increasingly becomes a part of our everyday lives, data security remains one of the most critical concerns for healthcare providers in Australia. In this article, we take a look at what it takes to ensure better data security success in 2018.

Why reducing medication errors is a shared responsibility

Media reports like the recent case of a paediatric overdose of reflux medication are a stark reminder of the potentially harmful consequences and human cost of medication errors, so what can we do to reduce medication mistakes and improve accuracy?

What patient-centric care means for Australians in 2018

As we kick-start the new year into enabling better healthcare, patient-centric care remains at the forefront of medical debate. In this article, we take a look at what patient-centric care means in 2018 and what Australian GPs can do to ensure optimal patient satisfaction.

5 Ways to enable better cloud healthcare

Our recent roundtable and subsequent whitepaper Healthcare in the Cloud: Optimising an Industry, has opened up a fresh wave of discussion about the role of technology in the future of healthcare.

Improving rural health with technology

Harnessing the potential of technology to improve the delivery of healthcare in Australia is especially important for those living in rural and remote areas where access to healthcare and face-to-face patient-clinician consultations are harder to come by.

How to turnaround a time-poor practice

The health industry is being consistently asked to do more with less, and for GPs this means delivering potentially life-saving care under severe time constraints.

5 Digital healthcare predictions for 2018

The age of digital healthcare is here, and artificial intelligence, robotics and cloud-based SaaS platforms are increasingly becoming part of the industry’s lexicon.

3 Barriers to enabling better models of care

In 2017, we saw the healthcare industry under even further pressure and scrutiny, placing the debate around enabling better models of care back in the spotlight.

Mental health and GP burnout

Feeling burnt out after a long year and still not ready to face 2018? You might be suffering from GP burnout.