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RACGP report finds GPs optimistic about future of health tech

GPs are optimistic about the use of health technology and its ability to improve productivity and care coordination, but uncertain about medico-legal issues around eHealth, a new survey found.

New Pharmacy regulations – what you need to know

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency have released new guidelines to encourage Pharmacists to embrace the Federal Government’s new My Health Record system.

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.

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.

What patient engagement means in 2018

In this article founder of patient engagement platform HotDoc, Dr Ben Hurst, reveals how he sees patient engagement evolving in 2018 as transcending beyond the four walls of the consultation room.

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.

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.

Why big data is spurring cloud adoption in healthcare

There is increasing pressure on healthcare providers to manage big data, secure it better with the right data governance structures and leverage it to gain deeper patient insights at scale. And it’s no surprise why more healthcare providers are turning to the cloud ecosystem as a solution.

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?

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.

5 Ways cloud supports better healthcare

Cloud computing is playing an increasingly critical role in transforming health care’s digital ecosystem, and the benefits are becoming more evident than ever before.

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.

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.

Is healthcare ready for the IoT revolution?

The Internet of Things (IoT) in healthcare is not new, but as innovation continues to rapidly outpace adoption, the pressure is on the industry to become more responsive to digital change.

Improving medication-related clinical decision support

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

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.

Are you ready for the new era of digital wellness?

‘Digital wellness’ and wearables are continuing to play a bigger part in our every day lives, but how will this new digital age of wellness impact healthcare? MedicalDirector’s CEO, Matthew Bardsley, discusses.

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.

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.

Why cloud is emerging as health’s core platform

Cloud computing is set to dominate healthcare, with a new report predicting the global market for healthcare cloud computing will reach $35 billion by 2022.

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.

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?

Have your say on the national digital health plan

It’s time to have your say on Australia’s national digital health strategy, with the ADHA releasing its draft plan and inviting feedback this month.

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.

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).

Report reveals regions with highest cancer rates

A new report has revealed more disadvantaged regions in Australia have the highest incidence of cancer and mortality rates.

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.

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.

Is your organisation ‘Black Triangle’ ready?

In 2017, The Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) sought comment on their proposal to implement a range of enhancements to their existing Medicines Vigilance Framework. In this article, we take a look at what the new ‘Black Triangle’ Scheme means and how it will impact the healthcare industry.

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?

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.

Is 3D printing innovation outpacing regulation?

3D printing innovation has rapidly evolved over the years, and while its quality and popularity in the medical sector has advanced significantly, experts warn Australian regulation is failing to keep up with the innovation.

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.

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.

Report reveals reluctance to embrace interoperability in healthcare

The medical profession needs to improve the state of interoperability and embrace the benefits of digital transformation, MedicalDirector’s latest whitepaper shows.

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.

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.

HIV Prevention drug approved for PBS listing

The cost of the HIV prevention pill ‘PrEP’ is set to dramatically reduce after receiving final approval for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

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.

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.

Doctors still waiting at the letterbox

Legacy clinical electronic messaging systems can sometimes feel like you’re sitting and waiting by a letter box, but there’s now no better time to make the most of better interconnected solutions, MedicalDirector’s CEO, Matthew Bardsley, writes.

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.

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.

What new mandatory notifiable data breach laws means to healthcare providers

The Federal Government’s new Notifiable Data Breaches scheme comes into effect on 22 February 2018, placing further pressure on the healthcare sector to ensure compliance when it comes to sensitive patient data. In this article, we answer key critical questions around the new legislation and what it means to professional healthcare providers in Australia.

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.

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.

MedicalDirector and HotDoc join forces to boost patient engagement

MedicalDirector and HotDoc have today announced a partnership to deliver a Patient Engagement Solution to healthcare professionals across Australia. Focusing on fostering patient loyalty, the partnership will give HotDoc customers with MedicalDirector software access to HotDoc’s Engagement Suite directly in their workflow. The solution is integrated into Pracsoft and Clinical, and will soon be available in MedicalDirector’s cloud-based clinical and practice management software, Helix.

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.

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.

Demystifying the cloud

The pressure on the healthcare industry to be more efficient and agile means more practitioners and healthcare organisations are turning to technology to generate better patient outcomes.

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.

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.

Shining a spotlight on men’s health

From birth, males suffer more illness and more accidents than their female counterparts.

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.

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.