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Govt announces $10m in funding to support medical R&D
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the Australian Government is injecting $10 million in funding to support eleven new medical projects, which is set to improve the lives of Australian patients and provide new options to help solve emerging health challenges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.