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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 will 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 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.

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.

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.

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.
07/02/2018 By Guest Contributor

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.
06/02/2018 By Matthew Bardsley, CEO

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.

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.
05/02/2018 By Guest Contributor

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?

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.

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

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 about 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.

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.