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MyHealth Record privacy legislation published

In case it survives long enough to pass legislation, the Australian government has published proposed amendments that would strengthen the privacy protections surrounding MyHealth Record. After it was changed from an opt-in model to op-out, the government's e-health system was criticised for too-easy law enforcement access to …
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Infosec, e-health, Vets' Affairs scoop up cash in Oz federal budget

The IT sector always loves it when the Australian government acknowledges its existence in the federal budget, and 2017-2018 is no exception. Infosec professionals are basking in the warm glow of bureaucratic validation this morning, with AU$10.7 million devoted to establishing a Cyber Security Advisory Office. Operating as …
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Oz e-health privacy: after a breach is too late

Australia's peak privacy body has lambasted the country's Senate for being ignorant about the implications of the country's new e-health records. What was once called the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), re-branded My Health Record this year to give it a smiley face, is the government's attempt to …
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IEEE hopes to standardise e-health communications

The IEEE has set to work on standardisation in the e-health device market, and to help the project, it's signed an agreement with medical research nonprofit the Regenstrief Institute. The institute is home to a key standard medical dictionary, Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC), which is used to exchange …
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Oz gummint to empty another money-truck into e-health records

Having failed to attract Australians to e-health records in any significant numbers, the cash-strapped federal government is going to pour nearly half a billion into “rebooting” the strategy. Health minister Sussan Ley announced over the weekend that under this week's federal budget, Australia's Personally-Controlled …

Australian E-Health records breached twice in the last year

Australia's Office of the Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released its Annual report of the Information Commissioner’s activities in relation to eHealth 2013–14, complete with a report on two data breaches in the systems used to store personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHRs). The first was notified in …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2014
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Apostrophe’s cause problem’s in e-health system’s

Australia’s bug-ridden PCEHR – personally-controlled electronic health record – has run into another first glitch, with its registration site reportedly rejecting names containing non-alphanumeric characters. If you’re an O’Dwyer or have a double-barrelled surname, the registration process for PCEHRs would have failed, …
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Stanley Black & Decker picks up Wi-Fi tracking tools

Stanley's healthcare division has scooped up Wi-Fi tracking leader AeroScout, with a view to pushing the technology into hospitals – for use where RFID isn't good enough. Stanley Healthcare will spend the next year adding AeroScout's Wi-Fi based real-time location system to its product portfolio, as well as integrating the …
Bill Ray, 8 Jun 2012
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CSC's selfless offer to new QLD government

CSC has marked the election of a new government in the Australian state of Queensland by selflessly offering to do some work for it. Preferably in the healthcare sector. The giant integrator let it's kind intentions be known through a press release it emitted at 2:03 AM on Sunday morning - just eight hours after polls closed. …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2012
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NHS claws back £1.8bn from IT project fiasco

The government has reached an agreement for a reduction in its contract with CSC, the largest supplier to the now-defunct National Programme for IT (NPfIT). The total saving for the Department of Health (DH) from NPfIT will now be approximately £1.8bn. Health secretary Andrew Lansley told an E-Health Insider event in London …
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Oz stalls e-health trials

Australia’s e-health implementation has stalled because of cross-version software incompatibilities, it emerged yesterday. The agency responsible for the rollout, the National E-Health Transition Authority, made the announcement on January 24, stating that an assessment of the Primary Care desktop software “highlighted some …
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CSIRO software tapped for e-health transition

CSIRO has announced that it is to supply software to Australia’s National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) to support the transition to Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records. Its Snapper software is designed to help translate old health records into the standard terminology used in e-health systems, known as …
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Microsoft to Aussie gov: Privacy rules stifle e-Health

Microsoft has told the Australian government that its focus on storing electronic health records within Australia’s borders “could have a detrimental effect” on security. The Microsoft statements come in a submission to the government’s inquiry into the legislation needed to introduce PCEHRs – personally controllable …
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MS NZ flogs digital health arm to locals

Upending the natural order, New Zealand software company Orion has acquired a suite of health products that had been marketed under the Amalga brand, for an undisclosed sum. Microsoft’s Hospital Information Systems, along with its PACs (Picture Archiving and Communication) and RIS (Radiology Information System) will now become …
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Oz docs prescribed iPads by Premier

Australian state Victoria is to hand out iPads to all the doctors it employs in its hospital - if the state's Premier is re-elected on 27 November. A desperate bid by incumbent Premier John Brumby to tempt medicos with shiny new toys? Not so, says Brumby. Giving doctors an iPad each will cost Au$12m (£7.6m), his Labor Party …
Tony Smith, 9 Nov 2010

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