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Unclear if ICU telemedicine can save hospitals money

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Remote monitoring of intensive care patients - a strategy to maximize scarce medical expertise - can cost hospitals anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 per bed in the...
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Virtual veterans help train U.S. Army psychologists

Virtual veterans help train U.S. Army psychologists | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
A virtual patient technology being developed at USC could help U.S. Army psychologists and psychiatrists to treat their patients more effectively.
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Virtual patient gets funding injection

Virtual patient gets funding injection | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
Virtual patient gets funding injection...

Key medical institutions have joined forces to liberate health  education  from its current physical limitations and have secured $4.5 million to  develop  online teaching tools that can be accessed via the national broadband  network.

The Biomedical Education Skills and Training network (BEST) will  create  online training simulations to educate students in rural and remote   locations. The proposed virtual education facility includes: a dissecting  room,  lab space, national medical image bank, patient clinic, and a diagnostic  case  book.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/virtual-patient-gets-funding-injection-20120809-23vqf.html#ixzz23KRbtZkA
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MBS Online - MBS Video Consultation Items

11 MBS items were introduced for consultations via video conferencing on 1 July 2011. These items allow a range of existing MBS attendance items to be provided by specialists, consultant physicians and consultant psychiatrists.

From 1 November 2012, there is a requirement for the patient and specialist to be located a minimum of 15 kms apart at the time of the consultation.

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Patients reject eHealth

Patients reject eHealth | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
Patients reject eHealth...

Only 5029 people have joined the federal government's controversial $466  million eHealth system since it was launched on July 1.

Figures obtained from the Department of Health and Ageing show that each  individual to take up the personally controlled electronic health record  system  has so far cost the government $92,662.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/health/patients-reject-ehealth-20120811-24179.html#ixzz23HlzZJrd
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The disconnect between EHRs and health information exchange - Billions of dollars have been invested in healthcare technology, so why are you still faxing patient records? - ModernMedicine

The disconnect between EHRs and health information exchange - Billions of dollars have been invested in healthcare technology, so why are you still faxing patient records? - ModernMedicine | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
You've spent a lot of time and money trying to attain meaningful use with your electronic health record system, but you still have to phone or fax over records. Find out the reason why.
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How Mobile Phone Networks Affect Community Health in Ghana

How Mobile Phone Networks Affect Community Health in Ghana | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
Social Network Analysis of Closed User Groups of Community Health Teams in Ghana.
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Aiding rural dementia patients - The Western Producer

Aiding rural dementia patients - The Western Producer | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
A unique clinic in Saskatoon is helping rural residents avoid multiple trips to specialists and the potential yearlong wait for a dementia diagnosis.
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Xerox Surveys Americas: Electronic Health Records / Xerox Newsroom

Findings from the third annual Electronic Health Records (EHR) online survey of 2,147 U.S. adults, conducted for Xerox (NYSE: XRX) by Harris Interactive in May 2012. According to the survey, only 40 percent of respondents believe digital records will deliver better, more efficient care. That response fell two percent from last year’s survey, and matches the response reported in 2010. Overall, 85 percent of respondents this year expressed concern about digital medical records.
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From the Archive: Mining E-mail Back in 1993 - Technology Review

From the Archive: Mining E-mail Back in 1993 - Technology Review | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
How attitudes towards electronic privacy have changed in the last 20 years.
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Biometric Bracelet Lets a Medical Device Recognize its Wearer - Technology Review

A device that measures its wearer's unique electric impedance could make medical procedures more convenient.
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MBS Online - Specialist video consultations under Medicare

MBS Online - Specialist video consultations under Medicare | Australian e-health | Scoop.it

People in remote, regional and outer metropolitan areas of Australia have access to specialist video consultations under Medicare. This provides many patients with easier access to specialists, without the time and expemse involved in travelling to major cities

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TeleHealth Medicare Rebate | eHealth

Changes to Financial Incentives

Under the Budget measure, the On-Board Incentive for telehealth will be paid in two instalments. The first is paid after the first valid telehealth MBS claim is processed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the second is paid after the tenth valid telehealth MBS claim is processed by DHS

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Electronic records for infections can curb antibiotic prescription

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study suggests that using electronic health records to tell doctors what infections are going around in their community could help cut down on unnecessary...
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The risks and rewards of a health data commons - O'Reilly Radar

The risks and rewards of a health data commons - O'Reilly Radar | Australian e-health | Scoop.it

The promise of more access to personal data, however, is balanced by accompanying risks. Smartphones, tablets, and flash drives, after all, are lost or stolen every day. Given the potential of mhealth, and big data and health care information technology, researchers and policy makers alike are moving forward with their applications. As they do so, conversations and rulemaking about health care privacy will need to take into account not just data collection or retention but context and use.

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yourHealth - Personally controlled electronic health records

yourHealth - Personally controlled electronic health records | Australian e-health | Scoop.it

A personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) will be a secure, electronic record of your important health information.

When the system becomes available in July 2012, the PCEHR will bring key elements of your health information together in a unified record. Your information in the PCEHR system will be accessible only by you and your authorised healthcare providers. This information will allow healthcare providers to make better, more efficient decisions about your health and treatment.

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eHealth in Queensland: Progressing towards a Patient Centric, Networked Model of Care

eHealth in Queensland: Progressing towards a Patient Centric, Networked Model of Care | Australian e-health | Scoop.it

By adopting an evidence based benefits management approach, Queensland Health's eHealth program is able to demonstrate the achievement of these benefits with tangible evidence that will create momentum for change in the short term, provide the evidence for future funding applications in the medium term, and build an understanding of the economic impacts of eHealth in the long term.

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Robots and virtual worlds assist autistic children with skill development | Chatbots.org, facilitating the community for professional chatbot developers

Robots and virtual worlds assist autistic children with skill development | Chatbots.org, facilitating the community for professional chatbot developers | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
Robots and virtual worlds assist autistic children with skill development, by multitouch or robot KASPAR | News report on Chatbots.org...
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EyeNetra raises $1 million to build revolutionary smartphone vision tester

EyeNetra raises $1 million to build revolutionary smartphone vision tester | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
EyeNetra, developers of revolutionary $2 smartphone peripheral that can diagnose refractive error, has raised $1 million to continue development.
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7 reasons why your hospital needs to think mobile

7 reasons why your hospital needs to think mobile | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
Numbers count—and big ones show that even people without electricity often have mobile phones.
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Healthcare's Often Missing Element - The Human Element - Forbes

 

 

Healthcare's Often Missing Element - The Human Element

About 6 years ago Dow Chemical sponsored what became a series of iconic TV commercials – simply called The Human Element. They still crop up occasionally - and I still think they are CLIO worthy – but no wins to date. A summary of the soothing, violin accompanied voice-over went like this:

For each of us there is a moment of discovery. In the flash of a synapse we learn that life is elemental. This knowledge changes everything. We see all things connected. The element not listed on the chart – is the missing element – the human element. And when we add it to the equation – the chemistry changes. Every reaction is different. The human element is the element of change. Nothing is more fundamental. Nothing more elemental.

In the course of those same 6 years we’ve raced breathlessly – sometimes frantically – to bring the promise of new technology to healthcare. E-Health, M-Health, D-Health – all with varying degrees of success but all with the same triple aim – improved care, health and cost.

Xerox has new evidence to suggest that there are still some sizable gaps in at least one critical element of our healthcare transformation – and it’s that human element.

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How Electronic Health Records Enhance Patient Care

How Electronic Health Records Enhance Patient Care | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
Leading practitioners in clinical environments with electronic health records are confident that digital patient records improve patient care.

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Printing Muscle - Technology Review

Printing Muscle - Technology Review | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
Organovo's 3-D printer creates human tissues that could help speed drug discovery.
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Queensland - eHealth Info

Queensland - eHealth Info | Australian e-health | Scoop.it
eHealth sites in Queensland...

A key element of the PCHER system’s implementation will be through eHealth sites. The Federal Government has funded 12 eHealth sites in a program managed overall by NEHTA. Most lead sites involve chronic and complex disease patients, young mothers and babies and some with focus on indigenous Australians.

The purpose of the eHealth sites will be to:

Deploy and test national eHealth infrastructure and standards in real world healthcare settings;Demonstrate tangible outcomes and benefits from funded eHealth projects;Build stakeholder support and momentum behind the national PCEHR system work program; andProvide a meaningful foundation for further enhancement and roll-out of the national PCEHR system

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Telehealth support officers on offer to Medicare Locals

Pulse+IT Magazine - Australasia's First and Only eHealth and Health IT Magazine...Expressions of interest are being sought from Medicare Locals in outer urban and rural and remote regions to secure the services of one of 13 telehealth support officers (TSOs) being funded to assist practices to build telehealth capability.
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