Topic archives: e-health

Parliamentary Library budget brief: E-health funding ‘a holding action’ ?

May 27, 2015 1

 In this budget brief from the parliamentary library Dr Rhonda Jolly explores whether the current tinkering around the edges of the health record could be a prelude to a new strategy. Dr Rhonda Jolly writes: E health makes use of developments in computer technology and telecommunications to deliver health information and services more effectively and […]

Q&A’s Health Debate: the experts respond

April 23, 2013

Reema Rattan writes: While the federal election is still months away, issues of health funding are already dominating the news. A Grattan Institute report released yesterday, for instance, noted the greatest budgetary pressure facing Australia comes from sustained increases in health costs. Last night, ABC TV’s Q&A featured Health Minister Tanya Plibersek and Shadow Health […]

How can we ensure a sustainable health system? Plus recent articles on surgery waiting lists, e-health and gambling reform

November 21, 2011

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Library’s FlagPost blog has published a number of articles recently that may be of interest to Croakey readers – on health expenditure, elective surgery waiting times, e-health and gambling reforms. More info below… What is the most effective and fairest way of keeping a lid on health expenditure? Anne-marie Boxall writes: The […]

Your thoughts on the good and bad of eHealth in primary health care?

October 25, 2011 1

(Nov 23: see update at bottom of post) What are the strengths and limitations of eHealth technologies in primary health care? Olga Anikeeva at the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service is drafting a “research round-up”  about the use of eHealth technologies such as electronic health records, decision support systems and e-prescribing software by […]

How can technology be harnessed to help young people & “mental wealth”?

August 22, 2011 7

Here’s a thought: if you’re over 30, you belong to the last generation to know a world without computers. It’s not surprising that efforts to harness technology for youth health are using young people as the teachers and experts, as was outlined in an event at the National Press Club last week. Below is an […]

Some recommended viewing for e-health summit: If air travel worked like health care

November 30, 2010 3

Minister Nicola Roxon’s two-day e-health summit starts in Melbourne today and you can watch the webcast here. Some background about who is speaking etc can be found in this report from The Australian’s IT section. Meanwhile, thanks to Scott White from GP Access for alerting Croakey to this painfully entertaining clip, “If air travel worked […]

More (mostly) depressing reading on e-health: a bit on why, a lot on why not, and not much at all on how…

October 11, 2010 4

E-health: WHY? When it comes to e-health, we know at least some of the reasons why it should be a good thing (quite apart from the fact that the e-revolution is bringing benefits to so many other aspects of life). As a new Canadian study suggests, electronic drug information systems can help reduce adverse drug […]

Online therapies in mental health; and the power of women’s sexual health – more reports from the global health conference

September 9, 2010

The global health conference recently held in Melbourne may be over, but the reports from it are still coming in. Thanks to freelance journalist Tamzin Byrne* for coordinating the two posts below – the first from Swinburne University’s Mike Kyrios on the potential for e-health in mental health; and the second from Liz Sime of […]

How the IPad is improving health service delivery in the NT

July 22, 2010 15

The former editor of the BMJ, Dr Richard Smith, recently recommended ten lessons for global health, including that the rich can learn from developing countries. He wrote that there are many examples of innovation in poorer countries spreading to developed countries, and that poorer countries have a better chance of building sustainable health systems because […]

We need to ensure the extra investment in health is put to the best use

May 12, 2010

The health budget contains plenty of new initiatives that warrant careful implementation and evaluation. But there is still a “troubling sense that initiatives are being hastily stitched together to meet electoral rather than health priorities”, cautions Professor Philip Davies, a former senior executive of the Department of Health and Ageing, and now Professor of Health […]

The big bang lies with e-health proposals

July 28, 2009 1

Philip Davies, Professor of Health Systems & Policy at the University of Queensland’s School of Population Health, is encouraged by the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission proposals around e-health. He writes: “Much of the debate following the release of the National Health & Hospital Reform Commission’s (NHHRC) report A Healthier Future For All Australians […]

E-health plans will benefit private rather than patient interests

May 27, 2009 1

Cris Kerr, an advocate for the value of patient testimony, especially around e-Health systems, has responded to Paul Smith’s recent report on the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission plans. Cris writes: “I wish to draw attention to the recent NHHRC release entitled, ‘Person-controlled Electronic Health Records’, where on page 14 the following is stated: […]

The hidden nasties in the health budget

May 13, 2009

A well-placed anonymous source has identified some cutbacks in critical areas which, strangely enough, the Budget press releases are not spruiking. The source also raises some pertinent issues about the future of the National Preventive Health Agency. The source writes: “I think Yvonne Luxford may be wrong  in her comment, on Croakey, that “the much […]