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Jul 22, 2010


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 they don’t have the inertia and vested interest of the top heavy systems built in developed countries.

Perhaps the report below – about e-health innovation by Aboriginal health services in the NT – is an example of this rule.

Greg Henschke, of the Aboriginal Medical Services Northern Territory, reports:

“The NT is a unique place. We’ve had invasions, colonisations, salutations, neglectful situations and interventions. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually get some technology happening up here that would help with Comprehensive Primary Health Care delivery and to Close the Gap in Aboriginal Health?

Well the Katherine West Health Board (KWHB) and the Aboriginal Medical Services Northern Territory (AMSANT) are proving that smart technology such as IPads can help with grassroots health service delivery. Continue reading “How the IPad is improving health service delivery in the NT”


Feb 5, 2010


Have just come across a series of posts on the health implications of the iPad and related technology that may be of interest to the technology buffs and early adapters among you.

What iPad will mean for doctors and hospitals

…and for patients

The IPod touch and medical apps

Implications for the doctor patient relationship

Have you come across anything similar? If so, feel free to post the links in the comments section. Thanks