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The district health board map of New Zealand. Credit: Ministry of Health NZ.

By Rebecca McBeth 10:15 pm December 10, 2018
A national group is being formed to start work on linking the country’s four regional clinical portals, with approval from the district health boards’ (DHBs) chief information officers. The group is being led by Stella Ward, chief digital officer at Canterbury DHB. If successful, the project would allow any clinician involved in a patient’s care to view that person’s...

Photo: Bass Coast Health

By Hafizah Osman 10:45 pm December 09, 2018
The MasterCare EMR solution will be used by Bass Coast Health clinicians to govern the assessment and management plans of clients, along with the monitoring and measuring of on-going outcomes. It comprises of a complete EMR and Practice Management solution, with software supporting Minimum Data Set (MDS) collection required for funding, including: Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP); Home...

Xiangfei Chai, CEO & Founder of Huiyihuiying. Credit: Huiyihuiying

By Dean Koh 08:36 pm December 06, 2018
In a span of about three years, Huiyihuiying (HY) has become a leading company in the development and implementation of AI in the medical sector in China. The enterprise, which focuses on AI for medical imaging, recently launched a new product at the Radiological Society of North America's Annual Meeting (RSNA 2018), which can intelligently screen for tuberculosis and quantify the location...
By Rebecca McBeth 08:54 pm December 05, 2018
17 of New Zealand’s district health boards (DHBs) are hosting some of their clinical and non-clinical data offsite using cloud services. The author asked all 20 DHBs what cloud services they are currently leveraging, their future plans and the barriers they see to cloud adoption. All but three (South Canterbury, Lakes and Tairāwhiti DHBs) are using or piloting cloud services already and all...
By Dean Koh 11:06 pm December 01, 2018
In the book Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare System by William A. Haseltine published in 2013, the author noted that Singapore “ranks sixth in the world” in terms of healthcare outcomes, while “spend[ing] less on healthcare than any other high-income country”. When compared with other countries, Singapore ranks high on value-based indices - A 2014 EIU white...

Huangshi General Hospital in Hubei Province, China. Credit: CLEAR China

By Dean Koh 01:51 am November 30, 2018
A recent article from China Daily stated that IT investment in the country’s hospital system will reach 65.7 billion yuan ($9.47 billion) in 2022, surging 53.5 percent from 2017 and boosting the digitalisation of the Chinese medical system, based on a forecast report by Analysys. The Beijing-based research consultancy’s report also noted that the Hospital Information System has almost...

L-R: Leanne Bradford, Nurse Unit Manager, and Kelly Duff, Clinical Nurse Educator and Change Manager at Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital. Photo via eHealth NSW’s Twitter page.

By Dean Koh 09:32 pm November 28, 2018
Last week, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital in New South Wales (NSW), Australia became the 17th Intensive Care Unit (ICU) across the state to replace paper charting with Electronic Record for Intensive Care (eRIC), which digitally integrates patient data from bedside monitors, ventilators and other specialised equipment every minute. With this latest go live, more than a third of NSW’s 44...

Photo via TKariotis on Twitter.

By Rebecca McBeth 12:17 am November 27, 2018
New Zealand’s Northern Region simulated a major cyberattack on its health system, saying it is a case of “when, not if” an attack will eventually occur. healthAlliance systems operations manager Simon Long presented at the HiNZ Conference 2018 in Wellington on 23 November on the mock incident, called ‘hot chilli’, which was run by the shared services agency....

Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad speaking at the Luncheon Talk at Menara Razak, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) on November 8, 2018. Credit: Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad's Facebook page.

By Dean Koh 10:34 pm November 25, 2018
“In order to improve the country's health service to a better level, the Ministry of Health is committed to ensuring that the electronic medical record system (EMR) can be realised within three years at 145 hospitals nationwide,” said Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. He spoke to the media after the Luncheon Talk at Menara Razak, Universiti...

Dr. David Levine (right), researcher and lead for Brigham and Women’s Home Hospital programme, speaking to a patient. (Credit: Brigham and Women’s Hospital via YouTube.)

By Dean Koh 09:48 pm November 22, 2018
Biofourmis, a Singapore-based health analytics platform, has entered into a collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, US to co-develop improvements to their proprietary analytics engine, Biovitals™ for Brigham’s Home Hospital Programme. Patients are cared for in their home instead of the hospital in Brigham’s Home Hospital Programme, with the aim of...

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