Digital health technology, such as electronic health records, is believed to enhance patient-centred care, improve integrated care and ensure financially sustainable health care.
Digital health can improve care, but in Ontario, health data are still fragmented, despite billions of dollars spent over the last two decades to enable fast and secure exchange of health information.
Another use for your smartphone, this time to present to the pharmacists rather than a paper prescription.
Olga W Boeva/Shutterstock
LGBTQ people and organisations may be significantly impacted by the pandemic.
Lack of technology infrastructure is a barrier to mobile healthcare in Nigeria
Stefan Heunis/AFP via Getty Images
Mobile technology has great potential to improve healthcare in Nigeria but government must provide regulatory framework.
Going for a run… with big data.
The use of online health platforms is on the rise, allowing us to track and share our personal data. While such platforms have promise, significant scientific, ethical and privacy questions remains.
Monaco and Japan have some of the highest life expectancies in the world. But calculating an individual’s life expectancy will require taking data analysis several steps further.
Predicting life expectancy remains in the realm of science fiction, but it may soon be possible. Are we prepared for such information? And who else would benefit from this knowledge?
Remote workers, particularly in the fields of mining and construction, are at greater risk of mental health problems. And accessing quality mental health care can be difficult for them.
Participants of both virtual reality-based and Skype-based therapy sessions voted greatly in favour of using VR, reporting high levels of engagement and realism.
Queensland Health’s current electronic medical records system is what you could call a “monolithic” system, meaning it’s an all-in-one system designed by one company. Such systems may not be the best option for the health sector’s future.
Past upgrades to the state’s medical record system have cost tremendous amounts of money, and on at least one occasion, forced clinicians to revert to paper-based methods.
Sulfur pollution causes respiratory health problems.
Hung Chung Chih/Shutterstock.com
Sulfur contaminates gasoline and coal, and when these fuels are burned, sulfur dioxide is emitted, causing pollution and respiratory issues. Now there may be a new, cheaper way to remove it.
Few health care professionals are currently tapping into smarthpone data to inform clinical decisions, but it could help.
If you carry your smartphone with you everywhere, then the data it tracks could provide a comprehensive picture of your health – and alert you if it begins to deteriorate.
Most hospitals have a mix of paper and digital records.
If you’re opting out of My Health Records, you’re opting in to “business as usual”. Here’s what the current system looks like.
Health information is an attractive target for offenders.
Concerns about the scheme have prompted some Australians – including Liberal MP Tim Wilson and former Queensland premier Campbell Newman – to opt out.
My Health Records were a big government investment, but they’re just not being used.
Will the My Health Record help people with communication difficulties share their health information across health providers?
Long walk to fitness.
Fitness devices like Fitbit set an automatic goal of 10,000 steps a day. But this isn’t the magic threshold some make it out to be.
Billions were expected to be saved from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – but surprisingly the budget only outlines $252 million in savings.
The big surprise about this year’s health budget was what wasn’t there – billions of dollars in expected savings from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Australians will have to opt out of the new system.
Despite A$485 million of rescue funding, there is no guarantee health professionals will participate in the e-health scheme, nor that the information supplied will be complete.
The good, the bad and the ugly on the web.
Web by Shutterstock
Health is one of the biggest topics searched for on the web, yet despite its importance a large portion of this information is inaccurate, anecdotal or biased. According to Pew Research, 72% of internet…
Telstra is seeking a new type of connection with its customers.
Australian telecommunications company Telstra has this week announced its intentions to significantly develop its health business. The latest addition to its portfolio of health services will come through…
Google knows if you’re pulling a sickie.
You donate gigabytes of valuable data to Google every day. Your browsing history, search results, and gmail behaviour as well as the countless smartphone apps which monitor your movements and personal…
If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that this is not a fixable problem.
Image from shutterstock.com
Federal health minister Peter Dutton has commissioned a review of Labor’s troubled Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) project. It’s unclear whether the review committee is to decide…