Feds extend telehealth MBS items for six months, remove bulk-billing requirement

The federal government has agreed to extend the temporary MBS item numbers for telehealth introduced in March to combat the coronavirus pandemic for another six months. While bulk-billing will still be available it will be voluntary, with medical and allied health practices able to apply their regular fees. Subsidised...

International health IT week in review: September 20

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending September 20: Patient dies after ransomware attack, GOSH gets HIMSS Stage 7, Singapore's Apple Watch health deal, patient want their health data, US telehealth expansion, tech for Scottish care homes, Wales data leak,...

MedAdvisor launches first ePrescription functionality in mobile app

ASX-listed medications adherence app vendor MedAdvisor has launched new electronic prescription functionality in its app, with a roll-out ready to start in Victoria followed by the rest of the country. The new functionality will allow eScript tokens to be tapped into MedAdvisor and automatically...

South Island live with regional advance care planning progress notes

Healthcare professionals will be able to record advance care planning (ACP) progress notes within the South Island's HealthOne and Health Connect South clinical information systems to allow them to document ACP conversations with patients and share them electronically. The ACP progress note is an...

Software vendors left scrambling as MBS changes for cardiac services rushed through

Medical software vendors and health funds were left scrambling over the weekend as the Department of Health hurried through changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule for cardiac imaging services, with one vendor complaining they were only given one day's notice before the update came into...

Mental health assessment platform for consumers to gauge pandemic effects

Health informatics and analytics firm Pulse Infoframe has launched a COVID-19 pandemic mental health assessment platform in Australia, aimed at assisting consumers to manage their mental health and monitor the short-term and long-term effects of the pandemic. The free tool is based on Pulse...

Apple adds blood oxygen sensors to Apple Watch Series 6

Apple has added to the health capabilities of its Watch models with a new feature that measures the user's blood oxygen saturation and is linked to its Health app to allow users to track trends over time. While Apple says measurements taken with the...

Public health labs partner with Illumina for national COVID-19 tracking system

The public health laboratories that are part of the Communicable Disease Genomics Network (CDGN) have partnered with US genomic sequencing system vendor Illumina to set up a national COVID-19 tracking system. The laboratories – including the Peter Doherty Institute in Melbourne, Westmead Hospital, UNSW...

Private equity firm to buy Auslab owner Citadel Group for $503m

The directors of ASX-listed Citadel Group are supporting a bid from private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) to buy out the company for $503.1 million. Citadel Group's healthcare division Citadel Health markets the Evolution laboratory information system, previously known as Auslab, along with...

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