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Healthcare | Legal

The ageing doctor – ethical and legal implications

Laying off a post-retirement-age doctor on the basis of their age is an offence under the Age Discrimination Act 2004. However, there are growing concerns that doctors practicing beyond 65-years of age may be more prone to mistakes, due to the age-related decline of various physical and cognitive faculties. As such, many experts have called…

22 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Managing complex pain in digital hospitals

Pain management in clinical settings is highly complex, and the digitisation of workflows in some Queensland Health hospitals - although popular across the board - has added an extra layer of complexity, according to Pharmacist IT Consultant, Deborah Boland. “When assessing pain and administering analgesia there are many variables to consider and criteria to satisfy”,…

13 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Insights into Denmark’s eHealth system

The rise of chronic disease, an ageing population and growing community expectations present some challenging conditions, in which the Australian healthcare sector must not only survive, but thrive. Delivering sustainable, patient-centred and cost-effective healthcare in this environment, will require a series of paradigmatic shifts over the coming decades – including a move from ‘illness’ to…

4 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

The future of health

Global health care spending is projected to increase at an annual rate of 5.4 percent in 2018-2022, a considerable rise from 2.9 percent in 2013-2017. Aging and growing populations, the greater prevalence of chronic diseases, and exponential advances in innovative, but costly, digital technologies continue to grow health care demand and expenditures. Health care stakeholders—providers,…

17 Dec 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Queensland Health’s digital health journey

In 2012, Queensland Health began its digital health journey which has seen the digital reinvention of nine Queensland Health hospitals – with many more earmarked for renewal as the scheme is rolled out across the State. The transformation included the launch of the integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) – distinct from a standard electronic medical…

14 Dec 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Medical negligence in Ireland | a surge in cancer screening litigation 

Two names that are known to everyone in Ireland are those of Vicky Phelan and Emma MhicMhathúna. In April 2018, Ms. Phelan, terminally ill with cervical cancer, brought forward a case before the High Court in Ireland; shortly followed by Ms. MhicMhathúna, who is now deceased as a result of the disease. Ms. Phelan, a…

1 Nov 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Turning discoveries into therapeutics

The world of bioscience is not short of academic literature. Every year hundreds, if not thousands, of research papers make their way into scientific journals - yet the vast majority of these progress no further. Ahead of the Bio Connections Australia conference we spoke with Glenn Begley of BioCurate to discuss why this may be.…

19 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

From binary to bedside: bridging the implementation gap in medical AI

Another day, another academic paper highlighting the performance of a new machine learning tool for healthcare. But despite the cascades of literature, the vast majority of these AI innovations never make it into routine clinical practice. Why? Ahead of the AI, Machine Learning and Robotics in Health Summit, we spoke with Dr. Martin Seneviratne, Digital…

4 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Infrastructure

Smarter hospitals: building better healthcare for the future

“The hospital of the future may not be one we recognise today. It will be connected, integrated and patient-centred – some may not even have walls”, Deloitte Partner Luke Baxby said ahead of his speech at the National Hospital Infrastructure Summit. The change will largely be driven by advances in medical and information technology enabling…

2 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Prediction in fear: AI in healthcare

Disruptive technologies, AI and machine learning can be powerful tools to drive better health outcomes. But in a fear-based economy, the AI-enabled predictions need to be fully understood within the context of each individual person and their circumstances, MedicalDirector's CEO, Matthew Bardsley discusses ahead of the AI, Machine Learning & Robotics in Health Conference. “Universally,…

28 Sep 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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