27
Sep 18

Challenges to Implementing Big Data in Hospitals

Author:Ash Natesh

The opportunities for Big Data are great and wide ranging in the healthcare sector, the challenges especially in Australia are also as such. Big Data Techniques require data to be captured, stored, analysed and linked. But the current Australian healthcare policies faces challenges in enabling big data to realise its potential benefits according to the … Continue reading Challenges to Implementing Big Data in Hospitals

14
Sep 18

Are the Low-Value procedures worth your hospital’s reputation?

Author:Ash Natesh

Clinical Procedures likely to have little to no benefit are still being performed in Australian hospitals. Not only wasting resources like bed days that could be freed up for more needy patients; But also taxpayers dollars in the million. A landmark study led by professor Adam Elshaug of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at … Continue reading Are the Low-Value procedures worth your hospital’s reputation?

07
Sep 18

Takeaways from the Improving Hospital Safety & Security Conference

Author:Ash Natesh

The Hospital Safety and Security Conference focused on Collaborating and communicating across departments to transform ethos & safety culture, Smashing the stigma to promote staff well-being & post-incident support, Encouraging staff reporting of incidents to drive data & inform funding and Breaking out of silos to encourage interdisciplinary & inter agency partnerships. Dr Michael Tervit, … Continue reading Takeaways from the Improving Hospital Safety & Security Conference

07
Aug 18

Collecting and linking data the right way

Author:Ash Natesh

“Australia currently has no system for identifying and addressing provision of inappropriate care in hospitals”- Stephen Duckett Data should be collected not just for storage, but to be used by policy makers. The patterns, trends and insights generated should be used to improve service delivery. Stephen Duckett along with his colleagues created the My Health Record, … Continue reading Collecting and linking data the right way

17
Nov 16

NSW Emergency Departments have the shortest waiting times despite having the most patients

A new Emergency Department care 2015–16 statistics report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has just been released and states that NSW Emergency Departments have the shortest waiting times despite having the most patients. You can download a copy of the report here  Some of the statistics revealed include: In 2015–16, there were 7.5 million … Continue reading NSW Emergency Departments have the shortest waiting times despite having the most patients

15
Sep 16

Healthcare innovation is not just about ICT

Implementation of software into healthcare environments is inherently difficult, and it’s not just about the ICT. Acknowledged pain points include poor clinician engagement, lack of a patient-centric view, misalignment with clinical and administrative workflows, lack of recognition of patient needs, inadequate visibility of clinical guideline requirements and poor integration with other IT systems. Emerging visual patient … Continue reading Healthcare innovation is not just about ICT

16
Aug 16

Reducing unnecessary Emergency Department medical testing at Box Hill hospital

Unnecessary medical testing has been shown to be rife in modern medicine, with estimates in the literature typically in the range of 20-25%. This has also been shown to be a problem that isn’t going away, with most clinical laboratories experiencing 5 to 10% increases in workload each year. In recognition of this, Eastern Health … Continue reading Reducing unnecessary Emergency Department medical testing at Box Hill hospital

04
Aug 16

Brave decisions required to address affordability of private health cover

Private health insurance is integral to the success of Australia’s health system. More than 13 million Australians have some form of private health insurance. Recent research shows that 80 per cent of health fund members value their PHI because it gives them security, confidence they can access medical treatment when and where they need it. … Continue reading Brave decisions required to address affordability of private health cover