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I couldn’t afford an EMR so I bought a robot

Something is going wrong when a manager running a major Australian hospital information systems looks at buying a hospital-wide electronic medical records (EMR) system then decides instead to buy a surgical robot for one of their busy theatres.

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Brexting: smartphone addiction & babies

In a now-famous experiment in the 1970s, mothers were asked to sit across from their seated infants, but instead of saying “hello”, smiling or cooing, the mothers were told to remain expressionless and unresponsive.

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PMS cloud dilemma for GPs

A couple of months ago the announcement that patient cloud management system start-up MediRecords had won the contract to replace the PMS of visiting doctors in Queensland Health who also practise privately, seemed to pass with little fanfare.

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MHR: It’s a matter of trust

“All humans have three lives: public, private and secret.” – Gabriel Garcia Marques

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Why a country GP is opting out of MHR

The issue of the MyHealthRecord has been troubling me. I lack the eloquence to express my concerns sometimes, so please bear with me.

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Self driving cars, doctors, moose & EMRs

Drivers are distracted klutzes and computers could obviously do better. Self-driving cars will make all of us safer on the road.

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Why telehealth still has a long way to go

Seven years after specialists were granted rebates for remote telehealth consultations, rural GPs hope their time has finally arrived to break the access barrier for patients in the bush.

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Getting off health databases not easy

Since the period for opting out of My Health Record began on July 16, experts in health, privacy and IT have raised concerns about the security and privacy protections of the system, and the legislation governing its operation.

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10 awkward questions about the MHR

The MHR opt out launched on Monday to a raft of consumer media interviews which reveal a disturbing lack of understanding of some key issues underlying the project.

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Mental health apps off piste

The messages embedded in popular mental health apps may be alienating and burdening people experiencing significant psychological difficulties, while medicalising the normal ups and downs of life, researchers say.

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