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‘Paradigm shift’ patient portal takes out Health IT award

An online appointment platform took out the New Zealand Health IT Innovation award announced at the recent Health Informatics New Zealand conference. The Vensa.com innovation by New Zealand health software company Vensa Health was one...

Don’t read what you don’t need

Patient privacy breaches have been hitting the headlines. The infamous ‘eel’ x-ray in Auckland led to staff dismissals, and spying on cricket star Jesse Ryder’s clinical notes resulted in four clinicians facing disciplinary action. Nurse-turned-lawyer ROBIN KAY looks at the legal and ethical issues for nurses around accessing patient records – particularly now that unauthorised reading of a file leaves an ‘electronic fingerprint’.

App of the month: FoodSwitch

FoodSwitch - Health Navigator review of a NZ-developed nutrition app that helps people find out more about the food products available on their local supermarket shelf. 

Patients and PJs: an unhealthy relationship

Getting hospital patients out of their pyjamas and into clothes has became a worldwide social media-led movement. FIONA CASSIE finds out about #endPJparalysis and the Christchurch nurse leader behind it.

Pharmacists celebrate change on way to mark World Pharmacists Day

Pharmacists have been an 'untapped' health resource but this will change with the Pharmacy Action Plan, says Pharmaceutical Society president Graeme Smith to mark World Pharmacists Day.

Public health partnership for first housing WOF and app

Wellington's introducing a voluntary rental housing WOF, as well as a free app to let tenants check the quality of their house for themselves, reports New Zealand Herald. Check out the WOF standards below.

Two health winners in Hi-Tech Awards

An innovation growing of the Canterbury quake that allows nurses, doctors and pharmacists to electronically share a patient's care record was a winner at the recent Hi-Tech Awards.

Obesity awareness: childhood growth charts go electronic

South Island children's growth records have gone electronic. And also on the way is a mobile interactive growth chart to help parents monitor whether their child's growth is healthy or unhealthy.

E-health innovator finalists announced

Three e-health companies and three students using IT to improve health care have been announced as finalists in awards to be presented at the annual innovation awards in November.

Surviving a DHB IT meltdown

What do you do when your IT system crashes, leaving two hospitals and a community service without access to electronic health records, emails, the internet, voicemail… FIONA CASSIE talks to Lakes DHB director of nursing and midwifery Gary Lees about leading the way through a DHB IT crisis.
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