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Healthcare technology and data security are critical in today’s rapidly evolving landscape. Recent news underscores just how vital these topics are. From a data breach at Diabetes WA to the expansion of Te Whatu Ora’s My Health Record platform, there are significant stories that impact the healthcare sector. In this blog, let’s delve into these updates to understand what they mean for both patients and healthcare providers.

In addition, we’ll discuss how you can protect your email from phishing and other cyber threats using enterprise spam filters. These filters are designed to block unwanted emails, reduce spam, and safeguard your sensitive information from hackers. With healthcare data being a prime target for cyberattacks, it’s essential to stay ahead of the curve in security practices.

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Diabetes WA Reports Data Breach

Diabetes WA, the peak body for diabetes in Western Australia, has disclosed a data breach involving unauthorised access to personal information of some of its contacts. The information accessed by hackers may include name, address, birth date, email, telephone number, marital status, Aboriginal status, Medicare number, referring doctor, and type of diabetes. Following this breach, Diabetes WA advised affected individuals to apply for a replacement Medicare number and assured that detailed medical records or clinical information were not accessed. The organisation is taking steps to strengthen its technology security measures to prevent future attacks.

My Health Record Enables Access to National Health Index

Te Whatu Ora recently announced an expansion of its My Health Record platform, allowing users to view and update details of their National Health Index (NHI), High Use Health Card, and Community Services Card. The platform provides a secure and centralised access point for personal health information. Michael Dreyer, Te Whatu Ora Digital Channels sector director, emphasized that the update empowers consumers to proactively determine their identity information, including ethnicity and gender. In the future, more features will be added to My Health Record, enabling users to access current and past medications and lab results.

NSW Ambulance Seeks Dispatch Support Solution

NSW Health is seeking a dispatch decision support system for NSW Ambulance to improve the management of ambulance dispatch and deployment across the state. This move is part of a broader effort to enhance technological capabilities in emergency services. Recent technological advancements include a mobile emergency alert and dispatch app, a cardiac notification platform, and upgrades to the radio network.

SA Endoscopic Hospital Digitises Patient Pathway

Northern and Southern Endoscopy, South Australia’s first standalone endoscopic day hospital, has transitioned to a digital patient pathway system with the implementation of Personify Care. This platform has streamlined preadmission processes, allowing patients to complete health assessments online and enabling staff to monitor risk status on a dashboard. The automation of triage and digital confirmations has significantly reduced the administrative burden and saved time for nursing and administrative tasks. According to Kelly Carpenter, administration manager, over nine in 10 patients are confirming their appointments via the digital pathway platform, indicating a successful adoption of the technology.

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