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Cloud Adoption and eHealth

Cloud Adoption and eHealth


When we talk about Cloud Adoption, we’re not referring to taking dark and stormy clouds under our wing for some TLC.

Within the information cloud lies the future of health and it’s time to familiarise yourself with Cumulus Technologia.

Why? Because clinical environments not yet ready to adopt new technology may be left hanging in a cloudless sky, adrift in the infinite blue with nothing to hang their patient data on but paper-based records.

This article from Rob Khamas at Rend Tech Associates published in Pulse+IT Magazine urges health practices to embrace cloud based technology - to find that silver lining, learn all there is to learn about it and make the cloud part of your daily practice.

Thanks for Pulse+IT Magazine for publishing yet another excellent article and for their ongoing support for health practitioners everywhere in navigating the eHealth space. Reach for the sky and keep on going…

Read the article here 



And in case you feel like listening to some ambient cloud music - here’s the Orb with Little Fluffy Clouds


To Lead People, Walk Behind Them

To Lead People, Walk Behind Them

We are pleased to have as our guest blogger this week: GP, Edwin Kruys.

To Lead People, Walk Behind Them

Support for family medicine will reduce the cost and burden of disease. Just listen to what
some GPs have to say.

Queensland GP Dr Ewen McPhee tweeted the following message when he attended the
recent WONCA Global Family Doctor Conference in Prague:

“Chronic diseases is principal health burden, family GPs manage 95% of health problems
absorbing only 5% of the health budget ”

UK GP and Chair of the RCGP Dr Clare Gerada posted this on Twitter:

“Health systems based on strong primary care, which includes strong family medicine, are the
most efficient, equitable and cost-effective.”

All GPs know this, but they should be shouting it from the rooftops because politicians seem
to forget that investing in primary care will pay off in the long run.

Before introducing new health policies, governments should do two things:
1. Research the need for change (business case)
2. Research the support from health providers (stakeholder support)

This sounds simple, but too often changes are made because “they seemed like a good idea
at the time” and nobody bothered to consult the people on the work floor.

The PCEHR is a good example. There was never a business case for this project, and
nobody asked what clinicians needed to make their jobs easier.

This week, Pulse+IT magazine announced that NEHTA intends to start a ‘Clinical Steering Committee”
to make the eHealth records system more useful and usable for clinicians and consumers.
This of course should have happened years ago. It’s like building an expensive car, and when
you’re about to finish it, asking the driver what kind of vehicle he would have preferred. In this
case the driver wants a safer car. A few more control buttons to make things easier would’ve
been nice too.

But guess what? It’s too late now, because the car has been built already.

A recent online poll by Australian Doctor magazine found that 58% of GPs will never take part
in the PCEHR and will not be promoting its use to patients. It’s a shame because eHealth has
many potential advantages, especially for family medicine. The majority of doctors clearly
prefer to take the train, instead of using a brand new car that was never really designed for

It is going to be a challenge for the government to change this around.
Sadly, Minister of Health Tanya Plibersek simply declined to comment on the poll.
Instead she announced another multimillion-dollar cash injection in the PCEHR.

In supporting family medicine, Minister Plibersek would do well to follow the sage advice of Lao Tzu:

“To lead people, walk behind them.”

Dr Edwin Kruys is a GP who blogs at


Follow him on Twitter @EdwinKruys