Monthly Archives: November 2017

Recording the right code — diagnosis, procedure, medication — can be simple. With fast, incremental search, and context-specific result ordering Ontoserver puts SNOMED CT, AMT, LOINC, and FHIR-based CodeSystems at your fingertips. Available under licence from the CSIRO’s Australian eHealth Research Centre. More information about Ontoserver and AEHRC other terminology tools.

Musculoskeletal Segmentation In 2001, 6.1 million Australians (32%) had long-term arthritis or a musculoskeletal disorder with almost 1.2 million reporting an associated disability (Bhatia 2005). Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis affecting nearly 1.4 million Australians and a major cause of chronic pain and disability (Bhatia 2005). This chronic joint disease is […]

The challenge: Access to eye screening is needed in remote communities Left undiagnosed and untreated, eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy can lead to vision loss or total blindness. For patients suffering from these diseases, losing some or all of their eyesight can severely restrict mobility which has flow-on effects to their overall health and quality […]

The challenge: Uptake of cardiac rehab is poor Health services in the home and community are seen globally as a key to tackling the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. In the case of heart disease, cardiac rehabilitation programs have been effective in preventing the recurrence of cardiac events and reducing re-admissions. These six-week programs traditionally take […]

The challenge: The cost of delivering healthcare is increasing Managing the rising cost of delivering healthcare is a major challenge for Australia. Targeting health services to assist the chronically ill and ageing population – which accounted for over 70 per cent of Australia’s $103.6 billion health expenditure during 2007-2008 – can help to reduce the […]

The challenge: Adopting the international standard for healthcare data Electronic management of health information promises safer, more efficient and better quality healthcare. However, different health records often use various terms to describe the same medical concept. This creates a major stumbling block when it comes to integrating this data electronically. Australia has joined many other […]

The challenge: Emergency wards are overcrowded Emergency departments are increasingly overcrowded and can struggle to respond to day-to-day arrivals in a timely manner. Most hospitals would currently have difficulty meeting the four-hour National Emergency Access Target set by the Australian Government in its 2012 MyHospitals report. Contrary to conventional wisdom that emergency patient volumes are […]

The challenge: Incompatible health data Australia’s health care system faces many challenges. One is the increasing demand for clinical information to be shared between individual health practitioners, health care provider organisations and state/territory health departments. Patient data is often captured in disparate electronic systems, different formats, and described using different clinical terminologies or “languages”. This […]