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Electronic prescriptions save lives: study 

Medication error has dropped in hospitals using e-prescribing technology. The use of electronic prescriptions can slash medication error rates in hospitals by up to two-thirds, new research suggests. A study by the University of NSW has found that prescribing errors ...

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Bridging the technical divide

New clinical informatics roles for nurses have the potential to transform IT in healthcare, writes Linda Belardi. As Victoria's first formally appointed Chief Clinical Information Officer, Jenny O'Brien says she's part of an emerging hybrid of clinical leaders straddling the ...

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Nurses to contribute to health policy

Nursing dean calls on the profession to break its policy silence, writes Linda Belardi. A ''virtual policy'' school to encourage the active involvement of nurses in public policy is to be established. The school will be an international collaboration between ...

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Virtual Reality

In a system of clinical placements already stretched to capacity simulated learning offers a new era in clinical education writes Joan Deegan and Karen-leigh Edward. Rapid advancement in technological innovation over the past decade has made simulated learning available for ...

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NSW waiting times go online

NSW residents have access to real-time information on the number of patients waiting in emergency departments. A website that shows updated information on waiting times at NSW emergency wards has gone live. Health minister Jillian Skinner said the website, which ...

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Nursing programs go online as research blossoms

Flexible methods of study are attracting a wider pool of future nurses. Natasha Egan reports. The future of university nursing programs will give students the flexibility to study online, fast-track their way to registration and get involved in research early ...

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Chameleon bandage helps wounds to heal

A smart bandage that changes colour when a wound becomes infected has been developed by Melbourne researchers. Melbourne researchers have developed smart bandages that change colour to reveal the state of the wound beneath. Their invention could reduce the $500 ...

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Specialists paid to embrace telehealth

Additional Medicare rebates for both the city specialist, and the healthcare worker physically with the patient. Medical specialists who provide videolink consultations to patients in remote areas will be paid a 50 per cent bonus in an effort to encourage ...

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