20 SEPTEMBER, 2017 Medication non compliance Preventable readmissions Charbots and Avatars Peak15 is a Melbourne-based digital health reform group. They run monthly events on meetup, bringing together tech entrepreneurs, health professionals, community groups and...
17 SEPTEMBER, 2017 Chronic unemployment Poor education Dispair Addiction The 31st of August is International Overdose Awareness Day. This movement originated 16 years ago in Melbourne, Australia. Sally Finn and Peter Streker were working in drug rehabilitation and...
11 AUGUST, 2017 Neuro rehab using Virtual Reality From Germany to Australia with Intensive Care Giving Carers a Voice The final participants of the Melbourne Health Accelerator Program winter program, are those who's end customer is ultimately the patient or their...
19 JULY, 2017 Ultra Violet light Robots Home monitoring Patient driven care The winter Melbourne Health Accelerator program is over half way through it's Winter curriculum. The pitches are much more focused and clear about who the customer is, and what the product can...
21 JULY, 2017 Emergency Departments Bed management Health startups I'd like to introduce Paul Rylands from JKM care solutions. Paul, you've developed a wonderful tool to help doctors give their patients the care that they need to help hospitals manage their workload...
27 JUNE, 2017 Digital diagnosis Clinical validation Commercialisation As part of Melbourne Health Research week, the event 'Take this app and call me in the morning: The future of digital health technology prescribing' was held in the function centre of the Royal...
Reforming hospitals from the inside out. Australia’s first health startup accelerator, situated inside the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The 2017 Melbourne Health Accelerator Program has begun.
An abandoned Intensive Care Unit becomes a Startup Incubator
At a recent Peak15 meetup, aged care providers showed more interest in quality of life for their elderly clients than trendy technology. They also passion for their work and a commitment for ongoing reform.
Melbourne Health Accelerator Program startups up in May 2017
Agnes Health was named after the feisty daughter of the first Governor of Victoria. A recent event was advice on how to become a successful entrepreneur.
23 FEBRUARY 2017 Intensive Care Research New models of care Last night Peak 15 held their first meetup for 2017 at the Alfred Medical Education and Research Precinct. The topic was The Bits ‘n’ Bytes of IntensiveCare: Data That Matters! The first speaker was David...
The key to good rural and Indigenous health is internet-based records, good coordination and staying focused on community-based care.
Health Delivered shows the future of health software When Pete Saunders finished his Masters of Visual Communications and Graphics Arts at the University of Tasmania in 2010, he didn’t realise it would lead him to forming a health startup, connecting dietitians and...
Convergency Science Network and HealthTech promote Australian Health Startups.
Aged care problems and startup solutions were discussed at the latest Peak15 meetup.
A great workshop was held today at Lab 14, 700 Swanston Street Carlton. There were 11 health startups presenting their pitch, 60 odd people listening, providing advice and support. Health Delivered is a cloud-based platform that consultations with dieticians,...
The fragmentation of data is what keeps the health industry so over priced and error prone.
The injury rate of health care errors is estimated to be 9 times the road toll. Yet there is no transparency or accountability.
Health startups cost a fraction of traditional, bricks and mortar services. They offer more accurate data. And they are customer, or patient focused.
1 MAY, 2014 Surgeons who own clinics they operate in Day surgeries with high turn over Children and anaesthetics Conflict of interest between business profits and clinical safety In an Australian private day clinic, patients were being pushed through theatre, late...
1 MAY, 2014 Lack of honesty about end of life Profits put before patients outcomes Intensive Care death A conflict of interest between large profits from performing acute surgery and patients with end of life conditions, can lead to terrible outcomes. An elderly man...
Abuse is more common that most people realise. Aged care training courses are paid to accept AND pass students, no matter how unsuitable they are. The health bureaucracy blocks complaints and hides information on reported errors. The victims are elderly and frail patients.
Australia has the third highest out of pocket medical costs in the western world.
Good clinical standards require transparency about errors and accepting new procedures when they give better outcomes.
Large health purchasers like governments pay lower prices for health care products. Small, private companies pay far more.
False economics means cutting funding for the basics and paying more in the long term.
Hospital waiting lists can be manipulated, according to a range of sources.
Medical errors are now believed to be the third largest cause of death in the USA, after cancer and cardiovascular disease
Rheumatic heart disease is a deadly yet easily preventable disease.
Instead of using technology to make hospitals safer and more efficient, bureaucrats are tying people up with red tape.
A severe infection after cardiac surgery was ignored. Sutures were incorrectly removed. The private patient was left with the bill.
Drugs with well known side effects are still being given to young women, who are trying to fall pregnant.
Is there different medical treatments being given to patients depending on whether they have private insurance or not?
Australians receive “appropriate” health care in only 57 % of medical consultations. Fragmented records, stressed staff and over servicing are linked.
87% of relatives support the use of closed circuit tv in nursing homes. We all need to face the issues of elder abuse, and seek out solutions.
Australian patients are denied access to information about prior complaints, restrictions on practice or Coroner’s reports.
8,000 people may die every year in hospitals from hospital errors Australia. So why don’t we have a national reporting system?
Hospitals should not take unnecessary risks by cutting nursing staff in critical areas like Recovery.
Better nursing assessments and cheap blood tests could help pick up potential hospital errors.
Small hospitals and chemotherapy protocols don’t always mix well. Unqualified nursing staff and a lack of medical standards can lead to problems.
Hospitals that cut back on nurses education run the risk of increasing their incidence of errors.
Bad discharge planning and poor patient education is often linked to unnecessary emergency department readmission.
Sometimes keeping people comfortable and dignified, is better than aggressive medical intervention that has a small chance of success.
Having a mental illness should not mean being homeless and bullied by thugs. We need long term community housing.
An elderly man was admitted to a private nursing home. One month later he was dead. After five years of investigations, no one has been held accountable.
‘Best Practice’ has no legal status. Clinical standards and staffing levels can vary substantially from one hospital to another.
Medication errors and poor handovers often go hand in hand. Patients suffer unnecessarily. But hospitals are never forced to change.
This women presented with an exacerbation of multiple sclerosis, to the nearest Emergency. She was left for 12 hours in pain, with no plan and no review.
What are homeless, psychiatric patients doing in Intensive Care beds? Some road trauma patients are really psych patients left without community services.
Morbid obesity and surgery don’t mix. Patients should be made aware of the dangers of poor healing, and be encouraged to lose weight before major surgery.
Stroke patients should never miss out on essential treatments, because of mix ups in busy Emergency departments. We need better monitoring systems.
Delayed treatment for a broken limb can lead to unnecessary complications.
Is sexism in surgery linked to the broader issue of bullying in hospitals? And how to we support junior staff to feel safe and well supported in hospitals?
Some heart attacks are a long time coming. Uncoordinated paper medical records, family history ignored and ignored medical advice can be deadly.
Books on medical ethics, hospital errors and modern technology.
Australians have courage. Especially under fire. Gallipoli is one example. Whistle blowers are another.
Wikileaks exposes secretive trade deals between governments and big business. It looks as though we may all be paying more, not less for pharmaceuticals.
A number of high quality Australians write about healthcare, funding and the power of political lobbyists.
Roadblocks to reform
28 SEPTEMBER, 2017 Poor Return On Investment Excessive hype A broken funding system 'Digital health tech is dead' announced Rob Coppedge, CEO of Echo Health Ventures in a post on the 6th September 2017. Rob has more than 20 years of experience in health care venture...
It’s time to stop wasting money on over priced medical goods and inefficient services. Form a cooperative of startups to drive reform.
Covering up violence with politically correct phrases or layers of bureaucracy, only perpetuates it.
Australians lose billions of dollars every year, while unions and multinational corporations thwart health reform.
Dissatisfaction with out of pocket costs and private hospitals is rising.
The ability to die at home, in a peaceful, pain free manner is a basic human right.
The health industries problems relate to poor use of technology. Pharmacy departments in some public hospitals still run on DOS.
It’s time to replace over priced and error-prone hospitals with well-run community services.
Why do so few nurses become whistleblowers, while most turn a blind eye to bad situations?
The health industry is the largest employer in Australia. Yet there are no incentives to reduce costs and raise standards.
The health industry should learn from English history. Henry VIIIth sacked the Catholic Church. A powerful industry is not the leader of a country.
Australian needs an honest conversation about over servicing, fraud and waste. 150 billion a year is an outrageous amount of money to lose every year.
Modern day death is an intersection of powerful forces. Money obsessed hospitals. Religious lobby groups. Fearful politicians. And an ageing population.
A court case is pending in Canada, to open up government health services to private companies.
We need more accountability, less secrecy and a greater involvement of patients and health professionals in the actual running of hospitals.
Most people who fall ill, just want to be taken care of in an efficient and caring manner. Hospital profits are the last thing on their minds.
Few Australians are brave enough to talk about the millions being made from healthcare over servicing and over charging.
The British National Health Service, long held up as an example of cost effective healthcare is being ‘put up for tender’.
It’s time to stop the cliche’s about ‘not enough hospital beds’. And start looking at the wrong care being given to the wrong patient at the wrong time.
American pharmacy startups have joined big pharma’s outrageous price markups. What happened to customer focused, tech savvy, low cost innovation?
Private hospitals continue demanding their right to receive money that is not linked to outcomes.
As private healthcare spreads, medical specialists fees soar, over servicing rises, yet patients get less care. Why keep following this model?
The bill for health services reflects the power balance between seller and buyer. Not the actual production costs. This is the health funding paradox.
Hospital safety scores are kept hidden from Australian patients. Lazy politicians and a timid media ignore the consequences.
Australian patients are going into hospital blind to health costs and quality. Meanwhile, USA and UK patients can access high quality data.
Overseas, the health transparency movement is growing. US and UK sites now expose the cost and quality of different hospitals. When will Australia catch up?
Governments and private insurers are struggling with hospitals. These powerful institutions are driving up costs while resisting transparency and reform.