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Open heart surgery is not always the best option

Over servicing is unkind, unnecessary and unethical An eighty nine year old man ended up in the Emergency Department of his nearest hospital, gasping for air. Chest X Rays showed an accumulation of fluid in his lungs. Doctors diagnosed a widespread vessel disease, also called peripheral vascular disease, and regurgitation caused by a poorly functioning …

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Shark samples, Social ventures and SheStarts

Balancing the numbers of women in technology Last Tuesday evening, as the light faded to Autumn dusk, a group of women met in Melbourne. They had come to learn about Australia’s only accelerator program specifically run by women, for women called SheStarts. After drinks and informal introductions, four women who had previously completed the program …

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Fake, female entreprenuers

What does Elizabeth Holmes, Gwyneth Paltrow have in common? References Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop’s controversial health claims are coming to new Netflix show – ABC February 2019 The “World’s Most Trusted Airline” Has Enlisted Healthcare’s Least Trusted Celebrity – Forbes February 2019 Goodbye, Goop: 7 of Gwyneth Paltrow’s most ridiculous recommendations – The Telegraph January …

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Baby Boomers are Revolutionising Entrepreneurship

Using technology and entrepreneurship to find a new start in life What is the fastest growing age group of entrepreneurs?  Senior entrepreneurs, or people over the age of 50. The generation labelled ‘Baby Boomers’ have always done things differently. Encouraged by better nutrition and affordable education, they have always challenged authority and the ‘way things …

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Can technology help improve medication compliance?

‘Pill shaming’ instead of helping people stay out of hospitals Non compliance with medications is one of the most common topics to come up at health tech events, according to Syd Verma, the host of Peak15. In a report on medication adherence published in 2002, the World Health Organization stated that approximately 50% of people with …

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Three ways blockchain will reform healthcare

Eliminating errors, securely managing payments, at minimal cost “At the Melbourne Senior Entrepreneur meetup group on Wednesday 18th October, two guest speakers broke the topic down into layman’s language.” The guest speakers explained – How the current financial system works. How blockchain and cryptocurrency can solve bankings current problems. How health industry will benefit from …

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Praxhub – just what the Doctor ordered

A new networking and clinical education platform for Doctors Delia: Steve, you’re co-founder of Praxhub, a platform for doctors to share educational information and to network. Can you tell us a little bit about your company? Steve: Praxhub was founded in 2014. After several prototypes, we’ve launched an online platform, which is across web and …

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Elderly abused, while the government manipulates unemployment statistics

Disruptive students who can’t pass exams, are being qualified as aged care workers by some training providers The ‘nurse’ yanked a jacket violently over the elderly woman’s head, and slapped her in the face, repeatedly. Not content with that, she yelled hateful words in the woman’s ears. The elderly woman stood still. She was gripping …

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I’m not ‘old’, I’m you in 40 years

Rethinking Technology to make sure it is relevant for older people A group of entrepreneurs, nurses and aged care reformists crammed into the first floor of RMIT’s Activator space in Victoria Street, Melbourne last Tuesday. The event was called Rethinking Aged care Through Technology. The audience were looking for answers on how to reform the …

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Eight things you didn’t know about dentistry

A craft, vocation and small business all rolled into one Delia: Hi, I’d like to introduce Warren Antoff from Lifestyle Smiles. Warren, welcome to Wikihospitals. Warren: I’m glad to be here. Delia: What is your work history? Warren: I’m a dentist. I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2005. I’ve been working around Melbourne, …

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Three things you didn’t know about health technology

You are more likely to see a unicorn, than an Australian hospital using modern technology Some major hospitals are still running departments on DOS. Many Doctors and nurses are still using pagers Most clinics are still use paper records On a patients journey through a hospital, from the Ambulance to Emergency, the wards, then discharge, …

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Keeping workers safe with internet of things

Pioneering wearable stress monitoring devices for emergency workers Delia: I’d like to introduce Craig D’Souze, co-founder of Ion Systems. Craig, welcome to Wikihospitals. Craig D’Souza: Hi Delia, how are you? Good to be here. Delia: I’m very well. And pleased to have you on this show. Now Craig, you’re a serial entrepreneur, you’ve been involved with quite a …

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Staying in touch with Cliniq Apps

Social media style communication tools for modern physiotherapy clinics Delia: Good afternoon and welcome to Wikihospitals. I’d like to introduce you to Hassan Mounzer, the Director of Marketing and Growth at Cliniq Apps. Hassan Mounzer: Thank you for having me. Delia: I’d like to start with your work history. What is your background? Hassan Mounzer: I worked in …

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South Australian Accelerator brings technology to General Practitioners

A unique Accelerator program designed specifically to support technology services for GP’s Delia: I’d like to welcome Atif Majeed to Wikihospitals. Atif is the Senior Business Development Manager at GP Innoventures. Atif Majeed: Thanks, Delia. Thank you so much for having me. Delia: Now, let’s start with your work history. It’s quite interesting. You trained …

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Anxious parents and children at risk of sudden death

Parents of children with type one diabetes don’t sleep well When children are born, parents don’t foresee spending their nights waking up every two hours, to prick their child’s finger and test their blood sugar levels. Or face the terrifying reality, every time they drift back to sleep, that their precious child might die quietly …

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Staying engaged with Physitrack

Telehealth for physiotherapists Delia: I would like to introduce Marijn Kortekaas, the general manager for Physitrack. It’s a platform that promotes four key areas, which is fitness, exercises, fitness tracking, and tele-health. Is that correct? The four components to Physitrack Marijn: Yeah, more or less. Those are the four key components to Physitrack, so it’s …

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Making Lyfe easier for Doctors

No more ‘no shows’ from patients Delia: Dallas Mayne, welcome to Wikihospitals. Dallas: Oh, thank you. “Delia: To introduce you, Dallas, you’re the CEO and co-founder of Lyfe Group.” Delia: To introduce you, Dallas, you’re the CEO and co-founder of Lyfe Group. You run an online appointment and payment system for general practitioners and allied health …

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Meet MUVi the hospital cleaning robot

Killing hospital bacteria with ultraviolet light Delia: Good afternoon. I’m interviewing Murray MacDonald from Duplex Healthcare. Murray, welcome to Wikihospitals. Murray: Thank you very much, Delia. Delia: Murray is involved in the Melbourne Health Accelerator programme, and he has a great design, which involves UV light and robotics. Murray, I’ll ask you to explain your wonderful …

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The line between complementary and quackery

Complementary Alternative Therapies (CAM) were once laughed at by Western medical groups as scientific fraud. Today they are accepted as the norm by many members of the health industry, including some Doctors. However hard scientific evidence about the effectiveness of many of their products is often missing.  Alternative therapies are BIG business. Here are some …

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New models of care

An international health reform organisation comes to Melbourne The HealthXL event was held at the Murcock Children’s Research Institute, set in the Royal Children’s Hospital, Flemington Road Melbourne. HealthXL is an international organisation. Their aim is to resolve the most pressing healthcare problems through collaboration. Four main themes were covered on this day: New models …

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How to stand up to a Government Health Department – and win

Political promises, bureaucratic bungling and families fighting back The Phillips family are fighters. And winners. Indy was born with Rett’s syndrome, a cruel genetic disease that can cause physical deformities, seizures and life threatening cardiac arrest. When she was first diagnosed with the disease, Doctors said that Indy would not survive her childhood. Instead of accepting …

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Interview with David Lester

A better way to diagnose epilepsy Wikihospitals – Today I’m introducing David Lester from NIESM, an Australian entrepreneur. David, welcome to Wikihospitals.  David, perhaps you can give a brief overview of the product that you’re developing and how it can help people. David –  We’re focusing on providing solutions to help patients with epilepsy achieve better …

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Inadequate nursing levels in private clinics

There is sometimes a conflict of interest between business profits and clinical safety In one Australian private day clinic, patients were being pushed through theatre, late into the afternoon. Minor surgical procedures were being done, broken fingers fixed, colonoscopies, grommets placed in children’s ears. The patients were a mix of adults and children. The surgeon …

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“Let’s just prevent readmissions…”

With chatbots, gamification and combination drugs Last Tuesday’s meetup was dedicated to one of healthcare’s biggest problems. Over 50% of people prescribed medical treatments by their Doctor, do not complete their recommended plan. The cost of readmissions to hospitals for avoidable readmissions linked to non-compliance with medications, is estimated to be millions of dollars every …

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Opioid overdoses (especially in white, rural areas)

International Overdose Awareness Day started in Melbourne, Australia 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 community services and decided to hold a local event, handing out silver ribbons, to commemorate loved ones who had …

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The final pitches

Reforming healthcare for patients and families The final participants of the Melbourne Health Accelerator Program winter program, are those who’s end customer is ultimately the patient or their family. These are in some ways, the most disruptive startups. They don’t sell to big pharma, big hospitals or big governments. Their market is patients and carers. …

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Duplex and Adyuvo

Preventing hospital infections and integrating data for renal patients 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 offer. Contacts have been organised with senior clinical staff in the hospital to discuss …

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