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Clinical e-Audit for asthma management NPS MedicineWise has released the latest in its series of online clinical e-Audits, this one aimed at helping GPs to review how well their patients’ asthma is controlled. The online audit will help GPs to identify risk factors that may contribute to poor asthma outcomes, and includes asthma treatment for children and adolescents as well as adults. The clinical e-Audit follows recent survey findings that showed that over half of all respondents to a survey of adults with asthma said they had experienced symptoms in the past four weeks, including wheezing, breathlessness and night waking. The survey showed that 97 per cent of adults taking asthma medication are confident they are using their medicine correctly, with 57 per cent saying they’re ‘very confident’ in their inhaler technique. However, this does not match with figures from the Australian Asthma Handbook 2014, which reports that up to 90 per cent of Australians with asthma don’t use their inhaler correctly. “Many patients think and tell their doctor that they have their asthma under control, but we know that half of all people with asthma live with poor control of their condition and consider this to be normal,” NPS clinical adviser Andrew Boyden said. The new e-Audit allows GPs to review patients and how well their asthma is actually controlled, and then determine management based on regular review of asthma control. The asthma clinical e-Audit is recognised for the Practice Incentive Program of the Quality Prescribing Incentive. GPs can earn 40 RACGP CPD points or 30 ACRRM PRPD points for completing the activity.
Hills focuses on interactive technology for both acute and aged care Hills Health Solutions has added an exclusive distribution partnership for the Lincor range of interactive patient care technologies to its existing portfolio of IP and WiFi nurse call systems as part of its strategy to provide integrated solutions that underpin the delivery of care in hospitals and aged care. It might sound strange to those who have grown up with Hills and its iconic Hoist, but Hills has long been active in the technology sector, particularly in electronic and video security solutions, audio visual technology and communications and mobility.
Following an agreement to sell its steel manufacturing business to Bluescope last year, Hills has set out on a new path to diversify its markets, including a new venture into healthcare with Hills Health Solutions. For the past 18 months, the company has been scoping the Australian and New Zealand acute and aged care markets and has made some strategic purchases and distribution agreements that now position it as a major player in patient care delivery technologies. This includes the purchase last year of IP nurse call system specialist Merlon and related company Hospital Television Rentals
(HTR), and more recently the purchase of Questek, also a big player in WiFi and analogue nurse call systems, particularly in the aged care market. Hills has also secured an exclusive distribution agreement with MyLive!y, a range of home monitoring sensors that tracks a person’s activity and send alerts if a person does not take their medicine, leaves the house or opens the fridge door. Hills Health Solutions has now also added Lincor’s range to its portfolio, targeting both hospitals and aged care providers with its patient engagement technology, an integrated software and hardware