Holograms and virtual doctors in our medical future

Experts gather in Rotorua to discuss latest technological breakthroughs.

Clinicians clamour for collaborative ‘clinical cockpit’ app

A New Zealand-developed app is allowing simultaneous sharing of patient notes, tasks and secure instant messaging by care team members. Clinical nurse specialist Danielle Spencer and senior nurse Christine Baxter share why they're fans

Virtual clinics make their mark

Three nurses from diverse specialties share case studies of using telehealth technology to make life simpler for their patients.

New simulator for tricky neonatal surgery to be trialled

New Zealand surgeons are developing a tiny, life-like simulator so they can train to do a tricky piece of keyhole surgery on newborns.

Mobile surgical bus moving with the times

New Zealand's unique mobile surgical bus service is looking to incorporate new technologies.

Flexibility welcomed in InterRAI training

While there has been some controversy around the introduction of interRAI in New Zealand residential aged care facilities, St Andrew’s Village in Glendowie, Auckland, has discovered that a flexible approach to interRAI training has made all the difference.

Online GP service hopes to clear clogged system

A new online service hopes to put an end to spending hours in a doctor's waiting room.

Nurse teaches safe sleep through doll-play video

An innovative video created by a public health nurse introduces the safe sleep message to pre-schoolers through doll-play.

Don’t read what you don’t need

Patient privacy breaches have been hitting the headlines. The infamous ‘eel’ x-ray in Auckland led to staff dismissals, and spying on cricket star Jesse Ryder’s clinical notes resulted in four clinicians facing disciplinary action. Nurse-turned-lawyer ROBIN KAY looks at the legal and ethical issues for nurses around accessing patient records – particularly now that unauthorised reading of a file leaves an ‘electronic fingerprint’.

Newly-funded research targets mental health needs of Māori youth

A study will explore if an e-screening tool can increase the rate of mental health assessments in youth, and make it easier to disclose sensitive information.
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