Roundup: Regional Victoria gets medtech boost, RxOne to enhance pharmacy services in Gisborne, and more briefs

Clinicians in regional Victoria get medtech backing

The University of Melbourne is expanding to regional Victoria its acceleration programme for supporting early-stage venture creations by clinicians and hospital partners.

The 12-month Innovation Acceleration Program will be delivered in partnership with regional health network Bendigo Health. It seeks to engage regional healthcare staff to turn their ideas into commercially viable medical technology solutions for patients and healthcare providers.

According to a press statement, the programme will help clinicians get connected with a team of innovators, engineers, and manufacturers to collaborate in the creation of new medtech solutions, particularly technologies that support remote monitoring and at-home patient care. 

The A$260,000 partnership is supported by the Victorian Government through the Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre. 

HealthSoft’s RxOne to power pharmacy services in Gisborne

Horouta Pharmacy is enhancing health services delivery in the rural East Coast or Gisborne region by using HealthSoft’s RxOne pharmacy platform. 

The Gisborne-based pharmacy recently bagged a contract from Te Whatu Pra Tairawhiti for the delivery of East Coast rural pharmacy services. It plans to improve medication delivery through multiple remote depots and extend its digital connections and support for patients in rural areas. 

“The intent of this tender is to accelerate better health equity and health outcomes for rural Māori,” said Kevin Pewhairangi, co-owner of Horouta Pharmacy. 

“We are pleased to collaborate with HealthSoft to utilise their deep digital health experience and to extend their RxOne pharmacy platform so we can better reach and serve our whānau,” he added.

Wavelink adds Medigate to cybersecurity portfolio

Healthcare technology distributor Wavelink has signed a distribution partnership with Medigate by Claroty, a healthcare-focused cyber-physical systems protection platform.

According to Wavelink CEO Ilan Rubin, Medigate complements its existing health, mobility, and security offerings, adding significant value to its connected health business.

The Medigate medical device security and asset management platform offers visibility, protection, and threat detection across all cyber-physical systems in a healthcare environment. It has a centralised, risk-scored inventory that captures all medical IoMT, OT, IoT and IT systems, delivering a real-time, single source of truth for all connected devices.

Technology Users Association launches digital health group

The Technology Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) has introduced a new advocacy group to promote the rapid introduction of digital health services.

According to a news report, the new TUANZ Digital Health Consumer Advocacy Group gathers ordinary consumers who will work with the healthcare industry to accelerate the uptake of digital services, particularly those that relate to the customer interface like personal health records and telehealth. 

TUANZ chief executive Craig Young noted that the uptake of digitally-enabled health services in New Zealand has been slower compared to those in other sectors, such as banking, travel, and education.

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