“The first 90 per cent of the code accounts for the first 90 per cent of the development time. The remaining 10 per cent of the code accounts for the other 90 per cent of the development time.”

- Tom Cargill, Bell Labs

Read more: Slowly but surely comes the PCEHR

Grete long cures note in folio/ shorter common cures that come or send in half side or quarto/ note visiting cuers in a manuell" Thus wrote Dr Barker in early 17 century England advising his colleagues on the way to record medical treatments. It was early days in Western medical data management and the routine recording of a patient's clinical details was a long way off. 

Read more: Trust me I'm a... data manager

In late 2012 it was reported that the Gold Coast’s Miami Family Medical Centre had been the subject of an internet extortion attempt, said to have been unsuccessful although police and IT support companies spent some time analysing the incident. 

This appears to be the first recording of a new type of ‘malware infection’ for Australian medical practices. Ransomware exploits have been known for many years but a type of encrypting ransomware known as CryptoLocker has become increasingly common in 2013. 

Read more: ‘Mal Ware’ is no honest extortionist

Cryptolocker is the latest and greatest in computer "ransomware".  It is spreading on the internet and its behaviour and the ramifications of infection are causing Australian businesses to revisit their approach to computer malware.

Cryptolocker is a well written, program that makes the most of the current strong encryption standards. It does not interfere with the computer's function in any way and is easy to remove. It gives clear messages to the user about what it is doing and posts regular updates on the state of the system and the data it contains.

So why is it different and why is it so effective?

Read more: Data's Gone Phishing

Telemonitoring equipment

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) In-Home Telemonitoring for Veterans Trial that started late last year in Armidale and Toowoomba has been extended to the NSW North Coast. The trial aims to determine if telemonitoring is a safe, effective and efficient complement to face-to-face GP consultations, and will contribute to providing better care for DVA Gold Card holders with high risk for admission. Veterans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery heart disease or diabetes will have access to videoconferencing and remote monitoring of their vital signs by their usual surgery’s chronic disease nurse.

Read more: DVA In-Home Telemonitoring for Veterans Trial extended to the North Coast