A survey of IT experts by the University of Sydney has supported calls to halt the rollout of the NSW Clinical Information System FirstNet, with a review finding the system should be spearheaded by an IT-savvy clinician.

The findings from Health Information Technology Research Laboratory director, Professor Jon Patrick, are based on interviews with software performance experts with experience of FirstNet. They build on previously released issues raised by the heads of seven NSW emergency departments.

Among a list of recommendations emanating from his study, Professor Patrick says the rollout of FirstNet should stop, problems with the software addressed and solved where possible, and IT-savvy clinicians given a greater role in developing NSW's e-health.

The Future Fund Board of Guardians has announced that it has ceased to be a substantial shareholder in Telstra with the sale of shares down to a holding of 620.4 million shares or 4.99% of the company.

The Queensland Government has launched a new online toolkit and ICT database and directory to assist local businesses to take advantage of the National Broadband Network (NBN) as is rolled out.

Amendments to the National Broadband Network (NBN ) legislation introduced by Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy,  have been passed with some late changes.

A white paper produced by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and Fujitsu has outlined opportunities for the financial services industry to improve its customer service by using techniques of cloud computing.

Australian online retail businesses are facing road blocks from suppliers who are trying to prevent their products being sold online, according to a recent survey by eBay.

Telstra has been forced to delay its extraordinary general meeting, scheduled for 1 July, due to delays in the process of negotiation over the National Broadband Network. As a result, NBN Co has indicated that the schedule for construction of second release sites may be delayed.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is seeking feedback on allocation systems for telephone numbers in its third consultation paper about the future of numbering in Australia – Allocation and charging of numbers.

The Korea-Australia-New Zealand Broadband Summit  is to be held in Hobart from 28 to 29 April this year. 

The Swedish-based Handheld Group has opened its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Sydney, Australia, to provide a local presence and take advantage of proximity to Asia.

Townsville has been selected as one of 24 cities around the world to receive a Smarter Cities Challenge grant from global technology company IBM this year.

The new 449 kilometre fibre link between Perth and Geraldton in south-west Western Australia  has been completed, becoming the the first part of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Western Australia.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy has announced an agreement with NEC Corporation to promote innovation and international excellence which capitalises on the rollout of the National Broadband network (NBN).

Under its terms of reference, the Committee will investigate:

A new computing facility called MASSIVE – or Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment – ­is the latest tool in the fight against serious and life-threatening illnesses including lung disease, diabetes, AIDS and cancer.

34 new inventions have received grants of up to $2 million to commercialise their projects under the Federal Government’s new Commercialisation Australia initiative.

Assisting the government to achieve digital switchover, delivering key projects to address ongoing spectrum demand, and planning for new services have been identified as key tasks in the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s key spectrum management roadmap, the Five-year spectrum outlook 2011-2015.

Software application provider App-DNA has established a new regional office in Sydney, NSW, and a research and development centre in Perth, WA, to take advantage of the opportunities available in the Australian market.

The Telecommunications Interception and Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 has been passed through Federal Parliament.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today issued a revised list of initial points of interconnect* (POI) to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Former IBM Australia chief Glenn Boreham has been appointed to as the chairman of the Convergence Review Committee, which will review of Australia’s communications and media regulatory environment.

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