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Australia backs latest healthcare AI projects with $20M and more briefs

Australia backs latest healthcare AI projects with $20M and more briefs
Also, New Zealand's The Doctors has cautioned the public about a mobile app posing as its official app.

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Australia Invests $20M in Health AI Projects

The Australian government has allocated nearly A$30 million ($20 million) in grant funding to 10 AI projects from major universities to enhance healthcare access. These projects include research on early melanoma detection using AI and 3D total skin imaging at the University of Queensland, as well as AI-powered services to address mental health issues among young people at the University of Melbourne. The grants are part of the Medical Research Future Fund's National Critical Research Infrastructure Initiative.

Fake The Doctors App Reported

The Doctors Medical Centres, a part of New Zealand's primary care group Green Cross Health, has reported a fake mobile application posing as its official app. The service has taken action to have the app blacklisted by the National Cyber Security Centre NZ and removed from the Google Play Store. The Doctors app allows patients to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, access medical records, and receive health reminders. The Doctors has advised users to download the app directly from its website.

New PenCS Module Supports Aged Care Incentive

PenCS has introduced a new module on its Practice Cloud platform to support care planning activities related to the General Practice in Aged Care Incentive. The federal scheme provides practice and provider incentives of A$430 (around $290) per eligible patient each year. The MyMedicare - Aged Care Incentive module enables practices to identify eligible patients, generate reminder and recall lists, visualize claimed and unclaimed MBS items, and understand patient lists based on various parameters. This new module comes as PenCS added Dashboards and Reports with actionable patient lists to Practice Cloud.