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Is Healthcare Software a Medical Device?

By Eric Lowenstein on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 in General.

With the increased prevalence of software aimed at improving day to day health, diagnosing illnesses and treating medical conditions, there has been a recent focus on developing regulations to address new types of medical devices. When is software a medical device?  In Australia the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates health related software that is a  … Read more

Ending the Doctor / Patient Relationship

By Eric Lowenstein on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 in General.

Whether you are a  general practitioner with GP medical indemnity insurance or a medical professional with medical professional indemnity insurance, ending a relationship with a patient can be difficult. Especially in situations when there has been a breakdown in your communication with your patient The reasons for the breakup There can be a myriad of  … Read more

Your Healthcare Workplace Matters

By Eric Lowenstein on Saturday, November 16th, 2019 in General.

Your medical indemnity insurance provider cares Whether you are a doctor, midwife or healthcare professional, your practice requires a good workplace environment. This means reducing any hazardous pressures like excessive workloads, inadequate resources and lack of tech and patient support. If you have any of these issues, they can have a significant effect on your  … Read more

The Privacy of Your Patient’s Information, Have the Rules Changed?

By Eric Lowenstein on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 in General.

The privacy laws governing doctors and healthcare facilities in Australia have changed. At Tego Insurance, we understand it can be a struggle to keep up to speed with the ever-changing communication landscape. As a medical indemnity insurance provider, we are here to help you navigate this ever moving terrain.  Your patients are demanding more transparency  … Read more

Doctors and Healthcare Professionals Should Beware of Electronic Communication

By Eric Lowenstein on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 in General.

There is a tremendous surge in the use of SMS and emails for healthcare professionals, especially with patient reminders and recalls. This is more than a trend, as it is changing the way healthcare is provided. The reason? There are a variety of factors from patient preference, technological efficiencies to the increased cost and delays  … Read more

When Patients Refuse Treatment

By Eric Lowenstein on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 in General.

As Medical Indemnity Insurance Providers, the experts at Tego are well aware of the many issues GP’s face. This includes patients refusing more testing under advice from the doctor. Let’s be clear, a competent patient is within their rights to refuse treatment. It is however important that you have fully informed the patient of  the  … Read more

When is your software a medical device?

By Eric Lowenstein on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 in General.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia is in charge of regulating health related software that falls under the statutory definition of a medical device, as defined in- “section 41BD of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth).” Here is what you need to know: The regulation of software as a medical device is currently centred on  … Read more

New Code of Conduct for Midwives in Australia

By Eric Lowenstein on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 in General.

As medical practice insurers and medical indemnity insurance providers, we want you to know the legalities of being a midwife and your practice’s code for conduct.  At Tego, we recommend that all midwives take the opportunity to review the Code and familiarise themselves with the expectations for practice as set out by the NMBA.  The  … Read more

The Importance of a Hospital Discharge Summary: What Every GP Needs to Know

By Eric Lowenstein on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 in General.

The AMA’s position statement states “when a patient has received hospital care, the GP needs timely and comprehensive communication about the care provided, including transfer of care arrangements in order to enable the GP to continue providing high-quality care for the patient.” Australian Medical Association, General Practice/Hospitals Transfer of Care Arrangements, 2018 As a leading  … Read more

Specialist Doctors in Training: You Need Protection

By Eric Lowenstein on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 in General.

Protect your reputation and registration At Tego, we understand that training to be a doctor and building a career can be fraught with stress and unease. That is why we specialise in offering specialist doctors in training medico-legal advice and support. We provide high quality and responsive medico legal support as part of the medical  … Read more