Demand to study healthcare courses soars in Queensland
The move towards consumer, digitally driven healthcare models are advancing at a rapid pace, transforming the way in which we deliver and treat patients both in acute settings and within the home.
Such is the growth of digital healthcare, courses within the industry have soared in Queensland, where students are becoming increasingly aware of the potential they can bring to the table, and has led to healthcare becoming a preferential choice of study at university.
The Brisbane Times has reported that The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre gave offers to more than 35,000 students across December and January this year, offering students places in which to study their chosen healthcare subject in 2018.
“Allied health is growing in response to increased demand for services across the disability, mental health, aged care and health sectors,” commented QTAC Chief Executive Officer Dr John Griffiths.
“While traditional health programs remain popular, there is a trend toward courses leading to health careers outside medicine, dentistry and nursing that support patients through a variety of therapeutic, diagnostic and technical services.”
Escalating healthcare costs have driven companies to partner with tech giants and researchers to formulate cost effective solutions for patients and develop a complete new model of healthcare.
Researchers at Griffith University, situated at Gold Coast has recently partnered with Huawei and Tonwo Health Clinic Technology to support the implementation of health wearables to support patients with long-term conditions.
Taking a leaf from Apple’s book, the partnership will see the creation of five wearables which, similarly to the Apple Watch, will deliver vital patient data in real-time and enable a reduction in healthcare costs.
“Following our research, we have five devices ready for launch: Blood pressure Monitor table, Blood pressure on arm, Handheld Pulse oximeter, Blood Glucose Meter, Body fat scale,” commented John Zeng, President of Tonwo Health Clinic Technology.
“The network in Australia will be provided by operators to support the communication between the devices and NB-IoT.”
“The potential of NB-IoT in the healthcare industry is unlimited and we are expecting more exciting business models to come in the near future.”
Vaccine rollout spurring dark net activity, McAfee finds
A report by security software company McAfee has found a huge rise in the availability and demand for illegal COVID-19 vaccines.
The research by McAfee Advanced Threat Research found evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are currently available on at least a dozen dark net marketplaces. Vaccines allegedly made by Pfizer-BioNTech are being sold for $600 to $2,500 per dose, with vendors using channels such as Wickr, Telegram, WhatsApp and Gmail to advertise and communicate.
Some of the supposed vaccines are imported from the US, while others are packed in the UK and shipped all over the world, according to the listings.
Moderna vaccines, potentially fraudulent antibody tests and fake vaccine cards are also being increasingly sold on the dark web, on at least 10 different underground markets.
Anne An, senior security researcher at McAfee’s Advanced Programs Group, told us that with the increased global demand for COVID-19 vaccinations, the demand for illegal vaccines, fake test results and vaccination record cards has also grown. "Consumers who are buying these items pose a serious threat to public health and spur the underground economy" she said.
"Opportunistic cybercriminals capitalise on public interest in obtaining a COVID-19 immunity passport. These bad actors can also benefit by reselling the names, dates of birth, home addresses, contact details and other personally indefinable information of their customers."
As well as cyber security measures, An says education is necessary to stem the rise in these illegal sales. "Dark net selling of illegal COVID-19 vaccinations, fake test results and vaccination record cards is both a cybersecurity issue and an educational issue.
"On the one hand, channels being used as a means of business have the responsibility to monitor and mitigate cybercriminal activity on their platforms. On the other, the ongoing efforts of government and medical officials to provide factual information on COVID-19 and vaccinations is critical to discouraging the demand for fraudulent alternatives."
Read McAfee's report Fool’s Gold”: Questionable Vaccines, Bogus Results, and Forged Cards