There is an amazing editorial in the just released Medical journal of Australia. It is a MUST read for all those interested in Australian e-Health.
Read it here:
The key to what it is being said is here:
“Since its inception in July 2005, NEHTA has been spending just under $164 000 a day.7 It is yet to deliver any e-health outcomes beyond a 2009–2012 strategic plan and the development of a national health care identifier system that was recently ratified by the Australian Government.10
In May this year, the federal government allocated NEHTA a further $466.7 million over 2 years, ostensibly to fund development of core national standards and tools that can provide all Australians with access to a personally controlled electronic heath record from 2012–13. The federal government will thus spend $639 315 each day on the implementation of personally controlled electronic health records.7 Despite this, vigorous debate is ongoing as to who will actually control the records! Confusion reigns.
It must be remembered that the realisation of e-health infrastructure in Australia is underpinned by taxpayers. Whether it will ever produce a functional electronic communication and record system, which actually improves health care delivery, is the million-dollar question.”
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What a massive and stupid mess up this is, as this blog has been reporting for as long as it has existed.
This is truly ‘game on’ for the arrogance of NEHTA and my sense is, whatever happens at the election, we will see great changes follow!
This is a game changer that both parties cannot ignore! NEHTA has just moments to show it is either useful, or that it needs to be put out of its misery. Clearly the latter, with relevant safeguards to protect the limited value we have had for all this money, is the right course.