Thursday, November 25, 2010

Holy Heck - NEHTA is Having People Pay For Access to Their Webinars. Just How is this Justified?

This hit me tonight.

Webinar: National e-Health Strategy – NEHTA Update

Link with the Latest information from NEHTA delivered by Peter Fleming, CEO, NEHTA

Summary

NEHTA is the lead organisation supporting the national vision for e-health in Australia; working openly, constructively and collaboratively with consumers, providers, funders, policy makers and the broader healthcare industry; to enable safer, higher quality, accessible, equitable, efficient and sustainable healthcare.

Under the leadership of Peter Fleming, NEHTA has delivered SNOMED CT, an internationally recognised database of clinical terminology, AMT (Australian Medicines Terminology) and most recently the Healthcare Identifiers Bill which are key foundations to enable e-health nationally.

Mr Fleming is focused on progressing the adoption of e-health standards of national significance through implementation and collaborations in the healthcare sector which will enable the flow of health information.

Online Credit Card Payments Only

Please note that only payments made online by Visa or Mastercard will be accepted.

Details

Available for viewing after 4pm Friday 26 November 2010

Here is the link

http://www.cvent.com/Events/info/Summary.aspx?e=B340D87F-11B9-4485-8359-6371F732FED4

All I can say is just WTF! A publicly funded CEO of a very poor public organisation is charging for information on what it is doing. Does the word ‘outrageous’ jump to mind.

The suggested fee is $35.00!@!

I don't care who is collecting the money. This is just not on!

All these presentations should be available, for no cost, if anyone cares, on the NEHTA web site.

Just utter rubbish!

David.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am sure you must have it wrong David, they must mean they will pay people to watch it, I think it will also be repeated on Michael McIntyre's Comedy roadshow on the ABC.

Anonymous said...

It's to pay for the extra bandwidth to allow for faster transmission of bull&@&$.

Achilles said...

In all fairness, it seems to be the so-called Australasian "College" of Health Management which is running this event - it's actually a breakfast session which is on right now (Friday morning 26th).The "College" is charging $90 for non-members to attend the breakfast. Peter Fleming and NEHTA may be getting no more than expenses. Anyway, I'm sure we can see the same set of PP slides on any one of a dozen of his other presentations free of charge.

Dr David More MB, PhD, FACHI said...

Charging for attending a breakfast is one thing - there are actual costs clearly. Charging to view the presentation after the event is just nonsense in my view.

David.

Anonymous said...

Have a whinge to Ms Kate Copeland FCHSM CHE, the National President of ACHSM at kate_copeland@health.qld.gov.au

They are the ones leveeing the charge, not NEHTA, as a minute or two on the web would have quickly shown if you'd bothered to look.

Dr David More MB, PhD, FACHI said...

I did look. Note what the blog said.

"I don't care who is collecting the money. This is just not on!"

My point was that these sort of presentations should be out for free - especially given the apparent cost of the breakfast.

David.

Anonymous said...

Given Microsoft are sponsoring the event, one would think they have a few spare dollars in the kitty to cover any incidental webinar costs!

Anonymous said...

I sat through this in person. The coffee was excellent. I can't recall anything else of note.

Geoff Miller said...

"Under the leadership of Peter Fleming, NEHTA has delivered SNOMED CT, an internationally recognised database of clinical terminology, AMT (Australian Medicines Terminology) and most recently the Healthcare Identifiers Bill which are key foundations to enable e-health nationally."

What, precisely, did NEHTA do to "deliver" SNOMED-CT other than write a cheque to procure something that had been recommended before NEHTA came into existence? What was NEHTA's involvement in the AMT other than to complicate and delay a project that had been brought close to completion as a part of the MediConnect Project, before MediConnect was killed off because it didn't fit with the HealthConnect mindset? As for the Healthcare Identifier, well, if NEHTA wants to take the credit for that, good luck to them, although as far as I am aware NEHTA does not draft legislation.