This blog is totally independent and has only three major objectives.
The first is to inform readers of news and happenings in the e-Health domain, both here in Australia and world-wide.
The second is to provide commentary on e-Health in Australia and to foster improvement where I can.
The third is to encourage discussion of the matters raised in the blog so hopefully readers can get a balanced view of what is really happening and what successes are being achieved.
Monday, December 12, 2011
I Think There Is Now A Chance Common Sense Can Prevail in Australian E-Health! I Sure Hope So!
The following appeared in the Medical Observer today - and I suspect the sentiments will be echoed elsewhere in other articles quite soon.
A CABINET reshuffle announced this morning is being seen as an opportunity for new Health Minister Tanya Plibersek and the government to back away from the 1 July deadline for the introduction of a personally controlled e-health record (PCEHR).
Former Health Minister Nicola Roxon was promoted to Attorney General in the reshuffle, which was triggered by the resignation of Small Business Minister Nick Sherry.
RACGP president Professor Claire Jackson said Ms Roxon’s contribution over nearly five years had been valuable, but the college would have liked more consultation on some recent decisions.
“Tanya Plibersek comes with a strong record in her previous portfolio and the college looks forward to an early meeting,” Professor Jackson said.
To be frank I think Ms Roxon was a very poor Health Minister who for apparently ideological reasons drove initiatives which were confusing (Medicare Locals), unnecessary by and large ( GP Superclinics) and utterly lacking any evidence base (the PCEHR Program).
It is also clear from the way many of the so-called reform programs were executed that program implementation was really not a strong suit - not that she is to blame alone for that!
She also managed to really alienate much of the Medical profession by her cuts to the PBS and her failure to properly consult on many matters as reflected in the article above.
Ms Plibersek has a golden opportunity - as I said earlier today - to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in e-Health. I hope she takes it!