Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ABC’s 7:30 Covers The Planned Impending Introduction of e-Health In 2 Weeks. Watch on iView Tomorrow Early AM.

Just watched a quite balanced approximately 10 min segment on 7:30 on ABC1 beginning about 7:40pm.
Notable that the Minister, Mr Fleming and Ms Halton were not interviewed.
You will be able to watch the program at www.abc.net.au/iview after about 7am tomorrow morning.
Enjoy the watch - Comments welcome.
David.
All the details are now available here:
http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3524583.htm
D.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see the transcript states that "The Government says the E-health system will have bank strength security features" - seems like someone has been eating the magic mushrooms again!!!!

Cris Kerr, Case Health said...

The 7.30 report's 10 minutes wasn't adequate to go deep enough in terms of the public's best ehealth interests.

Doctor's interests, as always, were well represented.

Bank strength security and privacy would mean individual choice about each individual you provide access to, or; individual choice about those individuals whose access you want to 'restrict'.

The consumer will not be given that choice because their security and privacy interests have not been sufficiently represented.

Providing open access to entire organisations has actually caused one of the major ehealth stumbling blocks.

Consumers would be less worried about 'limiting' pieces of health information that can or cannot be uploaded to their record if they were able to exercise greater choice in EXACTLY who could and who could not access/view their record.

If the consumer has a hospital stay, the entire hospital organisation will have access and retain access to their ehealth record unless the consumer goes online to specifically 'restrict' access to the entire hospital organisation.

Because so many people will have access (an entire clinic, an entire hospital, etc), the consumer will naturally want to screen and limit each piece of health information uploaded to their ehealth record.

Further, the 'default' intent for every ehealth record created will be 'general access', which means each individual will have to log to their record to 'restrict' healthcare provider organisation access.

Will consumers feel they've been 'fully informed/forewarned' of what this all means to the security and privacy of their ehealth record and all the information it contains during their online or shop front 'sign ups'?

B said...

Cris Kerr said:

"If the consumer has a hospital stay ..."

Which implies that the patient is sick.

Is it likely that every patient will be able to manage their "personally controlled" ehealth record?

So what is the mitigation strategy for this scenario?

Easy and better access to health information is a two edged sword. Unfortunately, no one has blunted the dangerous edge.

And IMHO, "open access to entire organisations has actually caused one of the major ehealth stumbling blocks" is not a stumbling block, it's a fundamental flaw that will end up being a deal-breaker.

Paul Karen said...

I love how Muckesh has TWO computer screens..... Nice to see how NeTHA has spent their money. So do we all ask the govt. for two monitors?

Keith said...

"Paul Karen said...
I love how Muckesh has TWO computer screens..... Nice to see how NeTHA has spent their money.."

Fair go. That was Mukesh's consulting room and presumably his practice paid the modest price that LCD screens cost these days.

I thought each spokesman presented his concerns quite well; the minister and DOHA once again refused to engage in any sensible or serious discussion and just repeated meaningless gibberish in a prepared statement. They really do exist in a different universe.

Paul Karen said...

Keith said...

"Fair go. That was Mukesh's consulting room and presumably his practice paid the modest price that LCD screens cost these days."

Sure, but the point that I was trying to make was that it appears that the eHeath record DOES NOT (as yet) seamlessly integrate with Muckesh's software, otherwise why would he need a second monitor? He appears to be using the eHealth record on a separate monitor to his "practice software" monitor in the video.