Wednesday, April 09, 2014
This Really Is Getting Sillier And Sillier! What Is It The Government Is Trying to Hide?
This appeared a few days ago.
news The Department of Health has stated it does not believe there is a public interest case for the Federal Government’s review of the troubled Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records project to be released publicly, despite the fact that Health Minister Peter Dutton has stated the document contains “a comprehensive plan for the future of electronic health records in Australia”.
The PCEHR project was initially funded in the 2010 Federal Budget to the tune of $466.7 million after years of health industry and technology experts calling for development and national leadership in e-health and health identifier technology to better tie together patients’ records and achieve clinical outcomes. The project is overseen by the Department of Health in coalition with the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA).
However, in July the Government revealed it had failed to meet it initial 500,000 target for adoption of the system, with only close to 400,000 Australians using the system at that point.
Due to the problems, on 4 November new Coalition Government Health Minister Peter Dutton kicked off a promised review of the PCEHR project. On 20 December, only a month and a half after the review was initiated, Dutton issued a statement noting that he had received its report. “Their report provides a comprehensive plan for the future of electronic health records in Australia,” the Minister said at the time.
However, Dutton has not committed to publicly releasing the findings of the PCEHR Review. As a consequence, in early January, Delimiter filed a Freedom of Information request with the Department of Health seeking to have the full text of the document released under the Freedom of Information Act. Although the department initially stated it did not have a copy of the document at the time of the initial FOI request, a subsequent FOI request showed that the department had by then obtained a copy.
Read the rest of the saga and some commentary here:
It is hard to know what to add to what Renai has written, other than to wish him luck with the new request.
It really is hard to know just what the Government is trying to hide with regard to the fabulously designed, delivered and managed program. Surely nothing of any sort has gone wrong, there has been no waste and the program is now delivering clear cut benefits for the public.
I guess this must not be the case otherwise the Government would have been keen to release such a wonderful score card - or is it that it is a mess and they can’t quite work out what to do despite having been given the PCEHR Review in December which provided a comprehensive way forward?
I wonder where the truth lies?
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Wednesday, April 09, 2014