Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This Really Says It All! The Department Of Health Has No Idea If Health Investments Are Paying Off Or Making A Difference. About Time They Did!

Was browsing around the other day and found this page:

eHealth Program Evaluations

Evaluations of the Health Connect, Managed Health Networks Grants, and Broadband for Health programs
Page last updated: 20 January 2011
The link is here:
The HealthConnect Evaluation Report - which is by no means the only one done - is dated from mid 2009 - and the program is defunct.
The Managed Health Networks Grants program similarly is defunct and died in 2009.
Astonishingly the Broadband for Health Program began over a decade ago and died in 2007.
Here is a summary of what this was about.
“The BFH program was a $69 million program to encourage the uptake of secure, business-grade broadband by general practitioners, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, GP Afterhour locations, Royal Flying Doctors Service and community pharmacies nation­wide. The program commenced in August 2004 and concluded on 31 December 2007.”
Socrates made the point that “The unexamined life is not worth living” can I suggest, equally, the unexamined Government Health IT project is not worth doing.
Come on Department Of Health - show us the difference you have made since 2009.
If they can’t maybe the Auditor General or the Productivity Commission might like to take a close look!


Anonymous said...

DOH has made one major contribution to eHealth which should never be forgotten - it is that the cumulative effect of HealthConnect, MediConnect, Managed Health Networks, Broadband for Health and let me add NeHTA, PCEHR, all add up to well over $1 billion and nothing on note delivered of any real use to anyone. What then is the DOHs contribution you ask? It is that no software vendor should ever forget that they way to survive and grow in this market is to avoid having anything to do with Departmental bureaucrats.

Bernard Robertson-Dunn said...

From the SMH:
Governments spend less on health, while out-of-pocket costs highest in a decade


"Australians' out-of-pocket healthcare costs are the highest they have been in a decade, while growth in spending from state and federal governments is at a record low."

Maybe that's why Ms Halton has been moved to Finance. She's helped to save the government money on health expenditure - the hope being that she can do something similar in other areas.

It's just a pity that the savings in government health expenditure seem to have come from cost shifting, not systemic efficiencies.