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.
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
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!