Sunday, May 10, 2015

Huge PCEHR News To Be Announced Today! PCEHR Stays And NEHTA Goes.

According to Fairfax and ABC On-Line the PCEHR is to receive $485M over 4 years and NEHTA is to be scrapped for a new Australian Commission For E-Health.

The system is to remain personally controlled but to become opt-out. Apparently trials are planned.

More to follow later.

David.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It will end in tears

Anonymous said...

At least they got the first bit right - bury NEHTA but it will not make a jot of difference if they persevere with promoting a faulty system under the control of another entity, if they swivel the deckchairs and transfer NEHTA staff across to the new entity, if they do not bring fresh blood, fresh thinking and fresh people on board with practical coalface expertise who have not been tainted by the NEHTA saga all we will see is another $400++ million poured down the drain.

Behold the warning signs - new trials of an old system point to another impending disaster. Ohh dear, oh dear.


Bernard Robertson-Dunn said...

As a first step they should stop calling it a Personally Controlled eHealth Record.

It is unrealistic to create a health record for every Australian and make them responsible for any aspect of it.

Most will not even know they have one, let alone know how to "control" it. Major changes will need to be made to the system to remove any and all "Personally Controlled" features before it can become opt-out.

What are the government's plans for these system changes?

What new features will be implemented so that the government can now guarantee data accuracy and appropriate security and privacy controls?

Dr David More MB PhD FACHI said...

See current blog for a few more questions

David.

Anonymous said...

Bernard said: "As a first step they should stop calling it a Personally Controlled eHealth Record."

Agreed, we don't really control it much.

Bernard said: "What new features will be implemented so that the government can now guarantee data accuracy and appropriate security and privacy controls?"

In real terms, probably none. We do not control the government either, be it how we vote between Liberal and Labor. Think new laws for Data Retention. Also think about who bankrolls their respective political parties and election campaigns.

Anon said: "promoting a faulty system under the control of another entity, if they swivel the deckchairs and transfer NEHTA staff across to the new entity". Somehow this feel emotionally and professionally worse than what Bernard remarked. The same will happen in the change of many of the Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks, who will have the same management - with in scale - will have half the funds and twice the catchment area. And of course Management will be cut back last, and front line services, will be first, as evidenced in recent months in the Medicare Locals irrespective of the PHNs.