Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Do You Really Think The Health Ministers Have a Clue About The Potential Consequences Of The Decisions Regarding Opting Out Of The PCEHR?

Last week we had the Communique from the most recent Health Minister’s Meeting

COAG Health Council Communique - 7 August 2015

The Federal and State and Territory Health Ministers met in Darwin today at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues. The meeting was chaired by Jack Snelling, Minister for Health, South Australia.
Page last updated: 07 September 2015
PDF printable version of COAG Health Council Communique - 7 August 2015 (PDF 292 KB)

7 August 2015

The Federal and State and Territory Health Ministers met in Darwin today at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues. The meeting was chaired by Jack Snelling, Minister for Health, South Australia.

Major items discussed included:

Changes to eHealth Records

Ministers discussed proposed changes by the Australian Government to eHealth legislation to support delivery of the My Health Record and the establishment of the eHealth Commission. The amendments are aimed at bringing forward the benefits of a connected national eHealth system, aimed at providing improved health outcomes for consumers through national sharing of information and a more efficient health system.

Included in the draft legislation will be the implementation of the opt-out trials, to be conducted in some states and territories where participants will automatically receive an eHealth record unless they choose to opt out if they do not wish to have one. Under present arrangements, people have to specifically enrol to receive an eHealth record. Ministers were invited to nominate potential trial sites.
The full communique is here:
What I really wonder is how in a meeting that probably went for 2-3 hours could sufficient detail be provided regarding the e-Health records be provided to enable the Ministers to actually make informed decisions on a matter to complex as a move to ‘opt out’ and the risks to privacy, data-integrity and the way the disadvantaged and non-tech savvy are treated.
I can almost bet there was a 5-10 minute presentation of the plans at a high level - two minutes of discussion and the big tick was delivered.
Has anyone access to the briefing the Ministers were given? Would be fun to read!
David.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is classic tick-box management, this is appropriate at task based project activities level but not at this level. My guess is the Health Ministers expectation was the log is not hollow, however my expectation is that the power point slides are the design and plan.