Thursday, October 08, 2015
Is This A Realistic Hope And Will The Dying NEHTA Actually Do Something Useful?
This appeared last week:
Alice Klein | 1 October, 2015 |
There may be light at the end of the tunnel for GPs who are fed up with using multiple different secure messaging services to email patient information to other doctors, industry insiders say.
Australian doctors are currently forced to use up to 10 secure messaging services in order to be compatible with each other's email systems — a situation that the chair of the RACGP's e-health committee calls an "outrage".
"It's the same as if Telstra phones did not talk to Optus phones, which did not talk to Vodafone phones," Dr Nathan Pinskier told the audience at the RACGP's annual conference last week.
"The vendors have basically taken a lockdown perspective. They're saying, ‘I have a share of the pie; it's protected'."
But a spokesman for MMEx told Australian Doctor that the different services would most likely become compatible in less than a year, following a meeting among providers last month that was convened by the National E-Health Transition Authority.
"I think there's a genuine will around the table for people to get this problem solved," said Chris Pearson, who runs ISA Healthcare Solutions, the provider of MMEx.
"The argument that the Department of Health has put forward, and I agree with this, is that if you make secure messaging easy, then there will be many more people who start to use it, and everyone can make more money out of it," he said.
I loved the two comments:
1- This is why I still need a fax machine.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Thursday, October 08, 2015