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.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Those Who Are Hoping For Serious Change May Be Bitterly Disappointed With The New ADHA.
The federal government has named the 11 board members set to steer its new e-health directive as it prepares to establish the Australian Digital Health Agency in place of the soon-to-be-abolished NeHTA.
The ADHA will lead the Commonwealth’s revised approach to electronic healthcare, which has been driven by the recommendations of the 2013 Royle review into the failings of the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR).
That review (pdf) found that the agency in charge of implementing the government’s e-health policy, the National e-Health Transition Authority, “does not have the confidence of the industry or audience that it is attempting to represent”.
It said the composition of the NeHTA board, which was made up of directors general from state, territory and federal health departments, failed to reflect the objectives of the agency. It also said stakeholder ideas and concerns were prone to be overruled or lost in the bureaucracy of the organisation.
Health Minister Sussan Ley in response pieced together a panel of health officials to work alongside bankers, health insurers, practitioners and private healthcare providers to head the ADHA.
The board will be chaired by former head of the South Australian health department Jim Birch.
In a statement, Birch said his board boasted “a strong involvement with health consumers and digital innovation, bringing the right skills mix to drive the innovation needed to meet the ongoing and future health needs of Australians”.
Reading through the list it is clear that what is most missing is private sector e-Health expertise and rather little clinical expertise. I wonder what the new chair makes of the fabulously high quality Draft Strategic Plan he has been given to work with.
We can all wait and watch to see what happens - and certainly it is good there are some people outside the Government Sector involved - but I still rather fear little will change.
The last hope is the quality and experience of the CEO - who is yet to be appointed. An inspired choice could make all the difference - time will tell! I note from Google news the new chair says he is said to be 'utterly committed' to making the myHR work. Given it needs to be scrapped, or at least fundamentally re-designed so as to be unrecognisable from what we have now, that will be quite a trick, but he had to say that to get the job I bet!