Sunday, July 24, 2016

I Am Not Quite Sure This Is The Way I Had Hoped The ADHA Starting. I Hope All This Is Not An Omen.

I spotted this last week:

Digital health: Priorities for the new ADHA

VIC
Jul 25
The new Chair for the Australian Digital Health Agency, Jim Birch AM will discuss the operation, governance as well as responsibilities and priorities for the new agency in bringing our health system into the digital century.

Speakers

Jim Birch AM, Chair, Australian Digital Health Agency  
 Trustee only
 25/07/2016
 NAB Boardroom, VIC
 Health/Ageing
 Lunch (12:00pm to 2:00pm)

Event overview

The new Australian Digital Health Agency was formed by the Australian Government to lead and provide direction in developing digital health. The agency formally opened on 1 July 2016 and will replace the National E-Health Transition Authority (NeHTA).
Chair Jim Birch AM will discuss the operation, governance as well as responsibilities and priorities for the new agency in bringing our health system into the digital century.
This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings our Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of a CEDA membership. The Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speaker

Jim Birch AM
Chair, Australian Digital Health Agency
Jim is a former EY Partner in the Government and Public Sector practice having previously been the Global Health Care Leader, the Oceania Government and Public Service Leader and the inaugural Leader of the Health and Human Services Practice for Asia Pacific.
Jim has over thirty five years of experience in planning, leading and implementing change in complex organisations such as Health Care, Justice and Human Services. Jim has been a Chief Executive of a Human Services and Health Department (South Australia), Deputy Chief Executive of Justice and Chief Executive of major health service delivery organisations, including teaching hospitals.
Here is the link:
A few days later we see Mr Birch scheduled to speak for a half hour at the HISA conference in Melbourne on Wednesday 27 July.
9:10 am
Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy
Jim Birch Chair, Australian Digital Health Agency

So we have a briefing for the big end of town on a non-disclosure basis followed by a short session at HISA on the National Digital Health Strategy when there is not any disclosure of the strategy on the ADHA web site.
Without wishing to be too picky, Mr Birch should hardly be talking where the is no disclosure of what was said and hardly talking about Strategy when, as far as I know, none such exists – except the abortive draft produced by DoH which is yet to be repaired and re-released post consultation.
If a new document exists it would be very good to have it see the light of day! Given a new draft has not even been circulated we can all just watch, wait and maybe be surprised – in a less than ideal way.
I wonder how the search for a CEO is going – I have heard a few rumours and now that Ms Ley is back in the saddle this should be soon sorted. Maybe announced at HISA? Again we can watch and wait!
I have always had a hope ADHA would be a totally different beast to NEHTA in terms of consultation and openness. Thus far the signs are not great! I hope this changes…..
David.

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