Wednesday, November 09, 2016
I Have Seen Some Poorly Researched Articles On Australian E-Health But This One Takes The Biscuit!
This appeared a little while ago:
Article posted on: October 31, 2016
For around two decades, Australia has been working under various governments and schemes to implement a national eHealth strategy – and finally, on 1 July 2016, the new formed Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) started operating, reports an article in this month’s HIMSS Insights magazine.
The agency, which is pushing for a wider adoption of electronic health records, spearheads the Commonwealth of Australia’s revised approach to eHealth policy. Australia’s current national eHealth strategy dates back to 2008, reports Cornelia Wels-Maug, in the piece. This strategy consists of several elements, including the implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) system, ePrescribing and dispensing of medication, telehealth programmes for people in remote areas and a national healthcare identifier service that enables healthcare stakeholders to exchange medical information on a specific person. However, the execution of the eHealth strategy across the six states and two territories that constitute Australia has been patchy and, unsurprisingly, each state and territory has meanwhile come up with its own eHealth roadmap. This results in a multitude of individual state and territory systems that operate under different legislation, compliance regimes and do not facilitate a nationwide exchange of information.
Later this year, a new eHealth strategy, the so-called ‘National Digital Health Strategy 2016-19’ will be released. However, details on its content will depend on the incoming government that was elected in July, reports Wels-Maug, although it is widely believed that any government will push an increased use of digital solutions in the healthcare field.
You can read the full story here - Revamping eHealth Down Under
Here is the link:
Given the consultation on the new “National Digital Health Strategy 2016-19” does not end until late January 2017 this has the feel of being a little disconnected from reality.
From the announcement:
“Individuals and groups can attend the face-to-face events, or participate online via the survey at website: conversation.digitalhealth.gov.au.
The survey is open from Thursday 3 November 2016 until Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 5pm AEDST.”
As for thinking anyone has taken any notice of the 2008 National E-Health Strategy, which was agreed but never had a dollar allocated, in the last five years they are dreaming. It is a sad lonely .pdf and has been so for many years.
Reading the full downloadable story just compounds the errors made. What a farce!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Wednesday, November 09, 2016