As part of developing a short document on National E-Health Strategies around the world I thought it would be useful to sort out the HealthConnect documents I have retained and see, when organised, the story that would be told.
Here is a print out of the directories I created.
HealthConnect - Organised
199306 - HCN Business Case
199910 - Health On Line Action Plan
200007 - A Health Information Network for Australia
200008 - Health On Line Summit
200008 - Research Report on EHRs
200101 - HealthConnect Update
200102 - HealthConnect Setting the Standards
200108 - Health On Line Action Plan V2
200110 - Health Supply Chain
200207 - Consent Review
200209 - HealthConnect Board
200212 - Tasmania NT Trials
200304 - Business Arch V10
200304 - Interim Research Report
200307 - HealthConnect Implementation Strategy
200307 - HealthConnect System Architecture V0.9
200401 - HealthConnect Project Plan 2003-5
200402 - Benefits Studies
200404 - BCG Report
200405 - HealthConnect Implementation Brief
200409 - Gap Report - EHR
200410 - HealthConnect Newsletter
200410 - Wooding - HealthConnect
200411 - Implementation Approach
200412 - Business Arch V19
200412 - HealthConnect Overview - Update
200501 - Benefits Realisation Framework
200501 - Legal Analysis for HealthConnect
200501 - MediConnect Evaluation
200504 - External Analysis HealthConnect
200504 - Lessons Learnt Summary Report
200507 - Changed Implement Approach
200507 - Formal Implementation Strategy Change
200508 - Abbott Speech - Abandons HealthConnect
200508 - More Implementation Planning Change
200510 - HealthConnect Conference (Confirming Essentially Zero Implementation Progress)
200512 - Abbot Concern Speech (So much spent – so little progress)
200512 – Last HealthConnect Newsletter
200606 - E-Health Newsletter (No longer even HealthConnect)
What is revealed is a seven year saga that ultimately led nowhere!
The waste of enthusiasm, hope and money ($200 million or so probably) is really a tragedy.
It is up to the new Rudd government to do much better that this. I certainly hope they will really learn from this history and develop a strategy and implementation approach that can really work.
They must also not let NEHTA try to repeat what has already failed – as they seem to be intending with their reported COAG submission.
As we move into 2008 – with a new government - I have great hope this may be beginning of a new e-Health era for Australia.
We will see!
Happy New Year to All!