Friday, October 02, 2009

NEHTA Announces A Strategic Plan for 2009-2012.

The following release appeared today.

News Release

The National E-Health Transition Authority Releases its Strategic Plan (2009-2012)

2 October 2009.

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has released its Strategic Plan (2009-2012).

The plan outlines how NEHTA will fulfil its mission to lead the progression of e-health in Australia.

NEHTA Chief Executive Peter Fleming said: "The release of the National E-Health Strategy in December 2008 outlined four major strategic streams of activity: foundations, e-health solutions, change and adoption, governance.

"NEHTA has considered its future work program based on the National Strategy and other important work completed this year including the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission recommendations.

"As a result we have produced our Strategic Plan to clearly show our stakeholders across the health sector the directions we are taking to drive the take-up and adoption of e-health.

"We are pleased to receive comments on the Strategy which is publicly available," Mr Fleming said.

"The Strategy outlines four strategic priorities that define our role in adoption and implementation," Mr Fleming said.

They are:

1. Urgently develop the essential foundations required to enable e-health. This priority stresses the need to deliver essential e-health services such as Healthcare Identifiers, secure messaging and authentication, and a clinical terminology and information service. These will form the backbone of Australia's e-health systems.

2. Coordinate the progression of the priority e-health solutions and processes. Some e-health solutions and processes provide the greatest opportunity to improve health practice and deliver benefit. Priorities include referrals and discharge, pathology and diagnostic imaging and medications management.

3. Accelerate the adoption of e-health. It is critical to increase the awareness and uptake of e-health initiatives by the various stakeholder groups, through collaboration and communication programs, incentives and implementation support.

4. Lead the progression of e-health in Australia. This priority reflects that NEHTA has a significant role in leading the direction of the current and future state of e-health in Australia, including future initiatives and the impacts on privacy and policy.

The Strategic Plan (2009 - 2012) is available for all stakeholders and interested parties at

www.nehta.gov.au

ENDS

On the website we have the following:

The National E-Health Transition Authority Strategic Plan (2009-2012)

The NEHTA Strategic Plan outlines how we will fulfil our mission to lead the progression of e-health in Australia.

The release of the Government’s National E-Health Strategy in December 2008 outlined four major strategic streams of activity: foundations, e-health solutions, change and adoption, governance.

We have considered our future work program based on the National Strategy and other important work completed this year including the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission recommendations.

As a result the NEHTA Strategic Plan has been developed to clearly show our stakeholders across the health sector the directions we are taking to drive the take-up and adoption of e-health nationally.

The Strategy outlines four strategic priorities that define our role in adoption and implementation. They are:

1. Urgently develop the essential foundations required to enable e-health. This priority stresses the need to deliver essential e-health services such as Healthcare Identifiers, secure messaging and authentication, and a clinical terminology and information service. These will form the backbone of Australia’s e-health systems.

2. Coordinate the progression of the priority e-health solutions and processes. Some e-health solutions and processes provide the greatest opportunity to improve health practice and deliver benefit. Priorities include referrals and discharge, pathology and diagnostic imaging and medications management.

3. Accelerate the adoption of e-health. It is critical to increase the awareness and uptake of e-health initiatives by the various stakeholder groups, through collaboration and communication programs, incentives and implementation support.

4. Lead the progression of e-health in Australia. This priority reflects that NEHTA has a significant role in leading the direction of the current and future state of e-health in Australia, including future initiatives and the impacts on privacy and policy.

As the NEHTA Strategy is now publicly available, all feedback is welcome.

See below to read the NEHTA Strategic Plan (2009–2012)

http://www.nehta.gov.au/component/docman/doc_download/840-nehta-strategic-plan-2009-2012

Comments to follow.

David.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

First pass analysis word occurrence makes for an interesting way to jump around the document.

0 Computer
0 Jurisdiction
0 Environment
0 Developer
0 Govern
0 Practitioner
0 Advisory
0 Government
0 Minister

1 Culture
1 Hospital
1 Department
1 Technology
1 Medicine

2 Board
2 Dispensing
2 Scripts
2 Consulting
2 Help
2 Guidance

3 Referral
3 Medicines
4 Radiology
5 ereferral
5 edischarge
5 Advice
6 Peak
6 Prescribing
6 Consultation
7 Software
8 Imaging
8 Collaborate
8 Engage
8 State
9 Discharge
9 Consumer
9 Prescriptions
11 Governance
12 Pathology, e-Pathology
13 Vendor
16 Medication
16 Community
19 Transfer
31 Collaboration
34 Plan

101 Strategic
127 Information
412 Health (includes eHealth (16), e-Health (209))

Anonymous said...

Mmm - do I detect a 'change'. It does look on first glance as though the hospitals and state jurisdictions have been pushed down the peg a bit in terms of 'level of importance' and the primary care environment seems to have been pushed a little close to the top of the pile in terms of 'importance and elevance' or am I reading too much into it?

It also looks as though some of the 'old' names of the last few years have been relegated a little lower in the pecking order (or else moved out the door) and some new' names have begun to appear.

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting, well constructed document. It needs to be read in the context of the Deloitte National eHealth Strategy to which it refers. Unfortunately the full unexpurgated version of the Deloitte document is not publicly available which tends to therefore to render some important aspevcts of the NEHTA document questionnable without the reader having access to the deloitte Strategy.

Why is it that these people spend so much time and effort putting together a strategy document for NEHTA whilst undermining their entire case by referring to another pivotal document to which no-one has access? It is mind boggling and it raises questions about their inability to deal with such an obvious omission.

The other particularly striking observation is that there seems to be no clear evidence NEHTA has any understanding of how to engage the vendor community to help it achieve its goals. The closest one can come to perhaps grasping some insight into this is 'possibly' contained in the Supplementary Documents Supplements A-H.

But where are they. The supplements [Current as of 30 September 2009] hopefully will provide a better understanding of how well NEHTA has grasped the issues relevant to each niche sector:

Consumers
Health Jurisidctions
General Practice
Community Pharmacy
Community Radiology
Community Pathology
Allied health
Aged Care.

If they are Current as of 30 September 2009 where are they?

Could you please point us to where they may be found. And if they cannot be found does that mean they are not current?

Anonymous said...

My guess is they more than likely are not current. Only NEHTA can tell us. I would prefer to believe it was just another of those inexplicable oversights that in the rush to publish the strategy they overlooked the supporting documentation.

Dr David More MB, PhD, FACHI said...

I guess we will all know by the end of next week. Either they will publish or we will know there is something to hide or whatever.

David.