I don’t plan to make this a habit but this Comment was so spot on I really felt it needed to be brought more into the open!
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"NEHTA would like to offer Software Vendors the opportunity to participate in a 1 day workshop to review the Draft Electronic Transfer of Prescription (ETP) Release 1.0 package."
I really am at a total loss to see what intrinsically concrete value NEHTA can bring to the table that is worth giving any attention to.
Look at it this way. The Gov't (DOHA) and NEHTA have been left behind in the dust by the two private script exchanges. It will be impossible for Gov't and/or NEHTA to claw back the initiative and lead the way. Therefore, whatever 'stuff' NEHTA pontificates on will be just that - 'stuff' - stuff that the private exchange vendors can look at, consider at their leisure, take on board any ideas that they like, reject what they don't like, continue to develop and expand their services, lock-in their growing customer base, compete with each other, and find ways to make Gov't pay the price they seek to be involved in their exchange services.
Tell me how NEHTA can in any way influence this outcome in any meaningful way.
Tell me how NEHTA can become relevant in the ETP space.
And above all - tell me why NEHTA should continue receiving bucketloads of our hard earned dollars to pontificate over the ETP space where it would seem NEHTA has absolutely no way of exercising any real influence on the outcomes despite its misguided wishful thinking to the contrary.
Sunday, November 22, 2009 12:35:48 PM
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Can I say these all seem to me to be very fair questions!
Some of these commenters really should start their own blogs – but they are probably smart enough to realize that is a career ending, and very time consuming step!
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Since then we have had two more comments – both of which continue the theme.
Your last commentator makes some very good points, particularly "How can NEHTA become relevant in the ETP space".
That is an excellent question. Does anyone know the answer?
Could NEHTA please give us the answer?
I doubt anyone can provide an answer to the above question. As in so many areas of endeavour market forces will eventually prevail. Even Peter Fleming said as much when he stated recently that he was very excited that two script exchanges had started up and that NEHTA was looking forward to working with them. What influence does he think NEHTA can possibly have on what they do? Surely it's time to come clean.
David, in the context of the private ETPs, do you know if NEHTA has documented answers to the following basic questions:
- this is what we can do?
- this is what we will do? and by when.
- this is how we will do it? and with whom.
- this is the impact we will have as a consequence.
All these are very good questions and I don’t have the answers! Maybe one of the NEHTA readers could pass them on to the relevant people and post a response?
And as a second little postscript:
I wondered about why I missed the meeting notification from NEHTA and then I noticed the following.
From Wed 18 Oct 2009 15:35:05 +1000
From: NEHTA RSS <>
Date: Wed 18 Oct 2009 15:35:05 +1000
Delivery-Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 15:46:51
Subject: Invitation to particpate in Electronic Transfer of Preescription workshop
Content-Type: text/html; charset="iso-8859-1"
Invitation to particpate in Electronic Transfer of Preescription workshop
This is what my RSS feed from NEHTA gave me: A month delay and riddled with typos.
Seems I was not alerted about the meeting in a timely fashion – not that I would want to attend for the reasons outlined above!
And in late breaking news – for all those planning to attend the Forum has now been moved to December 1 and to the Stamford Airport Hotel at KSA (Sydney Airport). Talk about the inability to organise a large drinking party in a brewery with unlimited funds – or equivalent!