Here is the release e-mail.
There was only limited response from COAG around e-health and no feedback other than acknowledgement of receipt from the PM, despite the opportunity presented by being in the same place (broadband forum) last week and so it would seem sensible to make our letter public.
Although the PM did say supportive things in his speech and interestingly Jane Halton came out in the forum saying there were only two things she wanted to get up in her current tenure they were improvement in Aboriginal health and e-health! This is the strongest statement I have heard from the Department.
Please use whatever channels at your disposal to make the contents of the letter known (attached for convenience).
Dr Michael Legg, PhD FAICD FAIM FACHI MACS(PCP) ARCPA
President, Health Informatics Society of Australia
The letter can be downloaded from here:
Of course, Ms Halton then went on to say there was no money and she would have to rob Peter to pay Paul.
That perspective just reveals how 'detached from reality' Ms Halton and her Minister and PM are. Has no on pointed out to them investments in Health IT actually make money and improve quality and efficiency over the longer term.
Investment of this sort is a core Government function in my view! That's what her e-Health Strategy (that she has been spruiking) says at least!
The CeH letter is a good one and should be taken notice of.
The CeH can be found here:
Bah Humbug! And so close to Christmas.