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Thursday, February 04, 2010

What A Giggle – Making Money from the Mess in E-Health in OZ!

The following turned up today. A very interesting report if you want to pay.

A bit rich for this poor blogger!

Report Available

National eHealth strategy progress in Australia

PDF Format

Published : January 2010

No.of Pages : 26

For more than a decade Australia has been looking to establishing a national eHealth system. After many reviews, reports and an estimated A$5 billion expended on various eHealth initiatives, the country is no closer to realisation of a national approach to eHealth. Vendors selling into this market are advised to remain focused on local and regional opportunities rather than waiting for a mythical national eHealth gravy train to leave the station.

Table of Contents :


In a nutshell

Executive overview

It is a challenge to see the wood for the trees

The size of the Australian health sector

National-level eHealth governance bodies

eHealth strategy documents are on the table

Two schools of thought on the health record

Progress, though slow, on individual healthcare identifiers

Disappointment at COAG

The national broadband network is unlikely to accelerate eHealth in the near term

eHealth therefore remains a local and regional game in Australia for the foreseeable future

The Australian health sector structure

Health sector structure

Expenditure and funding

Health sector by the numbers

Governance mechanisms

Government policy and eHealth

National eHealth strategy

National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission recommendations relating to eHealth

NEHTA and its role in the eHealth strategy agenda

NEHTA’s proposed role

The road to implementation

Funding the eHealth agenda

NHHRC costings

Deloitte eHealth strategy costings:

An instructive example: the case of NSW Health

Electronic health records

Two schools of thought on the health record

The health-practitioner-controlled record

The person-controlled health record

The need for a unique identifier

Council of Australian Governments meeting

eHealth and the National Broadband Network



List of Tables :

Table 1: Numbers employed in health occupations in Australia, 2006

Table 2: Cost estimates – foundations work stream

Table 3: Cost estimates – solutions work stream

Table 4: Cost estimates - change and adoption work stream

Table 5: Cost estimates - governance work stream

Table 6: Proposed priority eHealth solutions

Here is the link to the report.


It costs $US1495.00!

26 pages – we all know all this and what can one say? – Hardly value for money,

Not in a fit would I pay for this – not that it would not be fun to read.

The summary does certainly suggest they do, however, know – like OVUM (or is this their report at extra cost?) – what a mess we are in!

See here:


And does anyone think NEHTA and DoHA have any responsibility for any of this negative reporting on poor old OZ? Well, I sure do!


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