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Quote Of The Year - Paul Shetler - "Its not Your Health Record it's a Government Record Of Your Health Information"

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Top 8 Posts for 2010 - It is Interesting What it is that Excites the Desire to Read a Blog Post?

Click on the links to browse the full post. This order is provided by Feedburner.

And the Winner - with an astonishing 1431 page reads is;!


Sometimes Politicians Really Comes Out With Rubbish. This Is One of the Worst.

The following appeared today.

Roxon demands Coalition admits it was wrong on e-health

HEALTH Minister Nicola Roxon will seek an admission from the Coalition that it was wrong on e-health.

She will also seek Coalition support for health IT measures in the new parliament.

"The Coalition does not believe in e-health," she told The Australian.

Coming in at No 2 we have:


Talk About Not Being Able To Organise a Party in a Brewery - More Overpromising and Under-delivering It Would Seem!

The following appeared on the weekend:

MyHospitals on a waiting list: private sector keen to launch its own initiative

  • Adam Creswell, Health editor
  • From: The Australian
  • October 30, 2010 12:00AM

A BRAVE new world of public hospital transparency seemed to be on the horizon following the election of the Rudd government in 2007.

A perception that was encouraged by Labor's most senior figures.

Truculent states would have their heads knocked together, seemed to be the message; and they were required for the first time to divulge information that would allow an unprecedented level of scrutiny of public hospital performance.

And for No 3 we have:


SA Health Takes A Risky Path. A Recently Merged Company With Little Australian Experience.

The following press release appeared a few days ago.


South Australia's Public Health System Selects Allscripts as Vendor of Choice for 80-Hospital Electronic Health Record Project

SA Health Cites Allscripts Success with International Healthcare Organizations

Sunrise™ Enterprise Implementation to Provide Foundation for Improved Quality, Efficiency of Care

CHICAGO and ADELAIDE, Australia, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- SA Health, the public health system of South Australia, today named Allscripts as the Vendor of Choice (VOC) for a strategic initiative to improve patient care, satisfaction and clinical workflow across its network of hospitals and health clinics. SA Health plans to deploy the Sunrise Enterprise™ 5.5 suite of advanced clinical, access management and financial solutions.

And for No 4 we have:


The View From The E-Health Front Line. One Man’s View.

This is what I found to be a wonderful note from someone on the ground. Posted with his permission. (It is in note form - but the intent is clear!)

---- Begin E-Mail.


Thanks for your article in the AUSTRALIAN this weekend.

Have visited http://www.aushealthit.blogspot.com/

Could not see where/how to add to the blog discussion.

As a medico about to retire [at 65] and having spent some 36 years in anaesthetics, may I comment:

Commenced a Health Informatics course with UTAS ... which disappointed me as the curriculum ran out of steam.

Prof did not even answer my letter.

And next as No 5 we have:


The Secret Event To Which You are Probably Not Invited. The Arrogance and Exclusivity Of These Incompetents is Just Amazing!

This e-mail was sent out today to the select few - not me that is for sure.

Revolutionising Australia’s Health Care

Dear Prof. xxxxx

The Department of Health and Ageing has the pleasure of inviting you to attend the upcoming National e-health Conference to be held on Tuesday 30 November and Wednesday 1 December 2010, at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.

This Conference is an important opportunity for stakeholders to discuss how e-health and telehealth will drive the delivery of health care into the future, including the personally controlled electronic health record system.

Over two days, compelling speakers will lead the conversation through plenary sessions, while subject matter specialists will lead streams that focus on the national e-health agenda. The full conference agenda will be made available shortly.

No 6 is:


Now Here Is a Job I Would Avoid Like the Plague!

An interesting advertisement appeared in first few pages of the Financial Review today.

Director E-Health and ICT Strategy.

Client in NSW Health.

The job has (they say):

- A Strategic Leadership Role

- A Complex Dynamic Environment

- A Local Role with National Agenda

It seems NSW Health have decided to create a new Branch in the Health Department and the Branch is to play a key role in ‘positioning NSW at the forefront of the National E-Health Agenda’

Success will apparently develop a State Wide Resource for Strategic Expert Advice to the health system.

Somehow this sounds remarkably like the Information Resource Management Centre (IRMC) which was established a little over 20 years ago at NSW Health. Since then the place has been re-organised at least five times I can recall!

No 7 turns out to be:


NEHTA Unaccountability Just Rolls On. It Is A Serious Worry I Believe.

The following appeared yesterday.

NEHTA HR bill off limits

  • Karen Dearne
  • From: Australian IT
  • October 20, 2010 3:10PM

OPPOSITION calls for details of the National E-Health Transition Authority's spending have once again been rebuffed by the Health Department.

In replies to outstanding Senate estimates questions from June 3, Health yesterday released year-old figures for NEHTA's expenditure on contractors and consultants.

With Health back before the Community Affairs committee today and e-health matters on the agenda for tonight at an estimates hearing, Health belatedly supplied information from NEHTA's 2008-09 annual report, published last October 29, among a flurry of answers over the past week which saw the portfolio file expand from around 230 pages to 772 by the close of business yesterday.

And lucky last No 8 is:


What Needs To Come From the Planned E-Health Summit? A Clear Way Forward Would be a Good Start!

A short while ago (October 28, 2010) Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced there would be an e-Health Conference (or Summit) - Revolutionising Australia’s Health Care held in late November 2010.

In announcing the Summit she confirmed that she and Minister Conroy would be speaking she said that the e-Health Summit will take place on the 30 November and 1 December at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre. Attendees are to be “the nation’s leading health experts, consumer groups and information technology specialists who will come together to discuss the technological revolution in the delivery of health care” The full press release is available on the Department of Health web site.

The stimulus for having the Summit is explained in the following two sentences from the release. “The Gillard Government is investing almost $470 million to introduce e-health across the health system – including the introduction of personally controlled electronic health records to be rolled out from July 2012,” and “This investment will build upon the $392 million committed to modernise the health system by providing Medicare rebates for online consultations across a range of specialties for the first time.”

They have all been good fun. I wonder what will make next year’s list!

I hope 2011 is a good!


1 comment:

Brian Flaherty said...

Does Nicola Roxon have a thorough grasp of her
portfolio. The Health Dept is run by Jane Halton.