I was quite impressed a couple of months ago when I saw that NEHTA had announced a range of quite detailed plans with respect to implementation of the Health Identifier Service and the PCEHR.
It now being January, 2011 I thought I would see how things were going.
What did I find?
As far as sector plans on HI Implementation.
In Aged Care not much has happened.
In the Primary Care Sector we were promised a finalised and published Sector Plan by December 2010. That has not happened.
The same thing was also to have happened in the Private Hospital Sector by December 2010. Sadly nope too.
As far as the efforts of the States and Territories:
Tasmania has not been updated since October 2010.
In the ACT we have testing underway with Medicare. No update since November 2010.
As far as can be told a kick off meeting has been held to get e-referrals underway and no more progress is noted.
As far as Victoria is concerned the rush for PCEHR money is well and truly underway:
- Func Spec (final) - December 2010
- Tech Spec (final) - December 2010
- Best Practice Guide - December 2010
- Next phase planning artefacts - December 2010
- Specification Requirements for P&CMS (initially iSOFT draft) - Withdrawn
- Cost Estimates - Withdrawn
Sounds just a bit off the rails and as though NEHTA is not actually driving down there in Victoria. (I wonder what "withdrawn" means and who is taking over if anyone?)
So overall none of the deliverables seem to have been delivered on time. Indeed as far as I can tell there is not a single public deliverable so far! We can all now quietly wait to see just how long it is before delivery does occur.
This is not the level of delivery and communication we should see from such a large and well-funded organisation.
Oh and by the way, in the interests of some form of accountability it would be good if NEHTA posted on each web page the date of last update. To have all this material and have no clue as to how old it is, is really ridiculous!
NEHTA are famous for obfuscating information releases, not actually saying when delivery is actually achieved (the HI Service is hardly doing much yet) and communicating what is actually going on. This is a modus operandi which will see them ultimately fail I believe, both organisationally and in delivery of anything that is actually usefully implemented.