The Healthelink Project, which was to provide a prototype for a Shared EHR for NSW has essentially imploded.
Information provided to this blog confidentially confirms both the number of participants in the project and their information transmission activities have both fallen through the floor over the last 12 months! To protect sources I can’t provide much detail concerning the evidence I have seen, but it is clear and dramatic and confirms what I have been saying for a good while. Sadly HealtheLink is such a badly wounded animal that it really now needs to be helped to pass to a much better place!
Visiting the site we find:
30th June 2010
103,190 individuals have now been enrolled into Healthelink.
30th April 2010
100,567 individuals have now been enrolled into Healthelink.
31st January 2010
95,136 individuals have now been enrolled into Healthelink.
This shows that despite even the draconian opt out approach very few are getting involved and it is so bad no statistics have been released in six months.
You can explore the project web site here:
Here are a few selected links from over the years on this debacle.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
The Slow Demise of Health-E-Link
It’s been another bad day for e-Health In Australia.
Today we learned that the NSW HealthConnect Trial for NSW - the Health-E-Link project is coming apart for the most basic of reasons - the lack of proper involvement and consultation of healthcare providers and consumers.
It seems that NSW Health has been so keen to get the project operational they have altered NSW Health Information Privacy regulations - to the annoyance of many who are interested in the issue - and have also failed to sign up the local doctors before attempting to 'go live'.
The rest is here:
Thursday, October 26, 2006
“This software is specifically for internal Hospital use and has nothing really directly to do with the Healthelink project which I understand is still battling with the issues raised by the Privacy Foundation and which threatens to become a considerable white elephant.”
Here is the full blog:
Sunday, November 26, 2006
“I am afraid this project has all the signs of a project that is on the ropes. I hope not since it has taken so long to get this far. In many ways I am not surprised. As those who have read this blog for a while will know I have always been convinced that the complexities and difficulties associated with shared summary electronic health records have been very underestimated.
Maybe a strategic re-think and revision of the privacy approach can grab victory from the jaws of defeat. I hope so.”
Full article here:
Second last here:
Summary Evaluation Report of NSW HealtheLink Finally Released.
For your reading pleasure the following was pointed out today.
This report presents the results of an evaluation of the Healthelink electronic health record (EHR) pilot. This report was prepared by KPMG. It focuses on the implementation, functioning and performance of the Healthelink EHR pilot from the time of its commencement in March 2006 to September 2008.
The site is located here:
Bit of a pity – yet again – we have a summary report – because citizens are not grown up enough to be allowed the full truth!
Full blog here:
Last there is this - and this one which needs to be read in full!
Depending on who you trust this project has cost between $20 and $40 million, has not saved a single life anyone knows about and is now a dying white elephant.
See here to discover how this has been running since 2001!
The project was a failure, among a very long list, for lack of clinician and public consultation, the lack or usable systems and all round arrogance and secrecy from the NSW Health hierarchy.
Amazingly the NSW Government is apparently going to spend a huge $1.2 million on making this fiasco compatible with the PCEHR and NEHTA Standards. Why bother one asks. It has not worked in 5 years so what will change that now!
From Ms Roxon we have:
“The state governments of the three states will also join this partnership to drive e-health forward in these communities. The Queensland Government has committed $1.2 million of in-kind support to GP Partners. The NSW Government has also committed $1.2 million to support the initiative and will work with the National E-Health Transition Authority to integrate their Healthelink pilot program with the national rollout.”
Full release here:
If ever there was a ‘dead parrot’ this is it! First act of the new NSW Health Minister - after the March 2011 election - should be to just put it out of its misery.
The PCEHR will work out worse than this and cost a great deal more in my view - as it is the same incompetent collection of idiots who still run e-Health policy in Australia, and who refuse to learn the lessons of global experience that I try to provide here on the blog.
Watch and wait and see! No good will come of the PCEHR without a radical rethink!