Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Year In Retrospect - What Was Most Read for the Year? And What Next?

With the year winding down I thought it would be fun to look back at the most popular posts for the year.
Here are the top six in terms of numbers of pageviews as of today December, 18, 2011
Sep 13, 2011, 15 comments - 1,071 Pageviews
Jan 18, 2011, 40 comments - 701 Pageviews
Mar 7, 2011, 26 comments - 627 Pageviews
Jul 20, 2011, 7 comments - 620 Pageviews
Dec 20, 2010, 12 comments - 598 Pageviews
Jan 11, 2011, 26 comments - 579 Pageviews
It does seem the most interest is generated by comments regarding Government efforts and in particular NEHTA.
For me the major theme for the year has been to try and get the PCEHR program to just take a breath and see if with a little more time spent - and possibly an architectural re-think - maybe something really good could flow from the investment that is being undertaken.
From all the feedback I get it does seem there are many in the Industry, and indeed within NEHTA itself, who would really like to see the change of Health Minister as an opportunity to call a ‘time-out’ to reassess and re-calibrate what is planned.
This is certainly the view expressed here:

All eyes on new Health Minister Tanya Plibersek

  • by: Karen Dearne
  • From: Australian IT
  • December 13, 2011 12:00AM
OUTGOING health minister Nicola Roxon's elevation to top legal officer has a bitter sting in the tail for health consumer and privacy advocates she will take on "additional responsibility for Privacy and Freedom of Information".
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has, however, seen fit to remove cyber security policy from the new Attorney-General’s portfolio, while responsibility for national security research and innovation will move from the PM’s purview to Defence.
Ms Gillard’s cabinet reshuffle may allow the government to sidestep an embarrassing failure of Ms Roxon’s $500 million personally controlled e-health record system, due for launch next July 1.
With just six months to go, key specifications are undecided, key components – notably the National Authentication Service for Health transactions – are years from completion, while construction is yet to start on the core infrastructure.
But Ms Roxon has been sniping at largely volunteer groups for months over their demands for proper consultation over the PCEHR project, while critical technical and clinical safety concerns have been brushed aside.
Lots more here:
There is no doubt this opinion piece has certainly got the paid NEHTA bloggers all in a lather! To me it is simply expressing the same sentiments I expressed just before the official announcement last week.
See here:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Big Changes For Health Ministry Coming Is The Rumour. Might Change The E-Health Game.

It seems Plibersek, The Hon Tanya, Member for Sydney is about to replace Ms Nicola Roxon as the Health Minister.
The implications of this may very well be to get DoHA / NEHTA out of a very big hole with an excuse to now change strategy, objectives and timelines in the e-Health space.
Surely Minister Plibersek will take a golden opportunity to sort out a potential festering mess. Time will tell.
What I said then still stands and it would be good to see something come in the next month that clarifies if sanity will prevail or the madness is to continue! A lot of careers, jobs and people’s lives rest on the right decision

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