This blog is totally independent, unpaid and has only three major objectives.
The first is to inform readers of news and happenings in the e-Health domain, both here in Australia and world-wide.
The second is to provide commentary on e-Health in Australia and to foster improvement where I can.
The third is to encourage discussion of the matters raised in the blog so hopefully readers can get a balanced view of what is really happening and what successes are being achieved.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
It Seems Someone is Having Great Fun Spending Our Money! Pretty Sad.
THE Gillard government is "burning $1 million a day" to deliver its personally controlled electronic health record system on time and is sending coding work to India in the process.
The National E-Health Transition Authority head of PCEHR implementation, Andrew Howard, said the Accenture consortium was "on track" to deliver a key part of the program's national infrastructure by February 1.
That should set the scene for delivery of an operational system by the July 1 deadline, he said.
"Over the Christmas break, Accenture has been extremely busy building out software," Mr Howard told a vendors web-based seminar. "We're building some of the code offshore in India, and the Indians didn't take a break over the Christmas period. So I'm pleased to say that Accenture is on track to deploy release 1a to us early next month."
Mr Howard said NEHTA was working on some "incredibly tight" timelines. "Everyone says that about every project, but the reality here is we are literally burning around $1m a day at the moment pushing this program through . . . getting things out the door," he said.