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Thursday, August 23, 2012

It Seems There Is More Activity On Patient Safety From The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

There was a newsletter released a day or so ago. On page 4 we read.

e-health update

Ensuring clinical safety remains a key objective for the operation of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system.

The Commission, working with NeHTA, has established an independent clinical governance group which aims to provide assurance to health care consumers, providers and the system operator that the PCEHR is a safe and efficient system.

Additionally, the Commission will establish a clinical safety audit program under the guidance of clinical governance group.

----- End Extract

I wonder who is on the group or is this another sop to political correctness. Look forward to some clarity on all this.

This seems to be a link:


Here are the contact details:

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Tel (02) 9126 3600 Fax (02) 9126 3613

Level 7, 1 Oxford Street,

Darlinghurst NSW 2010

GPO Box 5480 Sydney NSW 2001

Can I suggest that if you have a view on having a Board for the Commission (and group) with no apparent specialist e-Health expertise undertaking this role you may want to e-mail them or give them a call to encourage a better job than we have seen from NEHTA (with all the secret and useless documents) to date.
I wonder will we see some more useful stuff from these people? We wait and watch.

Here is the link to what the web site says about e-health safety. Not much to re-assure I can see:



Anonymous said...

Well the widespread pubic consultation on e-health safety by the Commission before it got going on this enterprise, and its advertising to the public for governance board membership applications, based on merit, both gave me great confidence that they are going to do well and take this seriously.

Oh, sorry, that didn't happen. Again. Shame.

Dr David More MB PhD FACHI said...

To me the problem is we have 3 paragraphs and no concrete indication of who and what, if you take my drift.

Surely a list of the Governance Board Members etc would be useful.


Anonymous said...

We will never be show that membership list I bet, for there would then be criticism of the complete lack of its expertise in this highly specialised and emerging area. And we cant be open to public scrutiny can we, if we are a pubic organisation? Remember when 'open disclosure' was a cornerstone of the patient safety movement? Its been bureaucratised now. That's gone. Yet bureaucrats never are embarrassed by these contradictions.