Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Level Of Negative Publicity And Opinion On The NEHRS Seems To Be Rising And The Media Seems To Be Noticing.

These two articles appeared in the last few days.

Numbers for eHealth lagging

By Tim Barlass
Feb. 17, 2013, midnight
THE federal government's controversial eHealth system to get the nation's medical records available online has had a dismal uptake from the public and the medical profession.
The scheme has been compared to the government's bungled roof insulation system by the Coalition's eHealth spokesman, Andrew Southcott, who called it ''Pink Batts on steroids''.
The eHealth scheme was launched with fanfare in July, with an advertising truck touring Australia to encourage 500,000 people to register in the first year. The Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek, declared: ''We estimate eHealth will save the federal government around $11 billion over 15 years. That's pretty good bang for your buck.''
But the bang appears to have turned to a fizzle after a parliamentary estimates committee was told that only 56,761 people had registered.
Mr Southcott said that of 560,000 health practitioners nationwide, 1325 had registered.
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(Note: there are copies of this all over the web as it is syndicated by Rural Press - part of Fairfax)
This comment is pretty telling:
“Mr Southcott said: ''We are three years down the track with almost $1 billion spent and nothing to show for it. It's Pink Batts on steroids.''
Second we have this:

Doctors shun e-health records scheme

  • News Limited Network
  • February 14, 2013 11:30PM
LESS than 1 per cent of the nation's health practitioners have signed up to the $1 billion e-health scheme aimed at providing patients with electronic records of their medicines, test results and medicines.
And the 56,000 patients who have registered for a record are getting nothing, because doctors can't yet upload their health details.
The Personally Controlled e-Health record went live eight months ago in July, but most doctors still can't use it even though their software has been updated.
One GP told News Limited he crashed the entire computer system for practice when he tried to upload just one e-health record.
"After almost a billion dollars spent on the PCEHR, it defies belief how little progress has been made," he said.
Bureaucrats confirmed they were racing to get legal advice after a US e-health company said it was investigating whether the Australian government had infringed its patents.
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The comments seem rather well informed.

Comments (3)

  • Brent of Adelaide Posted at 12:38 PM February 15, 2013
Yet another failure by the Labor Government. It's a dumb idea and will continue to fail spectacularly. With no load on the system it crashes, what will happen when/if they double up the usage? That would still be less than 2% of medical professionals and 0.5% of patients.
  • JG of adelaide Posted at 8:05 AM February 15, 2013
1 billion plus, & the system still isn't totally online & performing. Then it turns out there may be copyright issues. This is just one more in a long list of "stuff ups" & incompetence from this government. Its beyond belief that anyone would consider voting them back! Its going to take more than a generation, & some major finacial pain for this country to return to any level of finacial success! Role on September.
  • Tired & Grumpy Rural Doc of Yorke Peninsula Posted at 7:06 AM February 15, 2013
Given the bungles with the UKs NHS 'spine' eRecords system, can you blame docs for being suspicious. The last thing anyone wants is confidential medical info plastered over the net, or unauthorised access. There will be advantages to a PCEHR...but the system is not ready. So that is a billion wasted by Govt...who refuse to listen to the doctors. Madness.
The bottom line of all this seems  to be building concern and increasing awareness of the fact that the NEHRS is not delivering as promised and an increasing level of publicity - after a considerable period of distinct media ‘stillness’ - which is quite telling.
The outcome of the MMRGlobal patent review may also be relevant in terms of raising awareness of the NEHRS and its current situation and prospects.
With an election only seven months away I suspect the time to get weaving fixing all these issues has already passed.
We are likely to have a pretty interesting six months I reckon.


Anonymous said...

Don't worry about how much money has been spent Wayne Swann has lots more to throw around where that came from. One of the best Treasurer's Australia has ever had according to him.

Anonymous said...

I didn't mind when they primed the economy for local construction business.

But in ehealth, when they gave $154m to the international companies to pocket and front with a pathetic, overpriced bug ridden portal that has in essence no clinical use at all I was gobsmacked and annoyed!

Now they are sprouting about how they can help local SMEs, well its too late now, in fact its $154m too late for the taxpayer and the local ehealth industry!

As for the other crowd, they are just as bad if not worse!

I wonder if Tanya Plibersek will get any questions on this debacle tomorrow night on Q & A.

Anonymous said...

Let's not let the truth get in the way of a good story, and the more we repeat it, the more true it becomes.

We have the billion dollar PCEHR claim again...who wants to have a go at doing a breakdown?

Claims that there are over 560K health professionals....this number includes chiropractors and chinese medical practitioners so let's get serious.

It is also dominated by a large cohort of qualified allied health professionals, many of whom don't use clinical software of any kind - so are we to believe that magically these folks will be interacting with the PCEHR at this point, when highly computerised GPs are only just starting to be connected on the back of the first ePIP deadline?

Anonymous said...

I think the allied health professionals are a key component of coordinating care, especially for the targetted cohorts (chronic disease, aged care, people discharged back to the community), and would benefit enormously just be being able to view the record through the clinical portal. Your statement that they don't use clinical software of any kind is wrong - they are actually quite sophisticated, just very underfunded. We may see them registering in droves when things like discharge summaries are available.

Anonymous said...

Ref article "NEHTA shrugs off" MMRGlobal patent claims. Not sure Mr. Fleming talked to his staff before answering Senate Estimate questions.

Anonymous said...

Makes you think that Reinecke got out while the going was good.

Anonymous said...

LOL, Looks like there is a fox in the hen house; patent attorney for MMRGlobal is working for DoHA. Conflict of Interest forced them to drop MMRGlobal as a client. Question is, did they fail to review their own submitted patents working for DoHA? Even give DoHA/NEHTA a clean IP bill of health?