Australian eHealth a step closer with successful trial of Secure Message Delivery
Maybe if the NEHTA Chair and DoH provided some funds and support to the small businesses involved here (the GP system providers and the secure message providers) and actually knew how to distinguish between problems and solutions around drug side effects, clinical messaging and the ‘billion dollar’ database systems we might get somewhere.
To suggest all the problems - or even a majority of the problems - with medication errors relates to e-health communication deficiencies is just fanciful. Quality prescribing systems, clinical decision support and so on are way more important than communication between providers - not, of course, that it should be ignored. Medication errors are a multi-headed problem that needs a wide range of improvements to address.
Additionally the technologies to do what is actually needed to facilitate communications between clinicians and hospitals already exist. What is needed is to provide the rationale and incentives for adoption and use via leadership, persuasion and demonstration of benefit. Blaming the technology providers is a classic ‘blame the victim’ approach.
The key problem is we have a ginormous public e-Health database which no-one feels has a great deal to offer without fundamental changes which is draining huge resources and a small private e-Health sector which brims with capability and just needs a little encouragement and support.
It is a great pity that we don’t have balanced coherent supportive advocacy and leadership that sees the big picture and fosters real clinician friendly progress!