Sunday, August 28, 2016
The New ADHA CEO Speaks At CEDA Session On Integrated Care - A Must Watch Presentation And Q&A.
The ADHA alerted us regarding this presentation during the week.
Here is the announcement:
Created on Thursday, 25 August 2016
Australian Digital Health Agency CEO, Tim Kelsey, recently presented to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) on the role of digital in the integration of health services.
Watch the presentation below from the CEDA event:
The direct link to the relevant page is here:
The associated text is as follows:
The CEDA 2016 Health services series in Queensland builds on leading thinking and on CEDA's past work analysing sector trends, reform, economic impacts, data driven policy and care service integration.
Locally, nationally and internationally there is a pressing social and economic demand for the design and delivery of efficient, sustainable health services and ever improving health outcomes.
Remarkable reform work is being undertaken with new systems, new technologies and data driven decisions and prioritisation transforming healthcare. There is much still to be done as we work to keep healthcare at the cutting edge of medical science, to ensure health services are convenient, connected, well informed and designed and funded for the future.
This CEDA event was held in Brisbane on 23 August, 2016.
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First the description of the session really is an overblown fantasy and not related to most of what was said.
Second it was very useful to see Mr Kelsey present and respond to a range of questions.
My impressions were that his presentation reflected an astonishingly optimistic – bordering on the fantastic – view of where we were in eHealth (as reflected in his claim that the myHR was already a success!). Australia has been at this since 1990 and I would argue we are still rather struggling with the basics.
On the positive side he seems to understand just how hard this all can be – which seems rather at odds with a lot of what he said. I also think from his comments (given his short tenure so far) he has yet to grasp just how complicated the various jurisdictions can make things!
I also think he rather downplayed the complexity of stakeholder relationships in e-Health here and may not fully recognise power of the clinician veto that exists in progress in e-Health in Australia (as there are considerable differences between the employment situation of clinicians in Australia and the NHS).
It was also of interest that he noted the Census debacle was likely to have an impact on public confidence in areas like national e-Health.
Of considerable interest – unless I misheard - was the comment that ‘the Agency’ had 300 staff!
Third I think Professor Jackson rather denies the importance of the management of information flows in the delivery of the ‘Medical Home’ as has been widely recognised in the US (where the concept came from). Her comments in Health Information Privacy seemed to be to be a little cavalier.
I would encourage all who have time to watch the 14+ min presentation to form their own views. The 30 min Q&A is also well worth a review!
It makes sense to understand just what Tim sees as top of mind as we can expect those themes to emerge more strongly over the next year or so!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Sunday, August 28, 2016