Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I Wonder Why The ADHA Has Not Intervened To Improve The Way DOH IT Projects Are Delivered.
This appeared this week.
Sheradyn Holderhead, Political reporter, The Advertiser
June 7, 2017 9:43pm
A NATIONAL register for bowel cancer essential to prevent deaths from the insidious disease will be delayed 12 months as technical bungles plague the plan.
The register was meant to be rolled out on March 20 this year, but was delayed following problems pulling data from an existing paper-based version.
Federal Health Department officials have confirmed the register would not be up and running until at least the first part of next year. Officials had previously warned senators about the risks to human health if they delayed approval of legislation needed to set up the register.
“I would like to highlight to the Senate committee members the current implications for the implementation of the register and risks associated with delays in establishing the National Cancer Screening Register legislation,” senior bureaucrat Bobbi Campbell cautioned last year.
“The register has been implemented to facilitate the delivery of two of Australia’s population-based cancer screening programs, which currently have the greatest need for improved data collection and reporting systems to enable these programs to operate safely and effectively.”
Ms Campbell said Australia had one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world and it was the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Australia, killing about 4000 people a year.
Labor Senator Murray Watt was surprised by the significant delay given the department had warned senators about the risks if legislation and registers were delayed. “This is going to be a lengthy delay, which is going to be putting people’s health at risk,” he said.
Department health systems special adviser Paul Madden said the main cause of the delay was “around the complexities for the migration of the data” — essentially combining nine registers into one.
Mr Madden said the Department had decided to put the focus on implementing the cervical cancer register, which had also been delayed.
One really wonders with the Health Department IT with the situation above as well as things like this:
07 Jun 2017The AMA was invited to participate in qualitative market research to provide insights to help the Department of Health assess the ongoing implementation and effectiveness of the My Aged Care Gateway. The AMA's response highlighted the worrying fact that the Gateway is a barrier to aged care services, and that there is a lack of communication between Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs), doctors, staff, and service providers. The Gateway forms must be interoperable with clinical practice software to reduce to the administrative burden on practice staff.
For the My Aged Care system to work properly, it must be simple and efficient. Reports from our members indicate this is not the case, and previously simple processes have become complex and time consuming, leaving patients in need of urgent care left at home waiting.
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Time for the Auditor General to look at all the IT in Commonwealth Health Department including the myHR.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Wednesday, June 14, 2017