Pulse+IT Poll: June 28 - The eHealth state of origin

With NSW having already surrended its rugby league credibility to Queensland with one game to play, and Australia's Sydney-based prime minister looking worse for wear, this week's Pulse+IT poll offered the publication's home state of NSW the chance of redemption.

Pulse+IT readers were asked:

Which jurisdiction do you see as the most competent in delivering IT projects in healthcare?

The results as at COB on Monday, July 4 were as follows:

Which jurisdiction do you see as the most competent in delivering IT projects in healthcare?
Edition ACT QLD NSW NT SA TAS VIC WA Don't know Total
Tuesday 2 6 1 3 2 3 7 1 6 31
Wednesday 1 4 12 5 3 3 8 3 7 46
Thursday 2 5 6 0 1 3 3 2 4 26
Friday 2 9 8 5 3 1 7 3 9 47
Total 7 24 27 13 9 10 25 9 26 150
% 5% 16% 18% 9% 6% 7% 17% 6% 17% 100%

On first blush Pulse+IT readers appear to be a parochial bunch, with the results of the poll seeming to more or less match up with the relative populations of the states and territories. While the large number of poll options and the small populations in some jurisdictions has meant that the smaller states and the two territories attracted only a handful of responses, it is worth noting that the ACT, NT and Tasmania outperformed their mathematical expections.

Sadly for NSW, as the most populous state with approximately 7.5m residents, it should have attracted around 32 per cent of the votes from people who had an opinion. It fell substantially short of this mark, receiving just 27 votes out of the 124 (22 per cent) directed at an option other than 'Don't know'.

Using the same methodology, Victoria also underperformed and should have received around 25 per cent of the informed vote instead of the 20 per cent it did attract, with WA also lacking support commensurate with its population by a similar margin.

The results for SA and Queensland tracked expectations for their respective populations.

This week's Pulse+IT Poll question is: Do you expect the new Australian Digital Health Agency will be better than NEHTA at guiding the eHealth sector?

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