Pulse+IT Poll: July 5 - New beginnings for Australian eHealth?

The start of July marked the formal commencement of the Australian Digital Health Agency, with NEHTA's assets transferred to the new entity. While the name has changed as the government rallies behind yet another new term for what essentially amounts to the use of computers in the health sector, the new organisation has much in common with the old.

Pulse+IT readers were asked:

Do you expect the new Australian Digital Health Agency will be better than NEHTA at guiding the eHealth sector?

The results as at COB on Monday, July 11 were as follows:

Do you expect the new Australian Digital Health Agency will be better than NEHTA at guiding the eHealth sector?
Edition Yes No Probably the same Total
Tuesday 8 (20%) 10 (24%) 23 (56%) 41
Wednesday 18 (37%) 16 (33%) 15 (31%) 49
Thursday 16 (38%) 12 (29%) 14 (33%) 42
Friday 12 (27%) 16 (36%) 16 (36%) 44
Total 54 (31%) 54 (31%) 68 (39%) 176

Across the four days the poll was available to Pulse+IT eNewsletter readers, responses were pretty evenly split with the exception of our Tuesday practice edition, where 80 per cent seem to think things will either be the same or worse for eHealth under the ADHA.

By the end of the week, positive sentiments (31 per cent) matched the negative view (31 per cent), with 39 per cent of respondents indicating they think the status quo will be maintained.

With the agency yet to have announced its first permanent CEO and with the dust from the election yet to settle, it is perhaps no surprise that there is little information available from ADHA as to what it proposes its role will be, and just how this will differ from that of the organisation it replaced.

But perhaps there's not much left to be done anyway; according to one of its final reports, NEHTA thought its achievements were many and varied.

"The objectives for which NEHTA was established have been met," the report says. "All policy and ICT foundations are in place to enable interoperability between providers, and use of the My Health Record system. Unique identification of patients and providers, security infrastructure, terminology, and solution specifications are now all in use."

Unfortunately, at the coal face of medical practice, the eHealth experience for some appears somewhat less cohesive as articulated in this short video compiled by Canberra GP, Dr Thinus van Rensburg.

This week's Pulse+IT Poll question is: Do you have a My Health Record (PCEHR)?

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Tags: NEHTA, Australian Digital Health Agency, eHealth

Comments   

# Andreas Duenser 2016-07-15 10:48
Just a quick note on survey/question design and results interpretation. Either the question or answering format should have been formulated differently. The questions asks "...will be better than..."; answering "no" to this question could mean "no, not better", it does not necessarily mean that it will be worse.
So "...where 80 per cent seem to think things will either be the same or worse..." is somewhat misleading.

By the end of the week, positive sentiments (31 per cent) matched the negative view (31 per cent), with 39 per cent of respondents indicating they think the status quo will be maintained.
# Simon James 2016-07-15 11:31
Hi Andreas, thanks for the input. I take your point however given that three options were presented, I thought it should have been obvious 'no' was the option for people with a view that things will be worse, and 'probably the same' was the option for people who thought things would be no better or worse.

I don't think anyone would view these polls as anything more than a bit of fun, but nevertheless in future I'll take more care to ensure there isn't any possible overlap in the available options.

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