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:
|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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