Pulse+IT Poll: July 19 - Tough at the top
Having been sworn back in as Health Minister at a time that more or less coincided with the commencement of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Pulse+IT took the opportunity to ask readers what they felt about Sussan Ley's continuation in the role.
In this week's poll, we asked:
Do you think the reappointment of Sussan Ley as Health Minister is good for eHealth?
The results as at COB on Monday, August 1 were as follows:
|Yes||No||They are all as bad as each other||Total|
|141 (34%)||154 (37%)||118 (29%)||413|
With the HIC2016 conference occupying most of our attention these past few weeks, this particular Pulse+IT poll ran for longer than usual with results collected across nine editions of our eNewsletter instead of the usual four or five.
Unfortunately for Minister Ley, Pulse+IT readers don't appear to be overly confident in her ability to be a positive influence on eHealth with slightly more respondents adopting a pessimistic stance (37 per cent) than those that appear supportive (34 per cent).
If it's any consolation, the 'pox on all their houses' option was strongly supported which is no surprise given the relatively short tenures and unobservable success the previous two Health Ministers had in the role.
As demonstrated in just about every eHealth related Senate estimates session and ministerial speech I've observed in the past ten years, it's understandibly difficult for politicians to come to grips with the inherent complexities of the health sector, information technology, and the even more obscure environment where they intersect.
To that end it was no surprise that Minister Ley's eHealth related announcements to the HIC2016 audience last week were limited to the launch of an app platform for the My Health Record, which sounded very much the same as an app concept Nicola Roxon launched in the same capacity at the same conference many years ago. The concept of an interoperable and cohesive software ecosystem where developers would line up to support the government's eHealth agenda was discussed then, as it was again at this year's event, but it's not clear to me what has changed to make this a likely outcome any time soon.
While the government wasn't able to get its ducks in a row to be in a position to make a formal announcement at the conference, a week later Tim Kelsey has been confirmed as the new Australian Digital Health Agency's CEO. After a brief stint with Telstra Health following several high profile roles in the UK, Kelsey starts at the agency later the month.
This week's Pulse+IT Poll question is: Do you think new ADHA CEO Tim Kelsey will be able to positively influence the roll-out of eHealth initiatives?
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