A little less conversation, a little more action
It was only last week that we were complaining there had been a little too much consultation and not enough action and what do you know: Elvis leaves the building and a mobile app – along with news of the next release of the My Health Record – suddenly appear.
IT consulting firm Chamonix, which has done some very useful work helping the states and territories hook their hospitals up to the MyHR through its HIPS middleware and played an important part in the Northern Territory's migration of its My eHealth Record over to the national system, has developed not just a HIPS app for hospital clinicians but a Healthi app aimed at consumers.
It looks like it still needs a bit of work ironing out a few rough edges but Healthi worked pretty much seamlessly when Pulse+IT stumbled across it while tootling around on the intertubes one day this week. One of our readers seemed to have a bit of a bug with theirs and there is the problem that you need to hunt around for that impossible-to-remember user ID that the bright sparks at DHS inflicted on us with MyGov, but it works and pretty well at that. (You only need to add in the MyGov ID once, thank heavens.)
Healthi is listed as one of only two apps that are authorised to link to the MyHR, which is a bit of an indictment of those running the show all of these years, but we do know that Melbourne company Health& also has the capability to pull information down from the MyHR into its personal health record, and we learned last week from ADHA that it has a mobile enablement project going on that is using FHIR APIs to do the same.
This is real progress at last, and it's not a surprise that our stories on them were two of the best read this week. The only topic that seems to ever be of more interest is Telstra Health, so the announcement that it had appointed Mary Foley to take over from Shane Solomon when he retires was not surprisingly the most read. We'd be interested to know your thoughts on Dr Foley's new gig.
As to ADHA, last week we asked if you were more or less positive than you were six months ago about the new outfit. It will come as a relief to the agency that 59 per cent of you were more positive, compared to 41 per cent who were less.
This week, we'd like to know whether you think decent apps will finally spark consumer interest in the MyHR.