A merry MyHR to you all

This week, Pulse+IT is so far wound down for the silly season that we are practically catatonic so rather than report something useful, we thought we'd take a look at what we pontificated upon this time last year to see if anything had changed much.

Considering our pronouncements in December 2017, when we opined that this year would be a make or break one for ADHA and the My Health Record, the answer is no.

“Moving to opt out could go swimmingly or it could be an absolute disaster,” we said. “It will probably be something in between,” we continued, forever hedging our bets. We think the opt-out episode itself was an unmitigated disaster although the system itself is still chugging along, if a little more slowly than anticipated, as our story this week on Victoria's roadmap illustrates.

But look on the bright side – it couldn't go any worse. We asked in our poll last year whether you thought the opt-out My Health Record would be a success. 61 per cent said yes and 39 per cent said no. We now pretentiously predict that it will be 2019 when we discover the real answer.

In addition to writing hundreds of articles and producing loads of daily editions throughout the year, most of them delivered on time, this year has been particularly busy for the Pulse+IT team.

At the start of the year we launched a monthly career bulletin which has proved quite popular, particularly for health IT organisations and those looking to work for them. In July we kicked off Pulse+IT chat, an online forum for health IT discussion which rapidly grew to over 1000 members and flares up nicely whenever something a little strange is unfolding.

With an ever growing focus on the application of IT in the health sector, it’s perhaps no surprise but still pleasing to report that we are finishing the year on a high, with the Pulse+IT website being visited by more people in November 2018 than in any other month in the publication's 13-year history.

While we have closed our news desk for the year, next week we will be publishing our ever-popular year in review summaries, starting with New Zealand on Monday and Australia for the rest of the week. We'll also reveal our most popular stories for the year, although we must warn you that the usual suspects do reappear.

While the pace of change in the health sector – particularly when it comes to IT – is never as fast as one may like, and frustration and negativity abounds, these articles provide a useful summary on what has been achieved and may provide some inspiration for bigger and better things in 2019.

Until then, thanks for your interest in what we do, and your support of Pulse+IT. We'll be back in saddle on January 14.

Abbey, Claude, Emily, Hamid, Kate and Simon

Our poll last week asked if a single EMR vendor policy was the best one for state health departments. It was a close run thing but the majority said no, by 53 per cent to 47.

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