The election spotlight was firmly on health this week, with Labor sharpening its Medicare campaigning and the Coalition seeking to nullify its opponent's strategy by backing away from plans to outsource the handling of claims to someone other than Department of Human Services (DHS).
Before these political machinations started to play out, and with more of an interest in our readers' views on the way government affects the delivery of clinically related IT projects, Pulse+IT asked readers the following question:
Which government organisation do you see as the most competent at delivering IT projects in healthcare?
The results as at COB on Monday, June 20 were as follows:
Either people don't care about who takes up the new role of chief technology and digital officer or people don't care about Pulse+IT's polls, but our question from last fortnight got a 50-50 result that tells us little about what the health IT industry thinks about its national leadership.
We here at Pulse+IT are comforting ourselves with the thought that the poor response to the poll – only 26 people were interested – was due more to the Queen's birthday holiday than our boring question.
Either that, or people just don't really care who takes up the MoH job, which in effect replaces that of the role of director of the National Health IT Board. While the other roles in Chai Chuah's revamp of the senior bureaucracy have been filled, the person taking up the CTO job is not likely to be be named until mid-July.
In our last issue of Pulse+IT NZ, we asked:
Are you concerned that the MoH has still not appointed a new chief technology and digital officer?
While the protracted federal election campaign continues to consume the nation’s attention, the start of July is also an important period for eHealth in Australia with the shuttering of the National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) and the opening of the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to take place on July 1.
With only a few weeks before this transition takes place, Pulse+IT asked readers the following question:
Are you concerned that the ADHA has still not appointed a permanent CEO?
The results as at COB on Monday, June 13 were as follows: