NEHTA resurrects clinical leads under new name

The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has established a new team of clinical governance advisors, following the mass resignations of the organisation's former clinical leads team in August.

NEHTA's clinical governance unit (CG) has also taken on a new role and function, covering two sub-units of clinical safety and clinical functional assurance. It is headed by three senior clinical governance advisors, one of whom is former NEHTA clinical lead John Aloizos.

According to documents seen by Pulse+IT, NEHTA has contracted 18 clinicians who it is calling clinical governance advisors (CGAs), “who will assist NEHTA specifically in relation to clinical safety, quality, functionality and useability as well as contributing to product development”.

According to NEHTA, the role of the CGAs is “different to that of the former clinical leads”.

“The [CGAs'] role is to understand the views of the profession (e.g. by attending NEHTA stakeholder meetings) and bring that into some of the detailed design work to support the NEHTA technical teams to work within the agreed parameters of clinical experience,” NEHTA said.

The CGAs are “clinicians with specific expertise that can support NEHTA with product design and development work. Their role is to establish, confirm, document and review all processes that impact on clinical safety and functionality.”

CGAs who attend any stakeholder meetings will not be there to “present views, but to listen, understand and, where feasible, draw out some of the consequences of statements from the profession to better understand and develop robust products over time”.

Part of the role includes participating in the testing of new NEHTA products for clinical functionality and safety, providing clinical strategic advice on eHealth generally to NEHTA at the executive and CEO level and providing clinical governance input into key NEHTA programs like the clinical usability program (CUP).

It will also include occasional participation “in external forums with the peak bodies to listen, understand and draw out some of the consequences of statements from the profession to better understand and contribute to the development of sound clinical positions that support and allow NEHTA to develop safe, useful and useable products, services and solutions”.

NEHTA has refused Pulse+IT's request for more information or an interview with the head of the clinical governance unit.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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