[LINK] "Public sector priorities under pressure" more access card FUD

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Tue Oct 10 14:03:08 AEST 2006

brd at iimetro.com.au wrote:
> There is a piece in today's Australia which doesn't seem to be on the web
> Public sector priorities under pressure
> Government Technology, special report
> Ian Grayson
> The Australian
> It says, in part:
> <quote>
> A second project, carried out by consultancy KPMG, was to develop a business
> case and detailed costing for the smartcard.
> ...
> Concerns have been raised about the future total cost of the massive project,
> which opponents say will not lead to a robust and manageable health records
> system, as was hoped.
Not to mention failures elsewhere....

Dangerous Enthusiasms
E-Government, Computer Failure and Information System Development
  1 E-Government and Information System Development
2 What is E-Government?
3 ICT in New Zealand's Health Sector
4 A Major Health Care Information System Failure

and on the UK 12.4 billion (AUD$31 billion) e-health project.

     "Although the project has been delayed by two years already, 
Connecting for Health insisted it would make up this lost time.
     Under its settlement Accenture will keep ?110 million of ?173 
million it has been paid by the NHS, and pay back the balance."
     - Australian IT, OCTOBER 03, 2006 


> </quote>.
> Anybody any idea who these opponents are, or is it just journalistic invention?
> It's cerainly not contributing to an informed debate.
> Unlike Professor David Weisbrot, these "opponents" are quite right. The Access
> Card is designed to facilitate access to government services, it is not, will
> not and can't be a health records system.
> If anyone wants a "robust and manageable health records system" they should go
> and talk with Tony Abbott - he's the one who's effectively killed it.

Marghanita da Cruz
Ramin Communications
Phone: 0414-869202
Email: marghanita at ramin.com.au

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