[LINK] Role of Government in National ICT Policy

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Tue Feb 28 10:13:39 AEDT 2012

On this topic,

Simon Crean was on the radio this morning talking about some new Tasmanian 
Institute putting Climate Change data into "The Cloud".

Unfortunately, I can't give you any more details as as the audio is only 
available in realplayer and windows media (which won't work on my linux 
netbook) - ogg or even Flash would be nice.


Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 08:43 AM 28/02/2012, Tom Worthington wrote:
>> My knowledge of eHeath developments are somewhat limited. I have talked
>> to some of the people associated with building eHealth
>> systems for Australian companies and advising on the design of the
>> standards. But I am by no means a specialist in the area. If you have
>> information and opinions about the programs, you may wish to share them,
>> so we know what is happening.
> Check out two articles today, and probably dozens more over the past 
> months, in the Australian. The $466mil program has blown out to over 
> $760mil already.
> -------------------
> Labor's Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record system blows 
> out to $760m
> The Australian
> February 28, 2012 12:00AM
> http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/labors-personally-controlled-electronic-health-record-system-blows-out-to-760m/story-e6frgakx-1226283273933
> SPENDING on Labor's Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record 
> system has blown out to $760 million, almost $300m more than the 
> $466.7m budget.
> The National E-Health Transition Authority has swallowed the original 
> allocation almost whole -- it has received $466m in taxpayers' money 
> since the PCEHR was announced by former health minister Nicola Roxon 
> in 2010.....
> -------------------
> On the privacy front alone, as well as the surrounding aspects, such 
> as no complete and suitable governance program:
> http://www.privacy.org.au/Papers/indexPolicies.html#eH
> By the dates of these submissions, this has been morphing around in 
> its current venture for 4 years. I've been around these efforts since 
> 1998. It's not a pretty picture. And don't get me started on their 
> approach to standards (or 'lack of' or 'pick a box').
> A blog from a Doctor who is keeping a close eye on this program:
> http://aushealthit.blogspot.com.au/
> Here's a dandy:
> http://aushealthit.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/pcehr-seems-to-be-still-lacking-real.html
>> This is no joke: a badly designed eHealth system could kill a lot of
>> people and waste hundreds of billions of dollars by misdirecting health
>> resources. So far NeHTA have not killed anyone and are less than a
>> decade late with delivery, so they are not doing to bad in comparison
>> with other government funded projects.
> Where is the data to support that assertion, either on benefits to 
> derive versus the cost and how it compares to other IT projects? It 
> doesn't exist. If you ask NeHTA to provide a patient risk assessment 
> for this project: they haven't done one. If you can get a report, 
> please let me know. We've been asking for it for a long time now.
> Jan
> Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
> jwhit at janwhitaker.com
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> business: http://www.janwhitaker.com
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