[LINK] Role of Government in National ICT Policy

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Tue Feb 28 14:56:25 AEDT 2012

On 27/02/2012 9:15 AM, Tom Worthington wrote:
> e-Health Records
> The Personal Electronically Controlled Health Records programs of the
> Government has some problems and looks expensive. But like the NBN and
> computers in schools, these programs are relatively cheap when compared
> to the potential benefits and savings. They are also going well compared
> to other programs, such as the "Home Insulation Program".

a) The PCEHR has a lot of problems and is likely to have a many more, 
refer to Jan's links. It is as bad as the Access Card (a coalition 
initiative - arrange the words "Kettle calling and Black" into a well 
know phrase or saying)

b) We don't know how expensive the PCEHR is, because funding for post 
July 2012 has not be announced, so we can't yet tell. The benefits and 
saving are uncertain and unclear. If the project fails, the costs in 
causing delays in an improved eHealth system are likely to be significant.

c) The home insulation program was a success. It met its financial 
objectives and, notwithstanding the opposition's misinformation, did not 
lead to an increase in deaths in the home insulation industry.


Personally, I am not impressed that the ACS is providing a platform for 
such political bandstanding.



Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Canberra Australia
email:   brd at iimetro.com.au
website: www.drbrd.com

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