[LINK] Role of Government in National ICT Policy

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Tue Feb 28 15:20:11 AEDT 2012

On 28/02/12 2:56 PM, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> 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.
> http://faustusnotes.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/did-employee-death-rates-increase-under-the-australian-home-insulation-program/
> http://inside.org.au/a-mess-a-shambles-a-disaster/
> Personally, I am not impressed that the ACS is providing a platform for
> such political bandstanding.
Nor, Bernard, did the home insulation program lead to more house fires:


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