While bureaucrats are happily busy preparing to collate personal health information (supplied to them by everyone from doctors through to chemists and optometrists) in order to satisfy Federal Health Minister Roxon’s unnatural desire for a great big database on Australian citizens, this is one of the computer systems from which this data will be drawn. It is said to be installed in 59 hospitals having an estimated 80 per cent of all NSW public hospital beds.
The Sydney Morning Herald 7 March 2011:
THE computer system that runs emergency departments in NSW hospitals is compromising patients' care, according to the first systematic review of the troubled project that found it was crippled by design flaws.
Really inspires confidence doesn’t it?
These difficulties are not confined to large metropolitan areas as this 2010 quote from the North Coast Area Health Service indicates:Little appears to have changed since the 2009 implementation of this e-health software on the NSW North Coast.
If the reader happens to live in communities covered by the Hunter Urban Division of General Practice this sick software system is probably informing e-discharge summaries etc. forming part of the data collection trial run currently underway in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley region.
Building on these shifting sands, on 1 March 2011 Roxon’s baby, the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), awarded IBM a $23.6M dollar contract to develop nation-wide authentication system for electronic health records.