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Thursday 20 November 2008

Issues E-Health strategy can address

The eHealth strategy aims to address a number of issues currently being faced by people who provide care to patients and those who support them. The key issues can be summarised as follows:

• Improved ability to access information that is integrated and accurate
• Better support for clinicians and care providers from across the health system to interact more efficiently and effectively with each
• Support for clinical and managerial decision making
• Greater capability for managing patient flow through improved planning and scheduling
• Support for location-independent health service delivery.

Principles of Implementation:

The principles for the implementation of the eHealth Strategy are:

• Build on what exists today and re-use viable capabilities in place
• Establish solid functionality and information, and then build new capabilities
• Introduce new and extended capabilities in phases, and realise benefits incrementally
• Identify solutions that improve quality of care and patient outcomes, while easing the workload burden on care providers
• Implement simple and practical solutions that can be refined over time.

Well donno about others but portfolios that need to be workon according to me are:

Portfolio 1: Information Integration and Communication (
is focussed on providing integrated patient information to care providers )

Portfolio 2: Core Systems Implementation

Focused on selecting, developing and implementing core systems incorporates:
• Medications reporting
• Emergency information management
• Diagnostic imaging
• Community health, mental health and chronic disease management
• Patient management and coordination

Portfolio 3: Foundation Projects

Implements functionality and information management practices that provide a foundation for the eHealth program, including:
• Information management
• Unique patient identifier
• Unique provider identifier and service catalogue

Portfolio 4: Managing and Delivering the eHealth Program

The Initiative covers:
  • Business and clinical alignment
  • Business transition and sustaining the change
  • Benefits realisation
  • Program management office and architecture

Well the risks areas are however,

Inability to secure sufficient funding to invest in eHealth and associated change activities

• Inability to meet expectations – both internal and external (including community, external providers, industry /vendors, politicians)

• Capacity of Kayaguru Health to deliver a program of the complexity of the eHealth program

• Solutions designed (both technology and processes are not relevant to clinicians and do not add value to their roles / clinical practice

• Inability of the organisation to absorb change (magnitude / rate)

• Not delivering early enough or fast enough

• Perceptions of Information Division credibility and reputation.

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