February 17, 2010
In yesterday’s Australian there is a report that software writers are yet to see full technical specifications for the planned healthcare identifier regime due to start on July 1 provided enabling legislation introduced by Health Minister Nicola Roxon last week . According to the report the Medical Software Industry Association have yet to see the system developed by the National E -Health Transition Authority. That is a worry. The benefits of putting medical records on an electronic system are obvious. The privacy concerns are equally obvious. Whether it achieves the former and deals with the latter depends on its practical implementation. Just taking about it is not enough. A classic example was a recent episode on the ABC radio program Australia Talks. Lots of talking by the main proponents, includng Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, but it was all just that.