Thursday, July 16, 2015

It Looks Like We Are Spending Way Too Much To Get Much Too Little With The PCEHR.

This appeared a few days ago.

Wales rolls-out patient portal

8 July 2015   Thomas Meek
Wales is nearing the complete roll-out of its My Health Online portal for online bookings and repeat prescriptions.
In its latest newsletter, the NHS Wales Informatics Service says the service needs to be implemented at one more GP practice in the Aneurin Bevan Health Board area and this will occur within the month.
Once completed, My Health Online will be live at all 458 GP practices in Wales, offering patients the opportunity do a variety of health-related tasks online, including booking appointments and ordering prescriptions. 
NHS Wales Informatics Service said that more than 130,000 patients have registered for My Health Online and that interest in both the ability to book appointments and order prescriptions is “growing.”
The service, which is available in both English and Welsh, was launched in 2011 backed by £1.7 million of funding from the Welsh Assembly Government.
The first practices to sign up were using patient record systems from Emis and INPS. The service has since been extended to work with other system suppliers iSoft and Advanced Health and Care.
In addition to using the service to book appointments and order prescriptions, patients can update general details, such as their address and get access to advice and information on managing health conditions.
More good news here:
What a wonderful story. For a few million dollars the people of Wales seem to be getting a portal which will do much more than the PCEHR, providing functionality  that we know people want (prescription repeats, appointments etc.) as well as giving access to patient details and records.
Yet again it is hard to argue the Australian Public has been given either a cost effective or useful system for a quite an absurd amount of money.
If we can have Royal Commissions on Pink Bats and Unions what about one on the last decade of Public E-Health in Australia - billions have been spent and it is hard to know what we really have received for it! Not much I can see!

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