Unless I missed it – it seems the NEHTA IEHR has been deferred until at least mid November at the earliest.
The October 2, 2008 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Communiqué is available here.
E-Health misses out again – as expected - I must say, given the planning work going on in the background at present. Early next year is when we will need to see some serious decisions and funding.
NEHTA was just being naïve to think and publicly canvass their requests for funding at this point in time and COAG has made a sensible decision in my view.
The Australian Financial Review | 01 Oct 2008 | Page: 71 | Information Section
Rapid response for online health records
A fresh commitment to make the health records of all Australian residents available online could come as early as this week following the completion of a business case for the controversial program.
A spokeswoman for the National e-Health Transition Authority said the document, in development since early this year, was in the hands of state and federal health ministers ahead of this week's Council of Australian Governments meeting.
The business case is one of the key pieces of information that health ministers around the country have said they need to review before they make a decision on whether or not to set fresh deadlines for the creation of a national, individual electronic health record.
Much more in the paper – available at afr.com for a fee.
I hope this is not the outcome we see by early next year!