The National E-Health and Transition Authority (NEHTA) has today released its strategy for 2009 to 2012, listing priorities and timelines to enable e-health, including developing an "office" model for health identifiers by December.
The strategy was formed considering the National E-Health
written by Deloitte last year and the recent
National Health and Hospital Reform Commission recommendations. NEHTA
admitted that there had been a gap between what stakeholders
expected of it and where the authority was heading. "As the
organisation evolves it is important to ensure a foundation exists
for 'what' the organisation has been put in place to deliver," it said.
There are four parts to the strategy: "urgently" developing the
foundations to enable e-health, coordinating the progress of
priority e-health solutions and progresses, accelerating adoption,
and leading the progression of e-health in Australia.
The strategy will see an "office model" for the healthcare
identifiers released by December this year. An early adopters
release will follow in April 2010, followed by a later adopters release in July 2010.
said earlier this year that legislation to enable
the use of individual health identifiers was unlikely to be passed
until next year.
This year, 2009/2010 will also see the first consolidated version of
SNOMED CT — the collection of clinical terminology, where there will be 50
large vendors with their products on NEHTA's national product
catalogue and specifications for electronic transfer of
prescriptions released for implementation in products.
Base data elements for discharge summaries and referrals will
come in the 2010/2011 year along with secure messaging
specification as well as collaboration projects with Western
Australia, Queensland and South Australia. NEHTA will then also
develop a national certification function to measure how products
fit with its specifications.
In the final year of the strategy, 2011/2012, NEHTA believed
that its specifications would be Australian standards embedded in