E-health evaluation plan: Govt priorities questioned

After ongoing criticism of its slow progress on the rollout of the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR), the Federal Government has now come under fire for “jumping the gun” with a tender process to find an independent evaluator for the project.

The criticism is the latest blow to the $467 million project, with Medicare recently forced to revise Individual Healthcare Identifier contracts with medical software providers after they were deemed unworkable.

Despite Health Department claims that an evaluation framework was crucial during the program’s development, Health IT consultant Dr David More questioned the logic behind commencing an assessment when the PCEHR remained far from completion. 

“The [Department]... is jumping the gun,” Dr More said. 

“While evaluation is critical, you need to procure the infrastructure, change management and delivery components first – so