Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Is cdmNet Setting Up To Compete or Coexist with the NEHRS? Hard To Tell Just Yet.

The following appeared a few days ago.

Chronic disease care goes online

21 August, 2012 Michael Woodhead
An online support site has been launched to help GPs caring for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes.
Chronic Disease Management-Net (cdmNet), enables patients, GPs and allied healthcare professionals to develop care plans, share medical histories, test results, updates on patients’ conditions, send referrals, and set appointment reminders, says Professor Leon Piterman of Monash University.
 “What cdmNet has done is provide an efficient clinical information system that makes health records available and accessible electronically,” Professor Piterman said.
“This supports the GP’s decision making. It also provides a delivery system for information sharing and feedback with the care team. It ensures the team is working cohesively.”
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We also had coverage here:

Victoria takes e-health national

A Victorian government-funded electronic health service will be offered to every Australian with a chronic illness
A Victorian government-funded electronic health service will be offered to people with chronic illnesses across Australia, following the announcement that 10,000 patients had signed up for the service.
Victorian health minister David Davis announced that the Collaborative Care Cluster Australia (CCCA) is now a national program that “empowers patients to work collaboratively with their GPs, specialists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to manage their own health issues using a new online capability.”
Davis was referring to the CCCA’s Chronic Disease Management Network (cdmNET), an online system that links patients with their own care plan and helps an entire healthcare team share information.
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Here is the full media release:

The Hon David Davis MLC

Minister for Health
Minister for Ageing

Media release

Friday, 17 August 2012

Government provides big win for patients with chronic disease

Ten thousand patients are now taking back control of their lives with the help of a Victorian Government funded program that is transforming management of chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma and arthritis.
Health Minister David Davis today launched the Victorian-based Collaborative Care Cluster Australia (CCCA) as a national program that empowers patients to work collaboratively with their GPs, specialists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to manage their own health issues, using a new online capability.
“Currently over 10,000 patients, 1,000 GPs and nearly 3,000 allied health professionals have already signed up, the project is running successfully—and now this Victorian initiative is going national”, Mr Davis said.
“CCCA offers the Victorian-developed e-health platform, cdmNet, in a proven format that links a patient with their own care plan and helps their entire healthcare team to share information and collaborate more effectively.
“Now for the first time in Australia, patients with chronic illness can access their care plan with their pharmacist in the pharmacy using a simple barcode”, Mr Davis said.
“I urge all Victorian pharmacists, patients with chronic conditions and their carers to come on board, and join with GPs, specialists and healthcare professionals to embrace innovative technologies like cdmNet, which can transform the outcomes of chronic health management, reduce costs and improve quality of life.
“With no costs to patients, the system pays for itself through efficiencies it creates in the doctor’s surgery, so everyone wins,” Mr Davis said.
“Victoria is leading the nation in e-health and chronic disease management,” he said. “In future, patients and their carers will be able to join a care conference with their GP and specialists, accessed at the press of a button from cdmNet, by video, voice or online. CdmNet is enabling telehealth.”
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This link allows you to explore what is presently happening:
What I find interesting are three things.
First that among a legion of Partners (IBM, Cisco, GP Organisations etc. etc.) the two that are missing are DoHA and NEHTA while the AIHW and the Broadband Ministry are involved!
Second the GP Incentive payments for chronic health care make a good commercial case for adoption.
Third what is being done looks very much like one of the major planned roles for the NEHRS.
Have I got this wrong or does the NEHRS have an already operational and successful private competitor. With this why would a patient need the Government offering?