Monday, November 5, 2012

NEHTA Provides An Annual Report For 2011-2012. Some Interesting Things To Be Found Within.

NEHTA released its Annual Report for the last financial year on Monday.
It can be downloaded from this link:
The document is rather backward looking but there are a few gems - despite all the puffery and claims to have done stuff which as far as I can recall much of which happened earlier ( I could be wrong however).
First off in the year earlier (2010-11) we were told there was the following.
Total permanent staff as at 30 June 2011 = 257 (Full time equivalent)
This year a search for ‘staff’ does not tell you a thing!
Second we read this:

“Indemnities given and insurance premiums paid to auditors and officers

During the year, NEHTA paid a premium to insure officers of the Group. The officers of the Group covered by the insurance policy include all directors. The liabilities insured are legal costs that may be incurred in defending civil or criminal proceedings that may be brought against the officers in their capacity as officers of the Group, and any other payments arising from liabilities incurred by the officers in connection with such
proceedings, other than where such liabilities arise out of conduct involving a wilful breach of duty by the officers or the improper use by the officers of their position or of information to gain advantage for themselves or someone else to cause detriment to the Group.
Details of the premium paid in respect of the insurance policies are not disclosed as such disclosure is prohibited under the terms of the insurance contract.
The Group has not otherwise, during or since the end of the financial year, except to the extent permitted by law, indemnified or agreed to indemnify any current or former officer or auditor of the Group against a liability incurred as such by an officer or auditor.”
I wonder what this is all about -when it was not needed for the first five years. IBM suing or maybe some unhappy former employee? - Any other suggestions to the comments section please.
Third we read - open mouthed - the following.

“Events After the Balance Sheet Date

On 1 July 2012 the key components of DOHA’s Personally Controlled E-Health Record (PCEHR) programme were successfully delivered.
On 4 July 2012, NEHTA entered into discussions with IBM regarding termination of the Design & Build Contract held between NEHTA and IBM, and the Operate Contract held between IBM and E-Health Authentication Services Pty Limited, that pertained to the National Authentication Services for Health (NASH) project. The parties are currently engaged in confidential and without prejudice discussions regarding that matter. At this stage, the directors do not expect the resolution of this matter to have any significant impact on the Company’s stated financial position as set out in the financial statements read with the associated explanatory notes.”
I will leave others to comment on all this.
Fourth we read (Page 36) that directors Alice Burchill (Tas), Anthony O’Connell (Qld) and Kim Snowball (WA)  are usually too busy to attend the bi-monthly meetings of the Board.
One wonders just what is going on with that lack of interest:
On Page 34 we get clarification as to what NEHTA thinks it is doing.

“Principal Activities

The primary purpose of NEHTA is to support the national agenda for eHealth by leading the uptake of eHealth systems of national significance and to coordinate the progression and accelerate the adoption of eHealth by delivering urgently needed integration infrastructure and standards for health information.
This year NEHTA also managed the delivery of key components of the Department of Health and Ageing’s Personally Controlled E-Health Record (eHealth Record) system.
There have been no significant changes to these activities during the year.

NEHTA’s short term objectives are:

In the year ahead NEHTA, in collaboration with consumers, healthcare provider organisations, industry and government, will continue to drive the national adoption and uptake of eHealth.
In particular, building on the progress achieved to date with the 12 eHealth sites NEHTA will continue to focus on driving take-up and transitioning the sites to national adoption.
NEHTA will also further enable the improved continuity and coordination of care; medications management; and the use of diagnostic information to enhance specifications and standards development.

NEHTA’s long term objectives are:

Over the next two years, NEHTA’s effort will continue around the ten year plan.
The forward looking work programme focuses on national eHealth coordination and adoption.
Engagement, Change and Adoption, Implementation and Communication are key to the success of stakeholder take-up. The aim of this effort is to meet the national objectives for stakeholder adoption of NEHTA foundations and clinical solutions as quickly as possible.
NEHTA recognises that as it accelerates adoption and implementation activity, refinements and enhancements to the foundations and products may be required to keep pace with an evolving marketplace and address specific industry and community expectations.
For the long term, NEHTA will:
·         Continue to develop and rollout the national infrastructure and adoption support required for eHealth in Australia, as mandated and funded by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG);
·         Support the health sector’s transition to the effective use of eHealth; and
·         Develop specifications and standards for other conforming health sector participants to connect to the national eHealth records system.”
I am so glad all that is clear.
Next we discover that the top 12 execs at NEHTA are paid a total of $3.5million.
And last we note - in the notes to the accounts:

Note 24: Controlled Entities

During the year the NEHTA established a wholly owned subsidiary called E-Health Authentication Services Pty Ltd (EHAS). EHAS acts as the Certification Authority of the NASH in accordance with Gatekeeper PKI Core Obligations Policy. EHAS’s primary purpose is to provide, manage, maintain and enhance the infrastructure, software and systems required to support connectivity and interoperability of electronic health information systems across Australia.”
All just worth knowing about! Enjoy reading the glossy doco!