Clinical leadership is key to maximising the benefits and success of e-health projects, according to Queensland Health CIO, Ray Brown.
Brown told attendees of the CeBIT conference in Sydney that Queensland's e-health strategy could not survive nor produce benefits on funding alone.
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According to Brown the state government has invested significant time and effort into ensuring the strategy, initially developed in 2005, was a clinical lead initiative.
"Without strong governance and strong clinical leadership and participation in the management of the e-health agenda in particular, there's no hope in succeeding, clinical leadership is absolutely key," Brown said.
"We've engaged with Queensland clinical senate, all the statewide clinical networks, we meet regularly with the chairs of the clinical networks and we've established clinical informatics steering committee."
The committee is a representation of 16 different clinical disciplines as is chaired by Dr. Richard Ashby, a longstanding advocate of e-health in Queensland. The committee meets monthly and the government's ICT agenda must go through the committee prior to the rest of the government processes.
Brown cites a number of challenges faced by Queensland Health specifically in the area of e-health, with added scrutiny bearing down on the state following its $4 million payroll meltdown in 2010 which left thousands of Queensland Health employees unpaid for months.
"New technology is absolutely a challenge, every medical device... We need to understand how that fits into the corporate ICT environment and how those connections are working in a safe and secure way," he said.
"Procurement in general takes longer than people expect and it is a time consuming and onerous process for everyone involved. On the back on things like the payroll issues in Queensland, there's a lot of scrutiny over these sorts of activities and a lot of assurance required by governments in terms of progressing these."
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