Despite the recent negative publicity about eHealth Ontario, I still think that the agency is a good idea and that we need to be careful about not throwing out the baby with the bath water when discussing how to handle this matter. As I said in acomment to another post on this blog, I’m not going to offer an opinion about the spending decisions at eHealth, mainly because I don’t have all the facts, only what has been reported in the media. I feel strongly, however, that a provincial organization of some form is needed to provide leadership, direction, and coordination of the provincial initiatives to put in place eHealth infrastructure and applications.
Once the furor over eHealth Ontario’s spending practices fades aways, I think that the public debate should shift to eHealthOntario’s strategy. We are going to invest significant dollars over the next few years developing and deploying eHealth infrastructure and applications and we should dissect eHealth Ontario’s plans for spending these dollars. I offer this suggestion not because I believe that their strategy is flawed but, rather, would like to see more people provide input to eHealth Ontario and thereby, hopefully, create more transparency about what eHealth Ontario is doing. There are some talented people working for and with eHealth Ontario. These people are devoted to advancing the eHealth agenda in Ontario and I believe that public debate will provide better insight into their work.
Mark, what do you think?