Let’s not throw out the (eHealth) baby with the bathwater

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water 🙂 After a hiatus of several weeks the eHealth Ontario story has resurfaced with a vengeance and, based on what I am hearing, there are still  more revelations to come.  Amid all the rhetoric and accusations, I was pleased to read the following editorial in the Globe and Mail:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/back-to-the-digital-drawingboard/article1254060/

As the editorial writer so succinctly puts it:

“The real consequence of their sloppiness, however, is not that minuscule sums relative to the provincial budget were spent unwisely. Rather, it is that the government’s efforts to expedite reform have been compromised.”

and

“The eHealth controversy will blow over before long. But its consequences with regard to public policy will be felt for many years to come.”

eHealth is not, in my view, a “nice to have” but, rather, a key ingredient to the reform and transformation needed to keep our healthcare system sustainable.  I have been continually disappointed in the past few weeks at the dearth of eHealth leaders standing up to make the case for eHealth.  While the current spotlight maybe harsh, it does offer an opportunity to make the case for eHealth and the associated investments.

Mike

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