Ever since the eHealth Ontario scandal broke in mid-2009, the question I keep getting asked is “What about Infoway? Is there a scandal within this organization?” To date it has undergone quite a few audits, and has had few (if any issues) come up. On Nov 3rd, a larger report from the AG Sheila Fraser will give us some answers.
If you believe half the press or bloggers out there, things will not go well for them. I believe this general public mood has been directly created by the eHealth Ontario scandal. The public is not in a good mood about all things eHealth, and will not be happy about the perceived progress/value for money to date. Infoway set the target of 50% automation of health records by 2010, and by their own admission have only reached 17% automation…all at a cost of nearly $2B. Infoway has a public perception credibility gap of their own creation.
Some of the questions I am asking myself is:
- Should the Feds fund some or none of the $500M by next April?
- If 50% by 2010 was not realistic, then what is the next target? How do get to this target, and how do you measure it?
- What reforms (if any) are going to be suggested by the AG?
- If Infoway gets thrown under the bus, how else do we move the larger eHealth agenda forward?
I guess I will have to sit and wait just like everyone else to see the results from the AG report.