Also at the summit, Patients First chief executive Helmut Modlik spoke of his concerns that the projected cost of the project was being grossly overestimated by the ministry.
Speaking to New Zealand Doctor today, Mr Modlik says that, after discussions with the ministry, he has been reassured that development of a business case, including the allocation of a budget which could cover more expensive options for an EHR, is “the process that needs to be taken”.
The record is “undoubtedly” something the sector would like, he says.
“How much it will cost is obviously an open question.
“I think that it can be delivered without telephone number-type investment.”
Logically, a scale-up of an existing solution like HealthOne would be cheaper than building the record from scratch, Mr Modlik says.
He says he hasn’t heard any chatter in Wellington to suggest the project won’t go ahead, but he hopes, if it does, the ministry will be focused as much on change management as the technology.
“What international experience tells us is it’s less about the tech and more about the people.”