4.1 Planning HorizonsThe first step in defining an implementation roadmap for the National E-Health Strategy is to define the planning horizons. While there is strong pressure from passionate and committed stakeholders for tangible E-Health action, international experience consistently points to a journey of 10 years or more to deliver a national E-Health strategy.
Given the long time horizon over which E-Health will need to be delivered and the realities of Australia’s 3-4 year political cycles, breaking the journey down into 3, 6, and 10 year planning horizons will provide the program with an ability to remain focused by delivering incremental and tangible blocks of capability.
These planning horizons are focused on achieving three progressive states of maturity in information sharing:
• Connect and communicate – in which the focus is on establishing the foundations for E-Health and providing basic connections that allow information sharing to occur between care providers and across the health sector;
• Collaborate – in which the focus shifts from basic communication to collaboration, joint care planning and multi-disciplinary care delivery through more extended information sharing; an
• Consolidate - in which E-Health becomes part of business-as-usual for health care provision. In this stage there is a focus on maintaining and enhancing a sustainable health information sharing environment that supports ongoing innovation and the development of future models of care based on rich and extensive information sharing.
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4.2 Implementation RoadmapThe following diagram summarises the national E-Health strategy work program over these three, six and ten year planning horizons.
Figure 5: E-Health Implementation Roadmap
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