“EHealth will help us provide better care, save lives and save money.
“Patients will no longer have to remember every medical test, immunisation or prescription they have. Doctors and other health care professionals will no longer have to rely on patients to accurately recall past treatment and will be able to work together more easily to provide better care,” Minister Roxon said.
The Concept of Operations has been refined following the release of the draft proposal in April 2011 and extensive consultation with patient groups, health professionals, the software industry, and other governments.
The finalisation of the Concept of Operations is one of a number of significant eHealth milestones announced by Minister Roxon today.
- More than 1.1 million individual health identifiers are now in use across Australia, working behind the scenes to lay the foundation for eHealth and prevent medical errors. Over 420,000 identifiers have been downloaded for use in hospitals in Tasmania and the ACT and more than 725,000 GP patient records have been matched in 270 GP practices in Brisbane North, the Hunter and Melbourne East.
- Position papers have been released for the technical standards required for telehealth video-conferencing, which is being adopted across Australia following the launch of MBS items in July this year. Once finalised these guidelines will give clinicians and the ICT industry further guidance to encourage the uptake of this technology, which will be supported by the rollout of the National Broadband Network.
“Within a decade we will see our strategic broadband and eHealth investments delivering the full power of smart health technologies across Australia, helping people live healthier lives,” Minister Roxon said.
The finalised eHealth Concept of Operations can be found at www.yourhealth.gov.au/internet/yourhealth/publishing.nsf/Content/pcehr-document
The draft telehealth technical guidelines can be found at www.yourhealth.gov.au/internet/yourhealth/publishing.nsf/Content/consultation-20110909