Surprise, surprise – e-health records >3 years away

The Australian Doctor website reports today that Australia “is at least three years away from introducing shared e-health records for every patient — despite $150 million being sunk into e-health programs over the past eight years.”


Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon, when interviewed by the Australian Financial Review last week, refused to commit to a 2012 deadline for a national e-health record system.Clinical leader of the National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) and ex-AMA president Dr Mukesh Haikerwal told Australian Doctor, “There is no element of the reform agenda that can succeed unless we have a decent underpinning by a robust e-health system.”NEHTA is believed to be looking initially at a minimum-quality data set – limited to information such as allergies, hospital history and medical conditions to ensure there is enough information “to treat the patient safely”.

RACGP e-health spokesperson, Dr Nathan Pinskier, said while a national e-health record would provide an informed framework for each patient’s care, “GPs were concerned about being overloaded with information not related to their interactions with the patient.”


One thought on “Surprise, surprise – e-health records >3 years away

  1. The most important benefit of obtaining medical records in particular is that this can allow you to receive more appropriate screening if it becomes necessary. There are many different types of screening that we may need as we grow older, and it is essential to know when and if we have ever experienced that screening before. If it is a type of screening that requires regularly scheduled updates, having your medical records on hand can prove to be especially helpful.

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