eHealth gets a $467m shot in the armDOWNLOAD
Wednesday 12 May 2010: The nation took a big step towards developing an electronically connected health care system, when the Government announced an additional $466.8m to help establish a national electronic health record system.
According to National eHealth strategy author, Deloitte Partner Adam Powick, this much needed funding will enable the creation of national electronic health record standards and governance structures and the funding of lead eHealth implementation projects.
“It’s imperative we get some eHealth runs on the board and demonstrate tangible health care benefits as quickly as possible. Funding lead implementation projects in high priority domains such as primary care, medication management in aged care and chronic disease management will enable us to quickly and meaningfully implement national eHealth standards and infrastructure and to rapidly build momentum behind a national electronic health records agenda.”
“While these funds should be able to be used to improve the quality, safety and coordination of health care services, there are a number of key considerations that need to be taken into account if we are to successfully move towards the delivery of electronic health records for all Australians.
“These include robust and representative program governance, protection of individuals’ health information, an incremental and scalable implementation approach, serious clinical involvement from the beginning of the program, and strong collaboration between the public and private sectors.”
“There are challenges ahead but with this announcement Australia is now one step closer to creating a 21st century electronically connected health care system”, concluded Mr Powick.