Thursday, May 10th, 2012 - Australian Information Industry Association
Federal Budget measures to continue support for the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) has been welcomed as a significant step in Australia’s development as a world leader in the delivery of innovative healthcare services, which will drive productivity gains across the health sector.

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Information Industry Association, Suzanne Campbell, said the continued funding of NeHTA would enable it to better utilise the skills and knowledge of Australia’s ICT industry to expedite implementation of personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHRs).

“The renewed commitment by the Government to PCEHRs is a welcome move and the Government is to be commended for its far-sighted and pragmatic approach to health sector reform generally and especially electronic health records,” Ms Campbell said.

“Australia is a world leader in ICT innovation and AIIA members look forward to continuing to work closely with DoHA and NeHTA to implement the nationwide system which will greatly increase the efficiency of Australia’s health system.”

The Government announced in the Budget that the spending would include $161.6 million to continue operation of the PCEHR while a further $4.6 million would be used to maintain safeguards for privacy-related aspects of PCEHRs, to ensure Australians are confident that the privacy of their personal health information is fully protected.

$67.4 million will be the Commonwealth’s share of joint funding for the NEHTA work program.

AIIA chair of the National eHealth Taskforce Suzanne Roche said: “These moves give the sector certainty about ongoing support for a complex reform program that starts on 1 July and will take many years. Clear synergies with the potential for smart health applications on the back of the NBN will be key to the success of health reform in the future.”

“Privacy is a key to the success of PCEHR but we need to see details of how the OIC will maintain safeguards and what impact that might have on the efficacy of e-records.”

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