Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 - IQPC Australia
Sydney, Australia – Australia’s fragmented e-Health system has hit another barrier with reports claiming the governments have ‘changed direction’ on a national e-Health scheme.

NEHTA’s Chief Executive Peter Flemming said the original vision of having a single e-health record for each Australian had been abandoned by the Council of Australian Governments in favour of a ‘more commercial approach’.

“Five years ago, there was a strong view that there would be an e-health record for all Australians held on a database somewhere…that’s no longer the view”, he said.

“One of our new directions now is how we engage the private sector and move these things forward”. It’s been reported that Google, Microsoft and other new providers will host Australians’ e-health records.*

This news follows the National Healthcare and Hospitals Reform Commission Report which highlighted 123 focus areas of progression for e-health to be addressed by 2012. “We recommend that, to better integrate and strengthen primary health care, the Commonwealth should assume responsibility for all primary health care policy and funding”.

Subsequent developments have since cast a shadow of doubt on how the industry will progress.

Currently the e-health landscape is characterised by discrete islands of information with significant barriers to effective sharing of information between healthcare providers.

IQPC’s third annual Connecting Healthcare 2010 brings together representatives from the private and public sectors to explore how industry and governments can achieve a ‘person controlled’ system.

The conference will feature updates from NEHTA, the Australian Privacy Foundation, BUPA Australia, and the National Healthcare and Hospitals Reform Commission (NHHRC).

Visit http://www.connectinghealthcare.com.au/pr , or email [email protected] for more information.

*Source: http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,26200249-15306,00.html?referrer=email&source=AIT_email_nl

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IQPC Australia
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Email: [email protected]

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