Sounds good at first blush – the devil will be in the detail!
Health ministers agree to share patient e-records
Siobhain Ryan | December 06, 2008
Article from: The Australian
HEALTH ministers have finally agreed on a national plan to share patients' electronic records, on the same day a new study slammed scattergun spending of almost $1.3 billion on state-based e-health schemes.
At a meeting in Brisbane yesterday, they gave the tick to the strategy commissioned in April amid controversy over delays, cost blowouts and resignations in e-health projects and bodies across the country.
Electronic records for patients are currently held separately, if at all, across GP surgeries, hospitals, government agencies and other health centres, allowing only patchy sharing of information.
The gaps have resulted in duplicate consultations, tests and treatments and prescribing mistakes, with past studies calculating the net benefits of better electronic record-keeping at up to $8.7 billion over the first 10 years.