Australians to get Electronic Health Records by 2012

2010 Budget News:

The Rudd government will spend $467 million over the next two years to give every Australian who wants one, an electronic health record by July 2012.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon said today:

  • “Patients will no longer have to remember every detail of their care history and retell it to every care provider they see,”
  • “E-health records will list the medication a patient is using, along with their previous test results and immunisations.”
  • “There would be rigorous governance and oversight to maintain privacy”

This facility, unlike existing facilities that allow Doctors to view and share info, appears to allow Individuals to get access to their own data.

This subject has been discussed since pre 2007, eg:

Australian Online Pharmacies and Optical

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