Posted to encourage some professionals to respond.
Should every Australian have their own, portable e-health record?
5:02pm, 20 Oct 2009 by Ross - yourHealth Team
The idea of having personal electronic health records, controlled by each individual, has been recommended by the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.
In its report A Healthier Future for All Australians , the Commission said, “Much like the state and private railways of the 19th century, Australia runs the risk of un-linked electronic health infrastructure.
“From remote communities to metropolitan hospitals, governments, private companies and clinicians have implemented dozens of innovative e-health projects.
“But much more can be gained by taking advantage of synergies and committing to a truly national effort to optimise the system.”
Each individual’s e-health record would be designed to give them better access to and more control over their own health information.
With an individual’s approval, health care providers and carers could instantly access the same, up-to-date patient information - avoiding asking them the same questions and manually re-entering patient data.
The Commission believes this approach would help reduce waste and inefficiency in the creation and use of health information and lead to better, safer care and improved health outcomes.
What do you think?
My view is that they are asking the wrong question and that there is a Government agreed strategy about what is needed that they should be implementing!
Go for it - comments I mean!.