If this reporting is accurate one can only despair!
Govt says e-health will deliver a safer system
- Correspondents in Canberra
- From: AAP
- January 18, 2010 6:39PM
THE federal government says its proposed e-health system will improve patient safety and free up GPs.
The system, currently under design, will see patient records stored in one national database that can be accessed by different health professionals.
The government hopes to see the opt-out system up and running in ten years, and says more than $1 million has been put on the table to get it started.
Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says it will cut the time GPs spend pulling up patients health records during visits.
She insists the system will be secure and won't affect strict patient privacy laws.
"This doesn't change the existing laws of when it's appropriate for an individual have their records...accessed," she told reporters in Canberra.
States, territories and health professionals will also have to invest in technologies to allow them to link in to the system.
Also we have this:
Monday, 18 January 2010 06:16
Patient care will be improved and inefficiency in the health system will be cut by new e-health legislation soon to be introduced by the Rudd Government.
Today I visited Medicare Australia to see first hand how the secure e-health system currently being developed will work for patients and health care professionals.
The demonstration clearly showed how useful tools like electronic health records, medications-management systems and electronic clinical messaging (discharge, referrals, pathology, and prescriptions) will help improve delivery of health care – particularly when patients are being cared for by multiple providers.
The first step in creating an e-health system will come into effect in the middle of the year when unique healthcare identifiers are assigned to all health consumers as well as to health professionals and the organisations that provide health care in Australia.
The unique healthcare identifiers will be available on a secure system, operated by Medicare Australia.
These identifiers will be provided in addition to Medicare numbers, as a further step to ensure the security of the system. Legislation to underpin this work – the Healthcare Identifiers Bill 2010 - will be introduced to Parliament in the first half of this year. The draft legislation is available for comment at www.health.gov.au/ehealth/consultation.
A ministerial ‘puff piece’ if ever there was one!
What can one say?
Does anyone seriously believe she knows what she is talking about? (Or is she just being badly misquoted?). We are all glad she visited to see stuff that is still unfunded and unwanted as far as she seems to be concerned
Blowed if I know what she is on about. – this really is just unclear policy nonsense.