Person-controlled Electronic Health Records
- every Australian should be able to have a personal electronic health record that will at all times be owned and controlled by that person;
- every Australian should be able to approve designated health care providers to have authorised access to their personal electronic health record; and
- every Australian should be able to choose where and how their personal electronic health record will be stored, backed-up, and retrieved.
- unique personal identifiers for health care by 1 July 2010;
- unique health professional identifiers (HPI-I), beginning with all nationally registered health professionals, by 1 July 2010;
- a system for verifying the authenticity of patients and professionals for this purpose - a national authentication service for health (NASH) - by 1 July 2010; and
- unique health professional organisation (facility and health service) identifiers (HPI-O) by 1 July 2010.
- hospitals must provide key data, such as referral and discharge information, by 1 July 2012;
- pathology providers and diagnostic imaging providers must provide key data, such as reports of investigations and supplementary information, by 1 July 2012;
- other health service providers - including general practitioners, medical and non-medical specialists, pharmacists and other health and aged care providers - must transmit key data, such as referral and discharge information, prescribed and dispensed medications and synopses of diagnosis and treatment, by 1 January 2013; and
- all health care providers must be able to accept data from other health care providers by 2013.