Personally controlled electronic health record
- online at the eHealth website
- over the phone by calling 1800 723 471 and selecting option one.
- in person by visiting a Department of Human Services service centre that offers Medicare services
- in writing by completing a registration application form available from a service centre offering Medicare services, or from the eHealth website. Once the form is completed you need to post it to: Personally Controlled eHealth Record Program, GPO Box 9942, in your capital city.
Caring for someone else
Facts and figures
- The Australian Government’s PCEHR system was launched on 1 July 2012.
- The estimated net direct benefits of the national PCEHR system are expected to be approximately $11.5 billion over the 2010 - 2025 period. This comprises approximately $9.5 billion in net direct benefits to Australian governments and $2 billion in net direct benefits to the private sector (households, doctors, specialists, allied health clinics, private hospitals and private health insurance providers).
- The forecast reduced avoidable hospital admissions and doctor visits due to more effective medication management from 2010 - 2025 is approximately $10 billion.
- The forecast improved continuity of care benefit from 2010 - 2025 is approximately $11.5 billion.
There are more details on the projections here:
It is the facts and figures that caught my eye. I had seen them ages ago but had not picked up what they might mean - especially with the focus on and nature of the benefits being made so clear with the Department re-publishing them so recently. Thanks to a mate for spotting the source!
A few points need to be made.