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Brisbane leads the way as e-health super site



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP

Minister for Health and Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

29 March 2011

Brisbane leads the way as e-health super site

Brisbane will the lead the way as an Australian e-health ‘super site’ following new e-health projects announced today as a part of national health reform.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon explained that Brisbane will now have three of the 12 national e-health lead implementation sites after the wave two sites were announced today. Brisbane South General Practice Division and Mater Misericordiae Health Services Brisbane have been selected as the two new e-health lead implementation sites, and will join the existing project by GP Partners and Queensland Health.

“The Brisbane e-health super-site is exciting news for patients, as thousands of Queenslanders will be able to sign up for e-health records over the next twelve months,” Ms Roxon said.

“E-health is one of the critical elements of the Gillard Government’s efforts to modernise our health system through national health reform.”

Local members from Brisbane and surrounding areas said that it’s great news that communities across Brisbane will benefit from being a part of this important project.

“E-health records will help to provide faster diagnosis, cut down on medication errors and give patients peace of mind as doctors will be able to see the patient’s medication history,” Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP said.

“The Brisbane South Division and Mater Hospital projects will enable a major expansion of the e-health records across Brisbane,” said Member for Oxley, Bernie Ripoll MP.

Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann MP said that the goal of the Brisbane South, Ipswich and West Moreton e-health site is to implement e-health records that support sharing of electronic health information across communities.

“Brisbane South is embarking on an innovative approach to increasing e-health records enrolment including a strategy to sign up families with kids starting school,” Mr Neumann said.

“Mater Hospital is changing the way mums and bubs are cared for by introducing an electronic Pregnancy Health Record referred to as a “hand-held” record and is carried by the woman during her pregnancy as she visits her various care providers, within Mater and in the community,” Member for Griffith, Kevin Rudd MP said.

“The ‘hand-held’ will ensure a single source of patient information and, importantly, provide Maternity consumers with an enhanced ability to manage and own their health care.

“These projects have great geographical spread but are also collaborative efforts brining together local Divisions of General Practice as well as public and private hospitals, allied health and GPs,” Mr Rudd said.

Minister Roxon said a key feature of these projects is that they can help to reduce the chance of medical errors and save patients from having to repeat their health history every time they visit a new doctor.

“These projects will lead the roll-out of e-health records for a wide range of patients, including Indigenous Australians in the NT, WA and SA, chronic disease patients in Western Sydney and aged care and palliative patients in NSW, the ACT and Tasmania,” Ms Roxon said.

“With more than 90 applications received, it’s clear there is a high level of support for e-health. These nine new sites will add to our existing three lead implementation sites that are busy working to implement their program.

“Our 12 e-health lead implementation sites are aiming to have more than half a million Australians enrolled before the national launch of e-health records next year.

“Of course, it’s disappointing that Mr Abbott continues to oppose e-health and refuses to back national health reform.”

The Gillard Government is investing up to $55 million in these nine lead implementation sites as a part of its overall investment of $467 million so that patients will be able to sign up for a personally controlled electronic health records from 1 July 2012.

Details of the lead implementation sites and the National e-Health Conference Report can be downloaded from www.yourhealth.gov.au.

For all media inquiries, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220