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E-Health benefits spread as nine new sites start work



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP Minister for Health and Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

29 March 2011

E-Health Benefits Spread as Nine New Sites Start Work

Mothers and new born babies, Australians suffering from chronic disease and patients in aged and palliative care are some of the first groups set to benefit from national health reform as nine new locations have been selected to lead the roll-out of e-health records.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon today announced the second wave projects that have been selected as e-health lead implementation sites for the Gillard Government’s $467 million national personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHR) project.

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

“In these nine projects we can see practical examples of how e-health can improve heath care for patients.

“Most importantly, these projects 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.

“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.

“In particular, this announcement will see Brisbane become an ‘e-health super site’, with both North and South Brisbane and maternity at the Mater Hospital to be covered.

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

Minister Roxon made the announcement at Medibank Health Solutions, where Medibank Private’s Managing Director, George Savvides, explained how their e-health project will initially focus on members enrolled in their Health Management and Chronic Disease Management programs enabling them to record their own health data.

“Medibank Private members will be able to access their own Health Book, which will combine their health records with a personal health diary and help them better manage and understand their own health care needs,” Mr Savvides said.

"Over time, Medibank's Health Book will help members better manage their chronic disease by also including health management plans, medical test results and prompting them with reminders about appointments or other health events."

The Minister also announced the outcomes of the successful national e-health conference held in Melbourne last year, which have been released through the National e-Health Conference Report.

“The conference provided an important opportunity for collaboration between clinicians, health consumers and the IT industry around the design and implementation of a PCEHR system,” Minister Roxon said.

“This report reveals how participants thought we should approach the opportunities and challenges ahead for e-health, and in particular discusses some of the innovation potential for the sector. This will be a useful report in the ongoing implementation of e-health records.”

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.

Further details on the PCEHR and the first wave of lead implementation sites is available from www.yourhealth.gov.au and the National E-Health Transition Authority website: http://www.nehta.gov.au/ehealth-implementation/pcehr-lead-sites

For more information, contact Ms Roxon’s Office: (02) 6277 7220

SECOND WAVE E-HEALTH LEAD IMPLEMENTATION SITES

Medibank Private (nationwide)

This project will implement a PCEHR and Personal Health Diary called ‘Health Book’. The solution will initially target all customers and their providers enrolled in Medibank’s Health Management and Chronic Disease Management programs.

FRED IT MedView Project (nationwide, with a focus on Geelong, Vic)

This is the first time a project will provide a solution that will allow Australian clinicians to see a combined list of prescribed and dispensed medications regardless of how many different doctors and pharmacies the patient has attended.

Brisbane South General Practice Division

The project will develop a substantial major capital city PCEHR system and will bring two Divisions of General Practice onboard (Brisbane South and Ipswich & West Moreton) and public and private hospitals, allied health and GPs. The project will target people with disabilities and their carers, war veterans and war widows and children commencing school. It will align with the existing Brisbane North site.

Mater Misericordiae Health Services Brisbane The Mater Hospital project will implement a PCEHR for maternity patients and newborn babies for the Brisbane area. The project involves three GP Divisions (South East Alliance, Brisbane South and the South East Primary HealthCare network) and will partner with private specialists, private and public hospitals and GPs.

St Vincent’s and Mater Health Sydney

The project will improve clinical communication across the participating hospitals and other health professionals through the delivery of key PCEHR components including GP health summaries, GP referrals and interoperability between two major Australian shared electronic health record solutions, Smart Health Solutions and Precedence Healthcare.

Greater Western Sydney e-Health Consortium (NSW Health)

The project will focus on high priority consumer groups in the Greater Western Sydney region, including mothers and babies, aged and chronic and complex diseases, Aboriginal medical services and the culturally and linguistically diverse population. The project will include secure messaging and eReferral programs and a medical imaging repository.

Northern Territory Department of Health and Families

To provide the residents of the Northern Territory with access to a PCEHR-aligned shared electronic health record. In particular the project will focus on indigenous communities and also extend into six East Kimberley hospitals in Western Australia and to remote Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in South Australia.

Tasmanian North West Area Health Service

This project targets aged and palliative care patients and their families, Palliative care medical specialists and clinical nurse consultants in north west Tasmania.

Calvary Health Care ACT

This project has a strong focus on aged and palliative care and will test existing e-health solutions under the new national PCEHR foundations.

All nine organisations were selected following a competitive process by the Department of Health and Ageing and National E-Health Transition Authority. All organisations managing these projects will now develop their final plans over the next eight weeks to ensure their work programs clearly meet national objectives

before receiving final payments to implement the projects.