Electronic health records accessible by H1 2012

March 31, 2012

AUSTRALIA – Nicola Roxon, Australia’s Minister for Health and Ageing, has confirmed the introduction of a nation-wide electronic health records system, according to news website TopNews New Zealand,

The proposed system, which is expected to gain parliamentary approval soon and to be active by July 1, 2012, will allow Australians to personally manage their health records.

According to TopNews, patients often face unnecessary delays, re-testing and increased expenses today because their health records are so fragmented. Hospital records have revealed that between 9 percent and 17 percent of tests are redone without any purpose and 18 percent are redone due to medical errors in previous tests. It is estimated that the new e-health record system would save $11.5 billion by 2025.

One key feature of the new electronic system is it gives the patient full control over access and maintenance of his or her records, guaranteeing the privacy of sensitive personal information.

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