Electronic health records

Tuesday 29 March 2011 @ 11.54 p.m. | IP & Media | Legal Research

About half a million patients will be the first to receive electronic health records under Labor's plan to overhaul the way medical data is kept.

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon yesterday announced $55 million for nine projects.

They include a project for doctors to view all medicines prescribed and dispensed to a particular patient.

Also funded was a Medibank Private project to create electronic records containing basic health information and history for 28,000 patients.

Other projects will provide e-health records for maternity patients in Brisbane.

The government has said that by July 1 next year any patient will be able to ask their doctor to create an e-health record. They will be uploaded onto the web to be accessed with patient permission by any of Australia's 700,000 registered medical and allied professionals.

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