eHealth

eHealth is the electronic management of health information to deliver safer, more efficient, and better quality healthcare.

eHealth provides new ways of managing health information and the delivery of healthcare online, making it more accessible regardless of where in Australia you live. National health reform is harnessing advances in information technology to meet the Australian Government’s objective of providing more care when and where people need it.

Telehealth gives Australians living in regional, rural and remote locations greater access to a range of consultations with GPs and specialists. It bridges the distance between people living in rural or remote Australia with specialist healthcare delivering real-time health consultations online.

While the better use and management of patient health information – shared safely and securely between healthcare organisations via a connected national electronic system – will make the delivery of health care more effective and efficient.

Personally controlled electronic health records

The Australian Government’s personally controlled electronic health (eHealth) record system was launched on 1 July 2012.

People seeking healthcare in Australia can now register for an eHealth record – a secure, electronic summary of your important health information.
Register for your eHealth record
Take control of your health. Register for a personally controlled electronic health record.
Visit eHealth website at www.ehealth.gov.au
An eHealth record is a secure electronic summary of your health records and information. You and the healthcare organisations you authorise can access it online whenever you need, from wherever you are.

Being able to register from 1 July was the first step in delivering Australia’s eHealth record system, which continues to be rolled out in carefully managed stages. Medicare data, including MBS, PBS, Australian Organ Donor Register and Australian Childhood Immunisation Register data, will be incorporated into the eHealth record system for those people who want such information to be part of their record.

Healthcare organisations can now register to participate in the eHealth record system and authorise doctors, nurses and other appropriate users within their organisation to view patient records through the secure online provider portal.

As people register for an eHealth record and as healthcare organisations connect to the system, the better connected Australia’s health system will become and the better it will serve all Australians.

Over time, having an eHealth record will help make getting the right treatment faster, safer and easier.

Learn more about the personally controlled electronic health record system

An online Learning Centre has been established to help people learn about the personally controlled electronic health record system. The Learning Centre has been developed with information and training modules tailored to the specific needs of consumers and healthcare professionals.

Visit eHealth Lerning Centre at http://publiclearning.ehealth.gov.au to find out about the benefits of having an eHealth record, how to get involved, and how to use the eHealth record system.

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