Making eHealth Work for Patients and Doctors

The Abbott Government will move to make the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system more practical for the Australian public, as well as for doctors, nurses, and other frontline health care providers.

Page last updated: 13 May 2014

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13 May 2014

The 2014-15 Budget provides $140.6 million to support the operation of eHealth and the PCEHR system for 12 months, while the Government continues planning its response to recommendations in the recently completed PCEHR review.

Labor promised much with the PCEHR but delivered very little.

Implementation issues have plagued the PCEHR from day one, but the Abbott Government will get it back on track so that it provides real benefits to patients and health professionals alike.

Most clinicians are not using the system.

The Government will need to make it effective, functional and easy for all Australians to use, and clinically relevant to health providers.

The PCEHR review identified key flaws in the current design and implementation of the PCEHR, and made some significant recommendations to improve the system.

The Government will continue to consider the recommendations over the coming months to understand the issues, their implications and the best ways to deliver on the intended outcomes.

The current issues with the PCEHR stem from Labor’s rushed implementation, and this Government refuses to make that same mistake.

Careful planning and consultation are required to ensure that the Government’s response to the recommendations and future investment in the eHealth system provide the best results possible for the Australian people.

The Abbott Government is making decisions that repair the Budget, strengthen the economy and prepare Australia for the long term challenges before us.

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