National E-Health Strategy

The National E-Health Strategy

Page last updated: 26 September 2012

In early 2008, Australian Health Ministers, through the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council, commissioned Deloitte to develop a strategic framework and plan to guide national coordination and collaboration in E-Health. As part of this process, Deloitte conducted a series of national consultations which included Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, general practitioners, medical specialists, nursing and allied health, pathology, radiology and pharmacy sectors, health information specialists, health service managers, researchers, academics and consumers.

The National E-Health Strategy developed by Deloitte, together with key stakeholders, provides a useful guide to the further development of E-Health in Australia. It adopts an incremental and staged approach to developing E-Health capabilities to:

  • leverage what currently exists in the Australian E-Health landscape;
  • manage the underlying variation in capacity across the health sector and states and territories; and
  • allow scope for change as lessons are learned and technology is developed further.

The Strategy reinforces the existing collaboration of Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments on the core foundations of a national E-Health system, and identifies priority areas where this can be progressively extended to support health reform in Australia. It also provides sufficient flexibility for individual states and territories, and the public and private health sectors, to determine how they go about E-Health implementation within a common framework and set of priorities to maximise benefits and efficiencies.

Summary of the National E-Health Strategy (PDF 246 KB)
Summary of the National E-Health Strategy (HTML Version)

The full version of the National E-Health Strategy can be downloaded (PDF 3522 KB)
The full version of the National E-Health Strategy (HTML Version)

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The personally controlled electronic health record system

The Australian Government’s personally controlled electronic health (eHealth) record system was launched on 1 July 2012. People can now register for an eHealth record – a secure electronic summary of your important health information.

Visit eHealth website to register for an eHealth record or to find out more information about the eHealth record system.

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