Patients to benefit from new doctor information network
Australian Government funding support for a new information network to support General Practitioners will lead to improved health care for their patients. The Divisions of General Practice Information Management Strategy will receive up to $7 million over four years.
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7 November 2005
Federal Government funding support for a new information network to support General Practitioners will lead to improved health care of their patients, the Federal Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, announced yesterday.
Ms Bishop said the Divisions of General Practice Information Management Strategy will receive up to $7 million in Federal Government funding over four years.
The strategy includes:
- Regional Health Information Management Consultants, embedded in the Divisions of General Practice Network across Australia, to support implementation and change
- A Virtual Private Network, to provide a secure repository for shared information and knowledge
- Data extraction tools, to enable relevant practice and clinical information to be accessed securely and easily.
"The role of GPs will assume greater importance in the context of the ageing population and it is vital to have efficient information systems in place," she said.
"This strategy means GP Divisions will have more effective tools to support GPs, and this will lead to improved and more viable health care.
"The Divisions Performance Information Framework will also generate information to better inform both health policy and clinical practice.
"Benefits will flow to the network, to practices, to GPs in their consulting rooms and to their patients."
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