8 may 2012
The commitment of funding in the Budget to continue the rollout of a national eHealth system has been welcomed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
Acting President of the PSA, Claire O’Reilly, said the $233.7 million investment for eHealth would deliver practical benefits to all Australians which in turn would result in much improved health outcomes.
“eHealth has been one of the missing links in enabling collaborative primary health-care teams to work effectively together to improve the wellbeing of all Australians,” Dr O’Reilly said.
“This funding will help to ensure delivery of a system that will give pharmacists access to essential patient health information to allow better outcomes to be delivered by the pharmacy profession.
“PSA has been a very strong supporter of the development and implementation of national eHealth initiatives and has been closely involved in providing constructive input to National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) via its representatives on key committees and through submissions and consultations.
“PSA is presently working with NEHTA and its Change and Adoption Partner McKinsey & Co, providing the perspectives of pharmacists to assist in the implementation of a key eHealth initiative, the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record. PSA is specifically helping to build awareness of adoption of PCEHRs.”
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