E-Health is the rapidly expanding field of health information and communication technology supporting health systems and services. It will allow health care practitioners to act on accurate and up to date health care information when providing care to patients, and lead to improvements in the quality and efficiency of health care delivery. Through the use of telehealth (also known as telemedicine), it will also assist in addressing rural health disadvantage by providing health care services to patients in rural and remote locations.
The main areas of e-health are:
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ACRRM TeleHealth Advisory Committee
The RACP is a member of the ACRRM TeleHealth Advisory Committee, which is developing of standards and guidelines for telehealth. In furthering the work of the Committee, ACRRM has created an online community for health care practitioners who are interested in the use of TeleHealth to improve access to care for rural, Aboriginal and aged care patients.
Australia: National E-Health Strategy
Quality and safety are the key drivers behind the National E-Health Strategy and its release in 2008 outlined four major strategic streams of activity: foundations, e-health solutions, change and adoption and governance.
The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has been established by the Australian State and Territory governments to develop better ways of electronically collecting and securely exchanging health information. NEHTA has a number of reference groups comprising a range of stakeholders, including clinician representatives. For further details, visit their website here. Some of NEHTA's key outputs, including the Concept of Operations for the Personally Controlled E-Health Record (PCEHR) can be found on the Department of Health and Ageing's ehealth website.
New Zealand: National Health IT Plan
The National Health IT Plan supports improvements in the quality and delivery of health care services, underpins new models of care, and seeks to deliver better value for money.
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