eHealth boost with Coalition Government

Health technology systems integrator CSC claimed the election win by the O’Farrell Coalition Government in the NSW State election was a win for the health services industry.
CSC's national director for health services, Lisa Pettigrew, said policy announcements prior to the election from the Shadow Health Minister Jillian Skinner were “very promising” for the health sector and for eHealth in Australia.
"We look forward to helping the new NSW Government review and optimise technology and eHealth investments to deliver better outcomes for patients and clinicians across NSW,” she said.
“We applaud the announcement of the $2 million investment in the establishment of a Telehealth Technology Centre at Nepean Hospital and we encourage the new NSW Government to embrace the COAG and Federal Government’s plans for personally controlled electronic health records available for all Australians.”
In 2010, CSC released the Australian eHealth research report “A Rising Tide of Expectations – Australian Consumers’ Perspective on Electronic Health Records – A Necessary Ingredient in Health Reform”.
CSC's research found the majority of Australians want electronic health records and they want choice and control over their healthcare information.
The policies of the NSW Coalition focus on keeping people healthy and out of hospital, improved openness, better management of chronic disease and integration with community pharmacies and restoring local decision making.
Pettigrew believed all the Coalition’s planned policies could only succeed if underpinned by quality information management technology systems providing the information and data for local clinicians and community leaders to make the right decisions with the right data to provide better and safer patient care.

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