Medicines Australia welcomes e-health investment

Medicines Australia chief executive Dr Brendan Shaw today welcomed the $466.7 million investment in e-health announced in the Federal Budget.

Dr Shaw said the move to electronic records was a critical step towards delivering a fully integrated healthcare system.

“Electronic health records make it much easier for patients to keep track of their medication and immunisation history and will help ensure doctors’ prescribing decisions are properly informed by appropriate patient health data,” Dr Shaw said.

“That is critical from a Quality Use of Medicines perspective.

“A national e-health record promises a much more efficient system of health delivery.

“It also has great potential to help reduce the number of avoidable adverse events stemming from inadequate patient health information.

“Medicines Australia hopes the investment announced tonight will hasten the delivery of a functional and effective e-health network.”


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