in brief The Federal Government has formally laid out a two-year timetable for delivering e-health to all Australians.
In a statement released yesterday, Health Minister Nicola Roxon outlined the government's "roadmap to reform" in health over the next two years, including the government's plans for an e-health portal. Roxon had previously indicated that she expected the delivery of the online portal that would allow patients access to their e-health records to take around two years, but in her statement yesterday she set a more exact deadline of July 2012.
This timeline confirms the date laid out in the Federal Budget for the roll-out of e-health records, for which the government has allocated $466.7 million in funding over two years. There had been delays in passing the health identifier Bill which formed the building block of the e-health records plans, but that Bill finally passed at the end of last month.
The new timetable is reliant on the government returning to power after the next election, to be held before the end of this year. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has previously indicated he didn't support the government's $466.7 million investment in e-health.