Health Minister Nicola Roxon has finally turned her gaze to e-health, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said today.
"I know that Nicola, our health minister, has been working
extensively on some e-health reforms," Conroy said at an Australian Information Industry
Association lunch in Sydney today. "Without getting
into trouble, I understand that there are some things in the not
too distant future that she might be saying on this front."
Roxon's inaction on the e-health front has had the Shadow Health
Minister Peter Dutton
saying earlier this year that she had no agenda, despite his offers of
bipartisan support for reforms. His views were shared by some in the e-health industry.
While states have been forging on with their own e-health
Queensland and the
Australian Capital Territory in particular laying out large
sums of money for revamping health systems, the Federal Government
did not give it significant consideration in the recent budget.
The Council of Australian Governments has passed over discussing
the National e-health Transition Authority's business case for
a national plan on e-health numerous times.
Roxon is currently examining a report from the
National Health and Hospital Reform Commission, which will touch on
e-health issues. According to the Australian Financial Review, this report
suggested tying federal funding for hospitals to e-health