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Online health records: the way of the future

19 July 2011 - 6:12pm

Most of us struggle to remember our various logins and passwords, but what about keeping track of our complete medical history?

The good news is that soon we may not have to.

A $29.9 million contract has been secured by McKinsey and Company to lead change management in the nation's transition to Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR).

E-health records remove the complications of trying to remember individual medical procedures, immunisations and required prescriptions.

The data is regularly updated and kept secure online, where it is accessible only by medical staff.

Minister for health and ageing Nicola Roxon believes that the $466.7 million e-health records system will give Australians a better standard of care.

"For doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals, PCEHRs will help transform Australia’s health system, improving the security of patient information and allowing for better clinical assessments and more efficient, effective treatment," says Roxon.

Australia follows in the footsteps of health systems around the world, which are seeing an increase of the number of doctors accessing patient records on smart phones and tablets.

Regardless of their level of cover, Australian private health insurance holders will be able to opt in to create a record from July 2012.