Patients and healthcare professionals will be able to access blood tests and x-ray results online as part of the national personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system.
The government is investing $8 million in adding this new functionality, which will be rolled out in the first half of 2014. Part of the roll out includes design work for upgrading existing medical software so that documents can be uploaded and downloaded online.
Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek said in a statement that storing this information online eliminates the need for patients to undergo duplicate tests or doctors to chase down results of previous tests.
The government’s PCEHR system has around 520,000 patients who have signed up since it launched on 1 July 2012.
Last month, the government launched the ‘my child’s eHealth record app for iOS and Android. It allows parents with children under the age of 14 years to add and view information about their child’s health and wellbeing.
In May, the government announced it will invest $10 million into an initiative called Advance Care Directives that lets people store information about the health care they wish to receive at the end of their life using the PCHER system.
The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), the organisation that oversees the PCEHR, also in May did a trial of a messaging system that allows healthcare professionals to securely exchange clinical information online.
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