The ANMF has undertaken with the Department of Health and Ageing to issue an electronic newsletter for nurses and midwives, providing you with relevant information on what the e-Health environment means for you and the people for whom you provide care. The E-news on E-Health series will assist in answering questions you may have on the PCEHR, and resources which will assist you in your workplace.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) e-health is:
‘The combined use of electronic communication and information technology in the health sector’
The National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) is driving the Australian Government’s agenda of electronic health records capability across the country.
What are the benefits of e-health for nurses, midwives, assistants in nursing and consumers of health and aged care?
Top of the list has to be more timely access to information. There will be the ability to: retrieve, transfer and use information across primary, secondary and tertiary sectors within the health and aged care systems; access a person’s health history (including their Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record - PCEHR), reducing the need to recite their full history or remember their medicines regime with every visit to a different health professional; and consult, diagnose and advise treatment across remote sites in a more interactive manner.
While some of this is possible now within the public health system, there is little which crosses the public/private sector divide. This leads not only to frustration for consumers of health and aged care services who move across sectors but may also compromise care when vital information is not relayed in a timely manner.
As the largest cohort of the health workforce, the nursing and midwifery professions are essential to the success of e-health in Australia.
Visit the sites listed below for up to date information and education on how you can make e-health a reality in your workplace.