Govt banking on system-wide savings through My Health Record

The federal government is projecting it will save $136.8 million over the next four years through a reduction in duplication of pathology and diagnostic imaging tests due to the use of the My Health Record, with the remaining $112m claimed in this month's federal budget coming from unclear 'health system efficiencies'.

Department of Health officials told the Senate community affairs committee in an estimates hearing last night that modelling it had done based on the system becoming opt-out, with an assumption of a higher take-up by healthcare practitioners, showed savings will begin to accrue from year two of opt out.

This has been calculated at $305 million over four years and included in this month's federal budget as an offset to the new spending of $374.5m, a move the federal opposition described as “incredibly speculative”.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: PCEHR, My Health Record, MyHR

Comments  

0 # Siji Chen 2017-05-31 08:55
Why didn't look from the referral and patient management point of view? There are potential of cost saving through more efficient referral or point to point health record handling other than this billions dollars system. If ADHA is still not mean to use MyHealth Record as a unified eMR, then the op-out may only give some figure benefits to those politicians.

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