Government begins consumer eHealth push


The federal government has launched a new website aimed at educating consumers about the eHealth records system prior to the PCEHR's launch on July 1.

The government describes the website, at www.ehealth.gov.au, as an online “learning centre” that will inform and educate the public and healthcare professionals about eHealth and the PCEHR.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Ageing said the learning centre will feature a range of information about the eHealth record system and the infrastructure that will support it.

“This online tool provides interactive features for the general public, who may be hearing about eHealth records for the first time, and for healthcare professionals who may be looking for more detailed material,” the spokeswoman said.

She also said an events program is underway, involving presentations to key consumer groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, older Australians and mothers and newborn children.

Patients can not yet register for their PCEHR on the website, but can elect to be kept up to date on eHealth news and register their interest in signing up for an individual record.

The website will house the promised consumer and provider portals being built by Orion Health for viewing individual PCEHRs, and a software developers' resource centre that links to NEHTA's current software vendors' site.

The DoHA spokeswoman said in addition to registering online, consumers will be able to register for a PCEHR at Medicare shop fronts, by submitting a paper application form or by calling a new registration number, 1800 PCEHR1 (1800 723 471).

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said the learning centre includes click-through modules tailored for the public and healthcare professionals, and case studies illustrating how eHealth records will benefit people in a variety of settings.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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