NACCHO supports the introduction of a national eHealth record system. Through AMSANT our sector has directly experienced the benefits that have been gleaned from a shared electronic health record system (SEHR).
Our sector has been early adopters of eHealth initiatives for many years. More recent examples include: AMSANT and AHCSA integration with the NT Department of Health and Families eHealth site (wave 2) project, QAIHC adoption of the eCollaboratives project and the KAMSC regional linkage of Aboriginal Medical Services to hospitals in the Kimberley to name just a few examples.
As a result our sector is in a unique position to participate in the monitoring and evaluation of the PCEHR system as we have extensive knowledge and practice to draw from. NACCHO and its affiliates are committed to the National eHealth agenda.
This commitment has been demonstrated through the establishment of the NACCHO eHealth Expert group made up of leadership and technical experts from every state and territory. This group is working to develop a National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service eHealth strategy and action plan by July 2012.
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