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Australia - Digital Economy - E-Health - Initiatives, Pilots and Projects


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E-health where key killer applications utilise truly high-speed broadband networks are starting to emerge. The Australian Government is a leader in strategic trans-sector thinking, is linking e-health developments to the National Broadband Network.

Pilot programs commenced in 2011 with the rollout of the National Broadband Network. In 2011 nine further implementation sites funded by over $55 million enable patients to sign up for a personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHR). And from July 2012 all Australians will be able to participate in shared e-health records. A single sign-on will allow several government sites to be accessed, tightening security and alleviating multiple accesses by clients. Unfortunately mobile access to the PCEHR records will not be on the agenda due to security concerns about mobile operating systems.

This report concentrates specifically on developments in e-health projects in Australia. We provide an overview of trials, both publicly and privately funded, initiatives in e-health with an overview of pilot programs as well. For and overview on e-health, see separate report: Australia - Digital Economy - E-Health - Overview, Stats and Analysis.

Companies mentioned

Companies mentioned in this report include – Oracle, Orion Health, Telstra, Medicare, NEC, Neuroscience Research Australia, Mater Misericordiae, GP Partners Ltd, iSOFT, Medibank.

Hot topics mentioned

Hot topics mentions in this report include – PCEHR, NBN, secure delivery, healthcare, baby-boomers, telehealth, broadband, remote diagnosis and remote video monitoring.


1. Synopsis
2. E-health in the context of BuddeComm research
3. e-health projects and the NBN
3.1 Government’s e-health – NBN policies
3.2 Aged Care offers e-health solution
3.3 E-health Neuroscience projects
3.4 Broadband enabling better chronic disease management
3.5 Disability support services available to remote Australia via the NBN
3.6 Telehealth for people living with cancer and those requiring palliative care
3.7 High-definition videoconferencing pilot program
3.8 NBN-enabled telehealth pilots program
3.9 TelehealthNT
3.10 Mental healthcare project in South Australia
4. Other e-health projects and initiatives
4.1 HealthInsite
4.2 Australian Health Information Council
4.3 MyHospitals
4.4 NSW e-health projects – electronic medication
4.5 Northern Territory leading the national e-health charge
4.6 Online health consulting
4.7 Victoria to spend $100m on e-health
4.8 Telehealth specialists
4.9 E-Health Roll Outs The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
4.10 New e-health initiative from AARNet
4.11 Medibank HealthBook
5. Digital Regions Initiative
5.1 Overview
5.2 Funding projects
5.3 Projects
5.4 E-mergency Connect services online
5.5 E-health necessary to lower increases in health costs for baby boomers
5.6 NBN trials
5.6.1 NSW telehealth trials – 2011
5.6.2 Townsville telehealth diabetes home monitoring – 2012
5.7 Telehealth video consultations to 2015
6. R&D projects and initiatives
6.1 Melbourne University
6.1.1 Overview
6.1.2 3DTV delivers education using high-speed broadband
6.2 NICTA
7. Private initiatives
7.1 Smartphones in healthcare
7.2 Mobile app for the pharmaceutical industry
7.3 Hunter Nursing
7.4 e-Health in the private hospital sector
7.5 iSOFT
7.6 Fibre for greenfield projects – Access Health
7.7 HCF moves into data analytics
7.8 Rural Health digital TV channel
8. Telstra’s e-health initiatives
8.1 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
8.2 High Definition rural e-health services
9. E-health (separate report – Overview Stats and Analysis)
10. E-health (separate report on global developments)
11. Related reports
List of Tables
Table 1 – Estimated cost of diabetes in the community – 2002; 2032

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