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Australia - Digital Economy - E-Health - Overview, Stats and Analysis


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Australia - Digital Economy - E-Health - Overview, Stats and Analysis

E-health is becoming an area where key killer applications that utilise truly high-speed broadband networks emerge. The Australian Government is a leader in strategic trans-sector thinking, linking e-health developments to the National Broadband Network. Early diagnosis and after-treatment patient monitoring are two areas where significant synergies may be found using applications provided to users at home.

As the financing of the public health systems in Australia becomes increasingly costly, an opportunity exists to lower costs through more effective use of web services for healthcare consumers. With widely available and cost effective high-speed broadband infrastructure, e-health is enabling customers to benefit from advances in medical technology and medical services.

While broader economic conditions in Australia remain subdued, spending on e-health solutions is likely to continue.

In this report we provide an overview of e-health mixed with analysis, industry statistics and benefits that e-health will be able to deliver with the correct infrastructure mix of developments including the NBN rollout across Australia. For information on e-health, projects, pilots and initiatives, see separate report: Australia - Digital Economy - E-Health - Initiatives, Pilots and Projects.


1. Synopsis
2. The Health Care Market
2.1 The size of the Health Care Market
2.2 High and hidden costs
2.3 A fractured system
2.4 Required investment and real costs
2.5 The cost of keeping the same course
2.6 ICT Underinvestment in Healthcare
3. E-health in the context of BuddeComm research
4. Introduction e-health
4.1 Definitions, overview, challenges
4.2 Healthcare challenges
4.2.1 Emerging health crisis
4.2.2 The healthcare system
4.2.3 Challenges in aged e-health
4.3 E-health: start with the professionals
5. Australian digital healthcare system
6. Budget 2013: eHealth overview
7. Smartphones are pushing mobile health
8. Connected health market
9. Digital economy benefits
9.1 Healthcare is a key driver
9.2 This is how to stimulate e-health uptake
9.3 Accessing e-health records using a single sign-on
10. The national health reform
10.1 Introduction
10.2 National E-Health Transition Authority
10.2.1 Overview
10.2.2 National Authentication Service for e-health (NASH)
10.3 National Broadband Network will play a key role
10.4 Breaking down silo system through leadership
10.5 E-health identifiers
10.5.1 Healthcare Identi?ers Bill 2010
10.5.2 GP networks starting to use the identifier
10.6 Interoperability of electronic prescriptions.
11. BT's e-Health plans for Australia
11.1 E-Health initiatives in Britain
11.2 BT's involvement
12. Optimising e-health
12.1 Critical e-health assessment from Booz & Company
12.2 Key conclusions
13. Analysis by Frost & Sullivan
14. Medical technology industry
15. E-health (separate report on the National Broadband Network)
16. E-health (separate report projects, pilots and initiatives)
17. E-health (separate report on global developments)
18. Related reports
Table 1 - Australian Health Market 2010
Table 2 - Percentage of GDP and government spend on aged care - 2001; 2008 - 2010; 2040; 2050
Chart 1 Overview of GDP spent on aged care versus government spend 2001; 2008 - 2010; 2040; 2050
Exhibit 1 - Primary and community health sector statistics
Exhibit 2 Aged care services statistics
Exhibit 3 Costs of e-health plan
Exhibit 4 Funding for e-records

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