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

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

Progress in e-health developments in Australia remains slow and low key. Unlike the USA for instance, where e-health is driven by health insurance companies and private health care organisations, the developments in Australia largely depend on government initiatives. The fact that private companies are driving the development elsewhere is a clear indication that significant cost savings can be achieved through e-health.

Back in 2010, it looked like that the national broadband network (NBN) could be a catalyst in kick-starting these initiatives, the most important policy initiatives in this respect were linked to the Medicare reforms, which provide health insurance coverage for selected video consults in rural and regional areas, as well as projects linked to the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR).

However, with the downgrading of the NBN and a lack of interest from the current government in e-health in general, hardly any new initiatives have been undertaken since 2013, while the early initiatives have largely been put on hold.

This inertia also has an effect on other e-health initiatives that were starting to emerge in parallel with the early NBN e-health developments. As most e-health services depend on policy leadership from the government as well as on a high quality, high-speed broadband network for their distribution. The focus is now back again on the States, where new and interesting e-health policies are being developed.

This report concentrates on key 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 an overview of e-health, see separate report: Australia - Digital Economy - E-Health Insights, Statistics and Analysis.

We try to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible but while projects often get launched with much fan-fare, there is no information for projects that don't continue or are stalled.

Companies mentioned in this report

Companies mentioned in this report include Oracle, Orion Health, Telstra, Medicare, NEC, Neuroscience Research Australia, Mater Misericordiae, GP Partners Ltd, iSOFT, Medibank, Centrelink, TelehealthNT, HealthInsite, Australian Health Information Council (AHIC), SilverChain, AARNet, Melbourne University, NICTA, CSIRO, vivdways, Access Health, HCF, Optus, Telstra.

Key developments

Hot topics mentioned in this report include PCEHR, NBN, secure delivery, healthcare, baby-boomers, telehealth, broadband, remote diagnosis and remote video monitoring, tele-medicine, tele-health

1. Synopsis
2. E-health in the context of BuddeComm research
3. Government Initiatives
3.1 NSW
3.1.1 Electronic medication
3.1.2 eHealth NSW
3.2 Victoria
3.2.1 Austin Health and Peninsula Health
3.3 Queensland
3.3.1 eHealth Queensland
3.3.2 Telehealth network
3.4 Western Australia
3.4.1 eHealth investment
3.5 Northern Territory
3.5.1 EHR in indigenous communities
3.5.2 Northern Territory state-wide e-health platform
4. E-Health Projects and Initiatives
4.1 Access Health
4.2 Apple' ResearchKit for medical research via iPhones
4.3 Arkaroola Telehealth
4.4 BT's e-Health plans for Australia
4.5 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
4.6 Doctus - Online doctor consultations
4.7 eButton
4.8 Gastrointestinal endoscopy techniques using HDTV
4.9 HCF moves into data analytics
4.10 Health insurance
4.11 Healthe Care for private hospital sector
4.12 Healthdirect
4.13 HealthEngine
4.14 Healthshare
4.15 Hunter Nursing
4.16 My Health Guardian -Telemonitoring
4.17 Rural Health digital TV channel
4.18 Tele-dentistry
4.19 Telehealth trials for WA
4.20 UnitingCare NSW.ACT infrastructure upgrade
4.21 Western Downs Telehealth
5. M-Health
5.1 Health monitoring using smartphones
5.2 Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society
5.2.1 Overview
5.2.2 3DTV for education
5.3 SeeCare IPTV platform for diabetics
5.5.1 Eye care in the outback
5.5.2 Cutting hospital waiting times.
5.5.3 Mobile cardiac care
5.6 Mobile app for the pharmaceutical industry
6. Federal Government
6.1 MyHospitals
6.2 Telehealth specialists in Medicare
7. R&D Projects and Initiatives
7.1 Large scale e-health data analysis
7.2 Smartphones with bio-technology sensors
8. Telstra's e-health initiatives
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Anywhere Healthcare from Medibank
8.3 Dr Foster
8.4 ReadyCare
8.5 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
8.6 High Definition rural e-health services
8.7 Investment in IP Health
8.8 Acquisition of healthcare software company DCA Health
8.9 Iinvestment in Fred IT Group
8.10 TeleHealth connection Northern Territory
8.11 In-home health
9. AARNet
9.1 Eduroam service
9.2 E-health initiative
10. E-health (separate report Insights, Statistics and Analysis)
11. E-health (separate report on global developments)
12. Digital Regions Initiative 2009-2013 (historic)
12.1 Overview
12.2 Funding projects
12.3 Projects
12.4 E-mergency Connect services online
13. Related reports
Exhibit 1 - Automated drug alerts

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