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Australian Government Perspective on eHealth in Aged Care National Aged Care Assessment Program Conference 20 May 2010. Janine Bevan Director Clinical Communications Section, e Health Strategy Branch Primary and Ambulatory Care Division. Agenda. What drives Government?

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Australian Government Perspective on eHealth in Aged Care National Aged Care Assessment Program Conference20 May 2010

Janine Bevan


Clinical Communications Section, eHealth Strategy Branch

Primary and Ambulatory Care Division


What drives Government?

Recent announcements on health reform

National eHealth Strategy and eHealth directions

Implications for Aged Care and Aged Care Assessment Teams

Personally Controlled Electronic Health records

Aged Care Case Studies


Population factors – ageing, incidence of chronic disease

Health outcomes – equity issues, consumer expectations

Safety & quality – areas for improvement & innovation

Workforce – mix, supply & distribution

Costs – meeting demand & technological advances

Health Reform Process

COAG meeting in Canberra on 19-20 April 2010

Health Reform Process

On 11 May 2010, the Australian Government released

“A National Health and Hospital Network for Australia’s Future - Delivering Better Health and Better Hospitals” which outlines the reforms agreed by COAG on 19-20 April 2010 and announced as part of the 2010-11 Federal Budget.

New governance functions at the local level:

Local Hospital Networks (LHNs)

de-centralise public hospital management

increase local accountability to drive improvements in performance

commence from 1 July 2011

Medicare Locals

better integration of GP and primary care, so more responsive to the needs of patients and communities

integral to the incorporation of state funded primary care into a new cohesive system

first Medicare Locals to commence from 1 July 2011

Governance reform to implement change

Government announced $467 million over 2 years from July 2010 to establish a personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR)

The system will be available from 2012-13

for all Australians who choose to participate

The Department will consult with Aged Care Providers and Healthcare professionals, consumers and clinicians as we progress the PCEHR

Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records

The vision for E-Health

“E-Health will enable a safer, higher quality, more equitable and sustainable health system for all Australians by transforming the way information is used to plan, manage and deliver health care services.”

National E-Health Strategy, 2008

established in 2005 by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments

to progress the development of critical eHealth foundations including healthcare identifiers, authentication and common language, and technical standards.

web address:

NationaleHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA)

Healthcare Identifiers are key foundations to support development of national eHealth initiatives

Healthcare Identifiers Bill introduced February 2010 - subject to passage of Bills in the Senate during winter 2010

Healthcare Identifiers

Potential eHealth Benefits for Aged Care

Improvements in care – better access to client information, improvements in care planning, reductions in medication errors, better monitoring of chronic disease conditions etc

Improvements in efficiency – simplified, less time consuming administrative processes, improved documentation, access to evidence based information at point of care, supply chain solutions

How will all this affect Aged Care Assessment Teams?

Incremental introduction of the eHealth foundations and solutions

Unique Healthcare Identifiers

Access to consumers electronic health record with their consent

Available on Department of Health and Ageing website

Integrated Hands-free Communications at Samarinda Lodge

Baptist Community Services Aged Friendly Home

Case Studies

Case study 1: Integrated hands-free communications at Samarinda Lodge aged care home in Melbourne

Wireless voice activated devices and IP telephony for residents achieved staff time efficiencies of almost 10%

Case study 2: Age Friendly Home Marsfield Sydney

A unique innovative project which demonstrates how integrated future focused technologies will enable major improvements in how aged care services are provided

Further information on Case Studies

In summary

  • National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission recommends uptake of eHealth by aged care providers by 2013

  • National eHealth Strategy provides a guide for eHealth activity for the next ten years

  • The Department is committed to promoting the use of technology in aged care

  • Aged Care peak bodies are strategically and actively involved with NEHTA

  • Department will be working closely with key representatives for Aged Care in the future

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