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National eHealth Strategy Summary – December 2008

In early 2008 Australian Health Ministers, through the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council, commissioned Deloitte to develop a strategic framework and plan to guide national coordination and collaboration in eHealth. As part of this process, Deloitte conducted a series of national consultations which included:

  • federal, state and territory governments
  • general practitioners
  • medical specialists
  • nursing and allied health
  • pathology, radiology and pharmacy sectors
  • health information specialists
  • health service managers
  • researchers, academics and consumers

The National eHealth Strategy developed by Deloitte, together with key stakeholders, provides a useful guide to the further development of eHealth in Australia. It adopts an incremental and staged approach to developing eHealth capabilities to:

  • leverage what currently exists in the Australian eHealth landscape
  • manage the underlying variation in capacity across the health sector and states and territories
  • allow scope for change as lessons are learned and technology is developed further

The strategy reinforces the existing collaboration of federal, state and territory governments on the core foundations of a national eHealth system. It identifies priority areas where this can be progressively extended to support health reform in Australia. It also provides sufficient flexibility for individual states and territories, and the public and private health sectors, to determine how they go about eHealth implementation within a common framework and set of priorities to maximise benefits and efficiencies.