Australia is the the most recent nation to recommit to a significant investment in eHealth.
A report released today by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Health Minister Nicola Roxon suggests that Australia must spend $1.2 to $1.9 Billion on eHealth. The report endorsed the recommendations of the National e-health strategy completed by Deloitte last year. Its figure for rolling out a National e-health agenda of $1185 to $1865 million roughly mirrored the consultant's original reported amount for implementing its national strategy. In addition to Deloitte's recommendations, the NHHRC put out a plea for better leadership on e-health. "We urge the Commonwealth Government to take responsibility for accelerating and adequately resourcing implementation of a National e-health Action Plan which incorporates strengthened national leadership to direct and revitalise implementation and which values and actively seeks the expert guidance of key stakeholders," it said. Click on this link to read the full report Australia must spend $1.2 to $1.9b on e-health: News - Software - ZDNet Australia
All investments pale in comparison to what the US is about to spend on eHealth and Electronic Health Records ($48-50 Billion), however this is another indication that the world is waking up to the need to revamp healthcare systems and do away with inefficient paper processes if countries are going to be able to sustain economic recovery in the face of growing healthcare costs.
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