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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin August 2011
14 AUGUST 2011 On 1 July 2010, the Healthcare Identifiers Service (HI Service) commenced operation, providing a unique 16-digit identifier number for patients and healthcare providers. Operated by Medicare Australia, the HI Service enables important health information about a patient to be more readily and securely linked with other information about the patient. For instance, a patient with a chronic illness may have multiple healthcare providers. Through e-Health, patient records and case histories will be communicated safely to and from the referring healthcare provider and the required service or specialist. E-HEALTH SITES Australians will soon start to enjoy the benefits of e-Health in their local community with the government announcing 12 e-Health sites across Australia. These e-Health sites are: • Hunter Urban Division of General Practice (HUDGP) • GP Partners Limited • Melbourne East General Practice Network Limited (MEGPN) • Brisbane South Division Limited • The NSW Department of Health • Department of Health and Human Services (Tasmania) • Calvary Health Care ACT Limited • Northern Territory Department of Health and Families • St Vincent and Mater Health Sydney Limited • Fred IT Group Pty Limited THE NORTHERN LIGHTS Interdisciplinary Dental Conference 12-19 February 2012 Kirkenes – Bergen Norway Due to a couple of late cancellations, there exists a few places in this exciting conference with varied and informative lectures. Be quick for your chance to participate in this conference. For information Contact Dr Chris Cole Phone: 02 6772 9386 email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Medibank Private Limited • Mater Misericordiae Health Services Brisbane These sites will be the catalyst for e-Health in Australia and their implementation is a significant step forward on the road to a nationally-integrated e-Health system. Announcing the new sites, the Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon said, “the 12 e-Health lead implementation sites are aiming to have more than half a million Australians enrolled before the national launch of e-Health records next year”. The e-Health sites encompass a number of healthcare sectors – public and private, primary care, aged care and private specialists. The sites focus on a range of areas including improved coordination of care, enhanced continuity of care and improved medication management. The sites will implement different PCEHR components and, importantly, lessons learnt will help further development and implementation. NEHTA were proud sponsors of the Australian Dental Congress on 31 March to 2 April in Brisbane. NEHTA will continue to work collaboratively to support the industry and encourage dentists to keep up-to-date with e-Health developments across Australia: www.e-Healthinfo.gov.au. Alison Sweeney Public Affairs Officer National E-Health Transition Authority REfEREnCES References are available on request from email@example.com For further information on NEHTA visit: www.nehta.gov.au “A requirement for a safe and secure e-Health system is the ability to uniquely identify everyone involved in a single healthcare transaction. This includes the person receiving healthcare, the person administering healthcare and the place where the healthcare is administered.”
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