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 Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Australia announced a national strategy on deploying health records available over the internet to every citizen, as The Canberra Times reported yesterday. Patients would be able to securely access their medical claims and rebates over public networks as of 2008. Later on, patients would have online access to their pharmaceutical benefits schemes claims. Eventually, Australians would have access to their individual digital files, which would be automatically updated by health service providers.

A parallel initiative is focusing on ensuring effective follow-up medical care for indigenous children in remote areas. Depending on the patientís or their parentsí authorization, health professionals would be able to access their digital records to support ongoing care.

(The full article "Aust health histories to be accessible on internet" by Danielle Cronin health reporter, Canberra Times, 21 August 2007, is not available freely online.)