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E-health in Australia: time to plunge into the 21st century

Melissa Wake, Sarah A Davies, Harriet Hiscock and Gervase M Chaney
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (4): 211-212.

To the Editor: E-health’s great promise is to improve health care delivery efficiency and effectiveness1 by enhancing multidisciplinary care planning and information exchange.2 General practice is now largely computerised.3 However, a chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and Australia’s otherwise slow progress towards linking secondary care into a functioning national e-health system is frustrating.1,4 We join the chorus, raising concerns about the e-health readiness of the paediatric sector.

  • Melissa Wake1
  • Sarah A Davies1
  • Harriet Hiscock1
  • Gervase M Chaney2,3

  • 1 Centre for Community Child Health (Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and University of Melbourne), Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, WA.
  • 3 Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: Melissa.wake@rch.org.au

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