Victoria takes e-health national

A Victorian government-funded electronic health service will be offered to every Australian with a chronic illness

A Victorian government-funded electronic health service will be offered to people with chronic illnesses across Australia, following the announcement that 10,000 patients had signed up for the service.

Victorian health minister David Davis announced that the Collaborative Care Cluster Australia (CCCA) is now a national program that “empowers patients to work collaboratively with their GPs, specialists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to manage their own health issues using a new online capability.”

Davis was referring to the CCCA’s Chronic Disease Management Network (cdmNET), an online system that links patients with their own care plan and helps an entire healthcare team share information.

“Now for the first time in Australia, patients with chronic illnesses can access their care plan with their pharmacist in the pharmacy using a simple barcode,” Davis said in a statement.

According to Davis, more than 10,000 patients, 1000 general practitioners and nearly 3000 allied health professionals had already signed up.

“With no costs to patients, the system pays for itself through efficiencies it creates in the doctor’s surgery, so everyone wins,” Davis added. “Victoria is leading the nation in e-health and chronic disease management.”

It is expected that cdmNet will also include telehealth capabilities in the future where patients and carers will be able communicate with clinicians by voice, video or online.

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