Updated - Election 2010: The policies so far

Labor, Liberal and Greens reveal their policies on key ICT topics

E-health

Labor

The Labor Government introduced and passed legislation covering unique health identifiers for each Australia, a database which would be run by Medicare Australia in cooperation with the National eHealth Transition Authority (NeHTA) in the lead-up to a more concrete e-health policy.

As part of the 2010/2011 Federal budget, the Government also committed $466.7 million to investigating and implementing voluntary, personally controlled e-health records by 2012 that would tie into the unique health identifiers already assigned. Investigation has already begun on the issue by services provider, CSC, and the Labor party is yet to announce any commitment to the contrary.

Liberal

The Liberal party has revealed a health plan worth $3 billion but is yet to announce a concrete policy on e-health.

However, shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey, has said that he sees “waste in e-health” and would conceivably scrap Labor’s e-health records project due to potential problems of incompatibility between clinical institutions and information systems.

Greens

The Greens support an e-health system designed to “enhance patient care” but retains concerns regarding the privacy of consumer information in the implementation of an electronic database.

According to a party spokesperson, “the Greens believe that universal data will contribute to reducing the incidence of misadventure, save costs and improve performance across our health system”.

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