NEHTA receives next installment of $466.7m e-health project

The National e-health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has confirmed it has received the latest tranche of a total of $466.7 million in funding from the Federal Department of Health for the next stage of its personally-controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) project.

According to a NEHTA spokesperson, funding of $38.5 million will be provided for a six month period to 30 June this year under which the organisation will provide management support services as private-sector partners are hired for four key roles: a national infrastructure partner; a change and adoption partner; a benefits realisation partner and an external assurance adviser.

The PCEHR project is scheduled to deliver an e-health record for all Australians by June 2012 and will enable medical records to be transferred between medical providers such as hospitals and general practitioner doctors electronically, rather than through paper records.

The NEHTA spokesperson did not comment on future funding plans for upcoming stage of the project, stating the Federal Government would make its own announcement on future funding.

Over recent months the project has experienced a number of developments with NEHTA going to market for a National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) to “foster and design the development of technology to deliver the best e-health system for Australia”.

In November, the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) issued a further $55 million in grants to introduce further trial sites for the implementation of personal e-health records, joining the first three trial sites in Brisbane, the Hunter Valley and Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

These sites received initial funding of $12.5 million over two years and will be among the first to send hospital discharge summaries electronically to GPs and referrals using national specifications.

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