Last fall I wrote about a possible dramatic shift in eHealth strategy in Australia. Today,the Australian Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, announced a $466.7M (AU$) investment in “a secure system of personally controlled electronic health records” that are accessible over the Internet. Patients will be able to “present for treatment anywhere in the country, and give permission for health professionals to access their relevant history at the touch of a button“.
There are increasing calls across Canada a open and public review of Canada’s eHealth strategy which is heavily oriented on a centralized system of electronic health records. The Australians had embarked on a similar approach which they have abandoned in favour personally controlled health records. Perhaps it is time for Canada to at least consider a similar approach.