Current status, challenges and outlook of e-health record systems in Australia

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Conference publication

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Xu, J, Gao, X, Sorwar, G & Croll, PR 2013, 'Current status, challenges and outlook of e-health record systems in Australia', in F Sun, T Li & H Li (eds), Foundations and applications of intelligent systems: proceedings of the seventh international conference on intelligent systems and knowledge engineering, Beijing, China, 15-17 December, Springer, Heidelberg, pp. 683-692 ISBN: 9783642378324.

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Australia is among a few countries that have developed national electronic health (e-health) record systems. From July 1, 2012, Australians can register with the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) system. Development of e-health systems is supported by stakeholders in Australia, however, the PCEHR system has been widely criticized. For the establishment of a matured e-health record system, this paper examines current status of Australia's development of e-health record systems, identifies the challenges encountered by the development, and analyses the outlook of the PCEHR system.