The federal government has announced a further $50 million worth of funding towards the upcoming introduction of its eHealth network.
The online record system will be rolled out in the coming months, with the aim of making it easier for doctors and medical staff to access patient’s healthcare information.
The additional funding will go towards the Medicare Locals initiative, in order to assist practitioners in familiarising themselves with the eHealth system.
Health minister Tanya Plibersek believes the new system will help streamline current health assessment processes.
"The practical training will include how to get the practice ready for the eHealth record including how to achieve data quality, the registration process for eHealth records, engagement and support of the practice’s patients," she said on the 18th of May.
Registrations for eHealth are expected to open to all Australians in July of this year, regardless of their level of health insurance cover – however Plibersek admits that instigation of the program is likely to be slow at first.
Speaking at a health forum in Melbourne last month, the health minister asked doctors and patients for patience, asserting: "It's not just a matter of flicking a switch and away you go."
This announcement will bring total investment in the eHealth initiative to over $500 million.