The Health department spent $142 million on e-health activities
in the last financial year around one-third of a total $424m spent on
health IT projects over the past 10 years.
Spending more than doubled during 2010-11, up from $60m a year earlier,
reflecting a ramping up of work on the Gillard government’s $500m
personally controlled e-health record program to meet its July 1 launch.
But documents released today show that while individuals may be able to
register for a PCEHR from that date, national usage of the system is not
planned in the foreseeable future.