E-health: how long and at what cost?

Dr Ron Tomlins
Adjunct Associate Professor of General Practice, Western Clinical School, University of Sydney

THERE is a strong consensus that an accurate health summary available at the point of care delivery will facilitate better decision-making and reduce medication errors. There is also a long-held eagerness for secure communication between healthcare professionals, with maintenance of patients’ rights to privacy. And it is recognised that the maximum benefit for the patient will accrue if there is completeness of the medical record.

In 1997, the General