Australia is celebrated for having an advanced healthcare system supported by both the public and private sector involvement. In fact, as recently as 2011, the country spent 9.3% of its GDP on healthcare as Australia’s leaders focus on providing citizens with the tools to support independent aging care and improve healthcare services in remote regions.
But according to a new study by Frost & Sullivan, the modernization of healthcare facilities through investment in IT hasn’t yet gone far enough, particularly with regard to winning over the hearts and minds of the masses.
Opportunities to digitize the Australian healthcare system “still lags amongst physicians and consumers due to lack of trust in information systems,” the report reads.
This apparent lack of trust, Frost & Sullivan finds, stems from the failure of several regional health IT projects in recent years.
“While digitization of health records has made it easier for people to manage their health information, most consumers are anxious about data security,” explains Rhenu Bhuller, Vice President of Healthcare at Frost & Sullivan in the Asia Pacific market. “Data privacy laws in Australia are expected to be amended in the next 15 months, but until then patients are concerned about how their medical information is being stored and shared.”
“Legacy health IT systems in Australia have been largely uncoordinated,” Bhuller adds. “While the country has put tremendous effort in health IT from both a resource and investment perspective, it is difficult to say that these have been hugely successful due to the lack of integration across regional IT systems, as can be seen from the failure of the HealthSMART project.”
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