The legislation that asks for keeping an electronic medical record system has been passed through parliament the previous night, says a recent report.
It is being said that patients would now probably suffer less problems as they used to suffer due to several errors in medication and health records in registers.
Also, there would be no need to tell their medical history again and again to doctors at almost each appointment. Since, the e-health system would keep permanent records, which would be used at any required time.
The report has found that almost 190 thousand people in Australia die each year at hospitals only because of lack of or incorrect information about their medications.
And the new law is aimed at reducing these mistakes, thereby enabling patients to feel contented with health services as well as averting many unwanted deaths. While reducing the number of admissions to hospitals due to incorrect records, health chiefs anticipate that it would save lives in emergencies providing adequate info.
Thus, despite concerns regarding privacy by some, the law was supported by the Coalition and passed the Senate.
The legislation is to be implemented from July 1, says the report, which even includes protection of health records with encrypted passwords.
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