Standards update: Electronic health data

Electronic health records are used more and more. They involve the systematic electronic collection of health information previously held on paper about individual patients or populations, such as information about the physical or and mental health of an individual or provision of health services.

In the future as Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) become more widely available, you will be able to access your own health information anytime you need it and from anywhere in Australia.

The Standards Australia Technical Committee IT-014 Health Informatics provides standards and associated documents on the appropriate and innovative application of concepts and technologies to improve healthcare and health.  eHealth and in particular the national program for a Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) are key parts of the current work program.

The committee is working with The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) which has been established to accelerate the adoption of e-health by supporting the process of reform in the Australian health sector.

IT-014 is currently chaired by CFA representative Heather Grain, who also serves as a leader in International Standards Organisation (ISO) and Health Level Seven International (HL7) communities.