For unleashing boom in health market, especially in electronic patient record – which is made up of electronic medical records (EMR)and electronic health records(EHR), IDC believes NBN is important, explained senior market analyst IT Spending & Vertical Markets, Melissa Martin, at IDC Australia. Electronic records of health related information on a person can be gathered, created and managed and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff of an organization. These are EMRs which are different from EHR as these are electronic records of health related information that conforms to nationally recognized interoperability standards that can be created managed and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff across more than one health care organization.
It was explained by Martin, that the potential for system integrators is to get this EPR data together from the disparate sources, standards and databases it resides in now – to one record/system. For instance, other information-centric consumer industries such as telecommunications and financial services have undertaken sustained investment in ICT over the last 10 years. This investment has enabled companies in these sectors to integrate systems and databases across all parts of their national and global businesses and business partner networks. Martin told that the final report from a Federal government perspective on Health ICT investment via the NHHRC will also be released at the end of this month.