The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) will have ready access to the medical records of more than 750,000 residents in remote Australia under a new project backed by the federal government. Communications Minister Helen Coonan has reportedly said that the federal government will provide $2.7 million towards the eHealth for Remote Australia project. The project will give RFDS and other authorised health professionals mobile access to medical histories, allergy, immunisation, current medications and other health information. Mobile access to the electronic medical record system also will provide financial savings, better risk management and improved recruitment and retention of health professionals, Senator Coonan said. The RFDS will lead the project in partnership with Optus, Alphawest Services, Intel Australia and Cisco Systems Australia. Consortium partners it is reported will match the funding from the federal government.