Australia’s Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy mentioned his pleasure at launch of of a project that demonstrates the digital revolution taking place in healthcare, congratulating the Precedence Health Care, Barwon Health and all of the partners in this very impressive project. He mentioned that the project is at the forefront of a radical change in medical services and that it points to a future when digital technologies enabled by broadband will commonly assist and enhance the provision of patient care. The Chronic Disease Management Network, or CDM-Net,has received funding under the Government’s Clever Networks program.
The Government recently called for funding proposals under our new AUS$60 million Digital Regions Initiative, which seeks to expand further on the benefits enabled by high-speed broadband. CDM-Net should be viewed as a great example of the type of scalable solutions we are thinking of to support service development in regional, rural and remote Australia. CDM-Net highlights the very real capacity for emerging technology and broadband to change the way people think about healthcare. Allowing care teams and patients to develop and track personal care management plans, in real-time, offers great opportunities for more efficient and targeted treatment. These types of projects, simply enabling the better use of information, have significant positive implications for the economics of health care and patient welfare. Enabling e-health projects like CDM-Net is a key objective of the Rudd Government’s investment in the National Broadband Network. It is worth noting the views of iSOFT, the world’s second biggest health software provider, that the NBN could pay for itself ‘twice over’ thanks to the e-health benefits. The NBN will resolve obstacles to connecting the health care industry, such as large file transfers of CT scans and video conferencing. The Government will be responding to the Reform Commission report in the months to come.