Sharing E-health Records between Australia and China

For reasons such as the closer economic and cultural ties between these two countries, the rapidly increased number of middle class in China, the reputation of Australia among Chinese travellers, and the better understanding of China and its history & culture, more and more Australian are travelling to China while more and more Chinese travelers have chosen Australia as their preferred destination.

Our ACSRF supported project looks at sharing electronic health records between Australia and China and good progress and outcome have been achieved so far. However, as a result of such factors as differences in two countries (e.g., in the economic, social, technological, and political dimensions), the development and implementation of electronic health record systems varies in these two countries, especially in terms of national-wide systems. Generally speaking, Australia is in a more advanced stage (i.e., Australia has nation-wide system of the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system); at the same time, China has been doing something more effectively than Australia (i.e., the approach of acquiring information for electronic health record system and the link between personal identification and electronic health records). The exchange and sharing of electronic health records between countries (including Australia and China) is still at the very early stage. Our project has laid good foundation for the continuous/ongoing efforts of sharing electronic health records between Australia and China via achieving good understanding of current status of personal e-health information management and sharing in Australia and China, realizing good outcome of systems investigation and systems analysis for development of frameworks, platforms, policies, and strategies/actions plans for electronic sharing of personal health information between Australia and China, and sharing and disseminating relevant knowledge in electronic health record systems between Australia and China.

The results of the project and future projects built on this project will make contribution in achieving economic benefits (i.e., shorted time and better accuracy of dealing with health issues of cross-board patients, more competent health work force, and reduced total cost per cross-board patient), environmental benefits (i.e., shorted time and better accuracy of accessing and understanding cross-border patients, better quality of information of cross-border patients, and reduced cost for holding and accessing information per cross-border patient), and social benefits (i.e., happier, more satisfied and more comfortable Australian travelers to China; happier, more satisfied and more comfortable Chinese travelers to Australia).