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By Andrew Stackpool
"WE HAVE a world-class paper
record system; we now need a
world-class electronic system."
Col Graham Durant-Law, Joint
Health Command's (JHC's) director
of projects and reform, was refer-
ring to Defence's proposed new
Joint eHealth Data and Information
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon launched
the plans for the new system -- a
$56 million initiative to bring the
management of the ADF's health
records for its 80,000 members into
the electronic age -- at Parliament
House on February 9.
The new web-based system will
be delivered in partnership between
Defence and CSC Australia, a major
provider of IT services and systems
to the Australian Government.
"This is a very exciting time for
the ADF as they are taking a key
national leadership role in the intro-
duction of electronic health records
throughout Australia and delivering
a single electronic health system
across the ADF," Mr Snowdon said.
He said JeHDI would provide a
single, electronically based health
system and electronic management
of ADF health records that sup-
ported force readiness, improved
efficiency, reduced administration
loads and provided complete health
records on all ADF personnel.
The new system will establish
and maintain the complete physi-
cal and mental health records of all
ADF members from their first days
JeHDI force is with ADF
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as recruits until they retire (includ-
ing imagery such as X-rays and CT
scans), no matter their location.
The ADF has consulted exten-
sively with other agencies, includ-
ing the Department of Health and
Ageing, the Department of Veterans'
Affairs and the National eHealth
JeHDI will complement the
government's National eHealth
Strategy, which will develop
a health records system of all
Australians that will be available
This means that after members
leave the ADF, their records will
be available for handover to depart-
ments such as Veterans' Affairs, as
well as their local medical practi-
VCDF Lt-Gen David Hurley
said Defence health care presented
some unique challenges.
"Our mission is to provide the
highest quality healthcare to support
our operational capability and ADF
members within Australia. JeHDI
will help Defence meet these objec-
tives with greater speed and effi-
ciency," he said.
"We are breaking new ground.
JeHDI will be fast and efficient,
providing instant access to medical
records and health data."
The project is planned to be
completed by early 2014.
Health records from
recruit to discharge in a
Real-time access to
members' records, no
matter where the mem-
ber is, in a timely and
efficient manner on a
single stream across the
Supportive and simpli-
fied health administra-
Improvements in patient
care and consistency
Major health benefits
Health help: VCDF Lt-Gen David
Hurley speaks at the project launch.
Photo by Cpl Aaron Curran
Paperless: The new system will replace volumes of paper medical records
covering past and present ADF members.
Photo by Cpl Rachel Ingram
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