National Infrastructure

Specifications are now available for the national electronic health records system.

NEHTA is leading a national approach to eHealth to support private, national, state, and territory reforms by developing a national eHealth infrastructure to enable connected health today, and insight driven health in the future.

Turning on the eHealth record system on 1 July 2012 was the culmination of many years’ work by NEHTA. Laying the foundations and developing eHealth solutions, such as Healthcare Identifiers, the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT), SNOMED CT-AU, and Secure Message Delivery (SMD), has been a major undertaking. While other jurisdictions have built parts of an eHealth system, Australia is the first country to have assembled such a large scale, integrated piece of national infrastructure.

NEHTA on behalf of the Department of Health (Health) appointed a national infrastructure partner to build the system, change and adoption partner to plan and manage the take-up, and benefits evaluation partner to develop the models for evaluating the benefits accrued during the take-up.

NEHTA developed the tenders, managed the selection process, and with the Department of Health's expertise in procurement entered into agreements with the successful tenders, consortia led by Accenture, McKinsey and PriceWaterhouseCoopers respectively.

NEHTA's national infrastructure solutions include: