Grain, H., Robinson, K., Torney, B., Fraunholz, Bardo and Unnithan, Chandana 2008, Healthcare in continuum for an ageing population, in HEALTHINF 2008 : Proceedings of the first International Conference on Health Informatics, INSTICC, Madeira, Portugal, pp. 266-273.
Australia is a country, similar to other developed nations, confronting an ageing population with complex demographics. Ensuring continued healthcare for the ageing, while providing sufficient support for the already aged population requiring assistance, is at the forefront of the national agenda. Varied initiatives are with foci to leverage the advantages of lCTs leading to e-Health provisioning and assisted technologies. While these initiatives increasingly put budgetary constraints on local and federal governments, there is also a case for offshore resourcing of non-critical health services, to support, streamline and enhance the continuum of care, as the nation faces acute shortages of medical practitioners and nurses. However, privacy and confidentiality concerns in this context are a significant issue in Australia. In this paper, we take the position that if the National and state electronic health records system initiatives, are fully implemented, offshore resourcing can be a feasible complementary option resulting in a win-win situation of cutting costs and enabling the continuum of healthcare.
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Field of Research
111711 Health Information Systems (incl Surveillance)
Socio Economic Objective
970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
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