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Multimillion dollar spend announced for health care

JR RHH

Doctors are welcoming a sizeable Tasmanian Government investment into the state's archaic health IT systems.

It includes an initial spend of $150 million over four years for upgrades, the total cost $475 million over a decade.

The funds will help launch a new state-wide fully integrated care platform that will help our hospitals, GPs, community health, allied health, and other specialist providers to seamlessly communicate and share information with each other.

In the first four years, Public Health will trial a new centralised and secure Electronic Medical Record system and launch a statewide patient record viewer that connects all public and private health and care providers.

Existing virtual care technologies, including telehealth will be upgraded so more patients can receive care in their home or in their community.

Premier Jeremy Rockliff maintains the changes will also help keep people out of hospital when they don't need to be there.

"The changes will also free up clinicians to spend more time on clinical activities and caring for patients, and less time on administrative tasks and chasing up paperwork," Mr Rockliff said.

AMA Tasmania President and Lauderdale GP Dr John Saul has welcomed the move, saying the system's been stuck in the pen-and-paper and fax machine era.

To read an overview of the planned Digital Health Transformation, click here.