Australia - Digital Economy - E-Health - Insights, Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

E-health is becoming an area from which key killer applications that utilise truly high-speed broadband networks emerge.

As the financing of the public health systems in Australia becomes increasingly costly an opportunity exists to lower costs through more effective use of web services for healthcare consumers. With widely available and cost-effective high-speed broadband infrastructure, e-health is enabling customers to benefit from advances in medical technology and medical services.

While a start was made in reporting the development of e-health during 2009-2013 this came to a grinding halt with the change in government. It took until mid-2015 for a range of new e-health announcements to be made. And it will take to time to develop and implement.

In the meantime national and international private initiatives continue; the global e-health and fitness wearable market is set to grow to $40 billion over coming years, and in Australia Telstra is taking on some very interesting initiatives, utilising the gap that the incumbent industry is leaving wide open for new companies to fill.

In this report we provide an overview of e-health, along with analysis, industry statistics and benefits that e-health will be able to deliver with the correct ICT mix of developments. For information on e-health, projects, pilots and initiatives, see separate report: Australia - Digital Economy - E-Health - Pilots and Projects.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. The Australian healthcare sector
    • 2.1 Facts and figures
    • 2.2 Australian complexity
    • 2.3 Primary care
    • 2.4 Safety and quality measures
    • 2.5 Hospitals
      • 2.5.1 Introduction
      • 2.5.2 Public Hospitals
    • 2.6 Healthcare workforce
    • 2.7 Expenditure
    • 2.8 Looking towards 2050 - 2060
    • 2.9 International comparison
    • 2.10 High and hidden costs
    • 2.11 A fractured system
    • 2.12 Required investment and real costs
    • 2.13 The cost of keeping the same course
    • 2.14 ICT Underinvestment in Healthcare
    • 2.15 Preparing for an ageing Australia
    • 2.16 Health care apps growing
  • 3. The national health reform
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Australian digital healthcare system
    • 3.3 National E-Health Transition Authority
      • 3.3.1 Overview
      • 3.3.2 National Authentication Service for e-health (NASH)
    • 3.4 Healthcare Identifiers Bill 2010
      • 3.4.1 GP networks starting to use the identifier
    • 3.5 Interoperability of electronic prescriptions
      • 3.5.1 Fall out between the two initial players
      • 3.5.2 eRx Script Exchange
      • 3.5.3 MediSecure
  • 4. E-health
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Definitions and overview
    • 4.3 Healthcare challenges
      • 4.3.1 Emerging health crisis
      • 4.3.2 Integrated care and medicine
      • 4.3.3 The healthcare system
      • 4.3.4 Challenges in aged e-health
  • 5. E-health policy crisis Australia
    • 5.1 E-health policy crisis 2015
    • 5.2 White Paper calls for National Telehealth Strategy
    • 5.3 E-health: start with the professionals
    • 5.4 The last budget that featured e-health
  • 6. M- Health
    • 6.1 The potential of m-Health
    • 6.2 Smartphones are pushing mobile health
  • 7. Trends and Developments
    • 7.1 Electronic Medicines Management (eMM)
    • 7.2 E- prescriptions
  • 8. Survey Results
    • 8.1 OECD assessment of the Australia’s health system
    • 8.2 Older Australians want online health tools
    • 8.3 Connected health market
    • 8.4 Healthcare is a key driver in the digital economy
    • 8.5 Medical technology industry
  • 9. Market and Industry analysis
    • 9.1 The disruptive e-healthcare market has arrived!
    • 9.2 Telstra’s brave move into e-health
    • 9.3 Telstra consolidating within e-health
    • 9.4 Telstra leading the e-health market
    • 9.5 Healthcare – ‘no outcome, no income’
    • 9.6 Optimising e-health
      • 9.6.1 Critical e-health assessment from Booz & Company
      • 9.6.2 Key conclusions
    • 9.7 Flagship Qantas and wearables
    • 9.8 Analysis by Frost & Sullivan
      • 9.8.1 Telehealth to take centre stage
      • 9.8.2 Connected Health
  • 10. E-health (separate report – pilots and Projects)
  • 11. E-health (separate report on global developments)
  • 12. Related reports
  • Table 1 - Percentage of GDP and government spend on aged care - 2001; 2008 - 2010; 2040; 2050
  • Table 2 - The costs of healthcare (selected countries) – 2012
  • Chart 1 - Hospitals in Australia - 2015
  • Chart 2 – Who is admitted to our hospitals?
  • Chart 3 – Overview of GDP spent on aged care versus government spend – 2001; 2008 - 2010; 2040; 2050
  • Exhibit 1 – Key data healthcare sector - 2015
  • Exhibit 2 – Costs of e-health plan
  • Exhibit 3 - Primary and community health sector statistics
  • Exhibit 4 – Aged care services statistics
  • Exhibit 5 – GP response to e-health
  • Exhibit 6 - Healthcare in Australia

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