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Queensland's health practitioners will now have quick access to patient information, helping to provide fast and accurate medical assessments in remote Indigenous communities. Dr. Andrew Hamilton, Senior Medical Officer of the Central Islands in the Torres Strait, says the Queensland Government's eHealth initiative The viewer allows a quick analysis of such data as blood samples and x-rays.
As part of a $243 million State Government investment, Dr. Hamilton says the project helps to make the medical treatment process more efficient.
'We can get laboratory results, we can get x-ray reports, we can get access to hospital discharge summaries from pretty well anywhere. This is a huge advance because being in a remote location here, it can be very difficult to get information about your patients if they're not on the island. It takes a long time for reports to arrive here by post so to be able to have access to them very quickly, almost instantly, is extremely useful.'
Source: National Indigenous Radio Service