Saturday, April 25, 2009

Healthbook could be online soon: expert

Healthbook could be online soon: expert: "A national healthcare website proposed at the Australia 2020 summit could be set up by next year.

The proposed website, named Healthbook, would allow individuals to store their own health information electronically and share it with doctors, nurses or family members.

University of New South Wales (UNSW) researcher Professor Enrico Coiera said such a system could be in place by next year.

'This is exactly the sort of thing we are very keen to try and build,' he said.

Professor Coiera and his team was currently working on a prototype website that assists people searching for health-related information and sharing it with others.

'We want to use smart search technologies to help everyone get the most relevant health information and make it Australian specific,' he said.

'We also want to use the Facebook model to allow people to share it with each other.'

A Healthbook system would also allow health professionals to track trends such as the progress of outbreaks."

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