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Ehealth to spark rural care revolution: report

Twenty percent of all medical consultations in Australia will be done online by 2020, according to new research from German technology giant Siemens.

Online services will also revolutionise the delivery of care to people living in remote and rural areas, said the report.

Within the same period, 90 percent of all Australians will have access to a personally controlled electronic healthcare record.

The federal government is spending $467 million to deliver a personally controlled electronic healthcare record (PCEHR) by July 1, 2012.

The Seimens report, called Picture the Future: Healthcare, suggests ehealth will play a major role in closing the 11-year life expectancy gap between citizens living in remote and rural areas, and those living in urban areas.

“Electronic health is going to revolutionise the way healthcare is provided to rural Australians,” said senior researcher Jodie Long in a statement.