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Australia Launches eHealth Record App for Children
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/
Source Date: Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Australia
Created: Jun 18, 2013

The Department of Health and Ageing launched the country’s first smart phone app which allows parents to view information in and add information to the new health, growth and development part of their child’s Personally Controlled eHealth Record.


According to Australian Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, the “My Child’s eHealth Record app” lets parents add and monitor information like immunisations, height, weight, and development milestones.


“The app connects parents to their child’s eHealth record, which is a new function added recently as part of the ongoing rollout of the government’s national eHealth record system.”


Before downloading and using the app, parents are advised to register their child or children for a personally controlled eHealth record.


The app then allows parents to view and add information to the Child Development part of their child’s eHealth record.


This includes personal measurements for a baby or young child’s head circumference, height and weight, information and reminders about immunisations and child health checks, and observations by parents about their children’s personal growth and achievements.


“While a baby’s measurements should be taken by a trained healthcare professional, parents can add this information directly to their child’s eHealth record via the app,” Plibersek said.


“The eHealth record system is designed to hold more and more health information as a child grows. So registering a baby or young child is a practical step parents can take that means their children will have a lifetime health record available electronically.”


The app is available for download free of charge from the Apple app store and Google Play for Android users.

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