“Well, I was very interested in what he had to say because I have longed for in Australia that not being able to share information between health providers is actually a great detriment to the patient and the question of ownership of the data that would lead to the patient own their own data. However, it seems that that’s not always the case and Clinicians may think that they are these stewards in the ownership of the data. So, that’s fine apart from perhaps in small communities where you have not so much choice of providers. You might have health providers in competition with each other to provide the service for you and if you don’t have a great strength in health literature and literacy and if you don’t understand very well the system you’re going to see 3 different providers who aren’t talking to each other.

This can result in all sorts of things that could be dangerous. In fact, dangerous and also it’s not going to help someone with multiclonic disease etc. and if they’re in a small remote community it might then get sent away to the hospital in a tertiary area that can be hundreds of kilometers away and yet no information is given to that hospital. When you leave that hospital, no information is given to the local health provider at primary healthcare level. So, yes this is something that I would like rectified and today perhaps to create some ideas that may in the near future hopefully be able to solve that problem. “

Annette Panzera | Senior Health Policy Advisor, Catholic Health Australia | LinkedIn | E-mail