The Courier-Mail

Digital diagnosis tipped as the future for health

- STEVEN WARDILL

HEALTH Minister Cameron Dick will ask industry to develop innovative eHealth solutions, arguing digital diagnosis rather than new hospitals will be the investment frontier of the future.

The Courier-Mail can reveal Mr Dick’s push for industry ideas will be unveiled today as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s new 20-year eHealth Investment Strategy.

Mr Dick last night said eHealth solutions could ensure taxpayers reaped a greater return on expensive hospital facilities they have already paid for. “The new frontier for investment in health cannot just be about building expens- ive facilities, it must be about delivering a greater community return on the facilities we already have,’’ he said.

“We estimate approximat­ely 1000 jobs will be created with the progressio­n and implementa­tion of the eHealth initiative­s detailed in the strategy. We have identified the need for a significan­t investment of more than $1 billion over the next 20 years.”

As health increasing­ly consumes a larger proportion of the state Budget, Mr Dick said the Government needed to harness industry ideas that could make patient care more effective and efficient.

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