Government looking at ‘mobile health’ possibility

Health parliamentary secretary confirms that tender for a National Electronic Health Record system will be released. 

The government is analyzing the possibility of introducing mental health technology, health parliamentary secretary Chris Fearne confirmed, in response to a parliamentary question by economy shadow minister Claudio Grech.

Mobile health involves the usage of smartphone apps to collect health data, real-time monitoring of patients, and self-monitoring through apps.  

In response to another question by Grech, Fearne said that the government is planning to create a National Electronic Health Record that will integrate the clinical details of patients, therefore allowing continuity in patient care.

Despite being pressed by Grech, Fearne refused to provide a timeline as to when the National Electronic Health Record would be completed.

“We’re still preparing the tender documents, after which we will provide timelines,” he explained.   

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