Understanding eHealth Readiness

Evaluating the eHealth readiness of medical specialists and allied health professionals.

Page last updated: 28 September 2011

Understanding eHealth Readiness

In February 2011 the Department of Health and Ageing engaged international management consultant McKinsey Pacific Rim Inc to gauge the eHealth readiness of Australia’s allied healthcare practitioners and medical specialists. Representatives from each sector participated in a national survey, the results of which are provided in the two reports below.

Allied Health Sector eHealth Readiness Survey Report
Medical Specialists eHealth Readiness Survey Report

The research provides information on allied health professionals and medical specialists including: their business practices; their readiness to adopt eHealth; and identified barriers and motivators the two sectors might have over their future participation in eHealth initiatives.

A total of 600 medical specialists were surveyed in the following categories:
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Obstetrics/Gynaecology
  • Emergency
  • Anaesthesia
  • Psychiatry
A total of 1125 allied health professionals were surveyed in the following categories:
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers
  • Audiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dental professionals
  • Dietitians
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Osteopaths
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Radiographers
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Social Workers