Karen Dearne, freelance journalist and former e-health writer for The Australian, has produced a review of the PCEHR, on behalf of the Consumers e-Health Alliance.
The conclusion is disappointing: It appears that the government has been successful in uploading non-clinical documents about users, but otherwise our expensive national e-health record system seems to be in a pilot stage.
The full document can be downloaded here. Below are a few quotes from the report.
The numbers are telling
“After two years and more than $1 billion in costs, only 26,332 shared health summaries have been uploaded by doctors to the troubled Personally Controlled e-Health Record system.
While the Department of Health and the National e-Health Transition Authority trumpet their ‘success’ in signing up 1.7 million Australians to date, the truth is that the system holds a mere 288,368 clinically useful documents.
Obviously, if every person who had registered had just one
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