Is this the e-health breakthrough we’ve been waiting for?


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Is this the e-health breakthrough we've been waiting for? Image: Pixabay.com

Bill Gates once said “your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning”.

It seems the Australian Government has understood this message, as it is now considering major legislative changes to the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system.

This is good news. Doctors and patients are often confused about the rules regarding the collection, use and disclosure of information on a PCEHR.

An example of ambiguities includes doctors being advised not to use PCEHR data when providing third-party reports. But what happens to PCEHR information that, over time, has been incorporated in local databases? And are doctors allowed to access a PCEHR in the patient’s absence?

What’s the purpose?

This lack of clarity reflects a bigger problem — the absence of a clearly articulated and shared goal underpinning the national e-health system.

In the absence of an agreed purpose, rules and systems can become arbitrary or misguided, restrictive…

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One Response to Is this the e-health breakthrough we’ve been waiting for?

  1. Pingback: Using the My Health Record AND staying out of Court | Dr Thinus' musings

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