The GPs, through the United General Practice Australia (UGPA) – the overarching organisation comprising a number of Australia’s medical bodies- say the government needs to give urgent priority to addressing the issues with the PCEHR system.
According to the UGPA, its members meeting in Canberra unanimously agreed that the focus of the PCEHR needs to be redirected to clinical utility and standardisation to ensure seamless clinical adoption.
In a statement issued by the UGPA, it says that significant issues have been identified and currently there is no alignment between consumer registration and meaningful use through engagement of the clinical community and assurance of improvement of patient health outcomes.
It also says that since August, DoHA has become the PCEHR system operator and “opportunities for clinical engagement have been less clear.”
According to UGPA, e-health and the PCEHR have the potential to transform Australia’s health system and provide superior, safer and more efficient healthcare to all Australian patients, and its members believe that this potential will only be fully realised if there is meaningful clinical engagement at a grassroots level.
UGPA said it was calling on the government to implement strategies to ensure the PCEHR is best structured to improve the health outcomes of all Australians, and that the process should be profession-led and include:
• GP input at every level of the PCEHR development life cycle; including planning through to implementation
• Ensuring the system is clinically safe, usable and fit for purpose
• Supported by an acceptable, and robust legal and privacy framework
• Secure messaging interoperability is a critical dependency priority.
UGPA points to the fact that the government has announced it will review implementation of the PCEHR, and that it supports the review and looks forward to contributing to the review and “expect that the clinical voice and the concerns raised will be heard.”