Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Australia PCEHR

Every nation wide EHR implementation is challenging, Australia's PCEHE is not alone, as what I quoted at the bottom of this post, there are both technical challenges and political challenges. However what I found good about PCEHR is the transparency and a lot of information is publicly available for discussion and comment. Here I list out few such documents I googled on the internet, which I found useful for sharing.

1. PCEHR Concept of Operations

The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) System and how it will work.

Click here to access the document.

2. PCEHR Standards Review Final Selection of Standards

This report outlines the processes used in carrying out the PCEHR Standards Review, considers progress since previous related reviews and presents findings and recommendations for the proposed PCEHR system.

Click here to access the various documents.

3. Health CIO Paul Madden clears air on PCEHR standards debate

SPECIFICATIONS for a key part of the $500 million personally controlled e-health record have been released and a vendor portal launched to support software developers working on products for the system.

Click here for more.

4. Comments on the senate enquiry on the PCEHR

Click here for more.

Latest News w.r.t PCEHR

1) Everything you need to know about Australia PCEHR

Interestingly, advocates and critics both agree on the potential usefulness of electronic health records to improve patient outcomes and increase the potential efficiency of health services – even though evidence is scant that electronic health records, in and of themselves, improve the quality of care
It is very unlikely that the PCEHR will revolutionise health care in Australia any more than its equivalent did in the United Kingdom. From an e-health perspective, this will only come from a single shared electronic health record with clinical protocols and governance that allow health providers to collaborate with a patient in managing their health and wellbeing. But, hopefully, the steps taken in the PCEHR project will accelerate that process in Australia.

2). Labor's Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record system blows out to $760m

SPENDING on Labor's Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record system has blown out to $760 million, almost $300m more than the $466.7m budget.

The National E-Health Transition Authority has swallowed the original allocation almost whole -- it has received $466m in taxpayers' money since the PCEHR was announced by former health minister Nicola Roxon in 2010.

3). E-health records' $1m a day bill

KEVIN Rudd's plan for a popular, patient-centric e-health record system - announced to general head-scratching in early 2010 - has morphed into a lumbering monster that remains frustratingly out of everyone's grasp.

Allocated a mysteriously precise sum of $466.7m over two years in that budget, it now appears the decision was made by the boss in a hurry, without the benefit of proper cabinet consideration as former health minister Nicola Roxon revealed last week.

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