Tuesday, July 16, 2013
This Is A Pretty Big Hurdle For The NEHRS / PCEHR To Jump Over. Docs Don’t Like It and Don’t Want To Use It.
I visited the Australian Doctor Web Site a few days ago to see how their poll on the plans for usage of the system was going.
The site is found here:
Here is what I found.
Yes, I am taking part in the scheme and have already written health summaries for PCEHRs. 6.03% (31 votes)
Yes, I will be taking part in the scheme, but have yet to write a PCEHR health summary. 28.99% (149 votes)
No, I am not personally taking part, but colleagues in my practice are who I can refer patients to. 7% (36 votes)
No, I will never take part in the scheme and will not be promoting its use to patients. 57.98% (298 votes)
Total Votes: 514
You can view the results here:
This result - coming from a significant sample of the profession - tells me that the one of two things has happened. Either the PCHER has not been designed to address the clinicians needs and wants for a shared electronic system or the way the system has been implemented has not made clinicians comfortable to become involved - with concerns regarding risk, liability, insurance, security and information currency and so on.
This blog from Dr Edwin Kruys recently provides a useful list of the concerns many have.
We’ve come a long way with technology in general practice. Technology should make our lives easier. However, in health-IT a good idea can easily go bad. But the opportunities are mind-boggling and we’ve got exciting years ahead of us. Let’s have a look at the good, bad and ugly in eHealth, including cyber insurance, liability issues, telehealth, mobile apps, social media and of course the PCEHR.
Read all the details here:
If the situation is to be recovered what needs to happen is that all these issues are formally address and resolved to the satisfaction of those clinicians who are involved.
Without this being done the PCEHR is a dead duck!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Tuesday, July 16, 2013