Thursday, October 10, 2013
The Most Recent Update I Have Seen On PCEHR Usage - A Way To Go Yet.
This appeared a few days ago.
Oct. 1, 2013, 4 a.m.
ONLY 1178 residents in Orange have signed up for the federal government’s eHealth record system giving them, their doctor, pharmacist and other healthcare providers online access to their health information, despite it being up and running for more than a year.
Since August 12, health department staff have signed up 1100 residents for the optional service at the Orange Medicare Office.
The eHealth record system was rolled out in July 2012 to allow any registered healthcare provider including general practitioners (GP), pharmacists, and allied health professionals to access a patient’s eHealth record.
As a privacy measure, it is up to the individual to choose who can access their information.
“You control what goes into it, and who is allowed to access it,” a health department spokesman said.
“Your eHealth record allows you and your doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers to view and share your health information to provide you with the best possible care.”
Although users of the eHealth system use the same myGov account login to access other federal government services such as Centrelink, Veterans Affairs and Child Support, the eHealth records are kept separate, according to the department spokesman.
In NSW, more than 1950 healthcare providers use the system and 270,000 residents are registered for an eHealth record.
Australia-wide 924,623 residents have signed up as of last Wednesday.
This amounts to 3.98% of the population of 23.238 million after 15 months of operation.
It is really going to have to start to move up more quickly to reach its targets and more importantly to actually be useful.
Of course - as usual - we don’t seem to have any data on the levels of regular use and the numbers of real clinical documents held in the system so far.
Time for a bit better disclosure I think.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Thursday, October 10, 2013