Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Just Why This Is Going On With The Future Of The PCEHR Being Under Review?
This appeared in a major journal of record a few days ago.
Jan. 23, 2014, 6:25 a.m.
The Western NSW Medicare Local (WML) and Blayney Family Medical Practice are encouraging residents and surrounding communities to register for a Personally Controlled Electronic eHealth record (PCEHR) by holding a registration day on Friday, February 7.
WML will be helping and registering community members for a free eHealth record and then doctors will be able to upload a summary of their health information to the system.
Any visitors can attend the registration day and get an eHealth record and have their own GP upload their health summary later.
An eHealth record is an electronic summary of a patient's key health information drawn from their existing patient records.
Information can be uploaded by an authorised healthcare professional which is typically a person's regular GP.
Information that can be uploaded includes medications, test results, discharge summaries, allergies and details of any immunisations.
The doctors are in favour of everyone registering for an eHealth record, according to Suba Vijayakumar, Practice Manager at the Blayney Family Medical Practice.
"It's in our patients's best interests to have all their health information accessible in one online location, no matter where they are or whoever they go to," she said.
"We are very excited about the potential for the eHealth record and how it can help patients control and take ownership of their own medical history."
Stephen Jackson, Deputy CEO at WML, said the team has been promoting meaningful use of the eHealth record system across the region.
More information on the activities is found here:
As you will be aware Blayney NSW is a major metropolis in Western NSW on the Mid-Western Highway with a population of a little over 3000 souls.
You can see some great pictures of the very neat town here:
There are three questions that spring to mind here:
1. Why are none of the doctors in the practice quoted rather than the lay staff?
2. Why is it that this activity is being funded when the PCEHR is under-review?
3. I wonder what the WML staff imagine ‘meaningful use’ means in the context of the PCEHR? I note they make it clear that registration is the goal and that filling in and use of the record is to come at some time later.
Surely there other things that might make a larger difference to the health of those living in Blayney that registering them for a PCEHR which they may or may not use later?
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Wednesday, January 29, 2014