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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

It Has Taken Me A Day or So To Spot These Documents on the PCEHR. Too Much Else On!

The following was posted on the DoHA site few days ago.

NIP Industry Briefing

On 15 February 2011, The Department of Health and Ageing released an RFT to source a National Infrastructure Partner/s to develop and implement the national infrastructure for the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system. This includes the detailed development, implementation, and testing of the physical systems, ICT solutions, products and interfaces necessary for the reliable and efficient operation of the PCEHR system. Also included in the role of the National Infrastructure Partner is the integration of the PCEHR system with existing eHealth infrastructure around Australia.

On 1 March 2011, an Industry Briefing was held by the Department in Sydney. Informative presentations were given and attendees’ questions were answered by representatives of the Department of Health and Ageing and the National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) regarding the requirements of the RFT, and the wider PCEHR Program. These are available below for download.

The source page is here:


At first look it seems they are just digging a bigger hole for themselves.

Example - how can you start evaluation before anything is actually seriously operational. The is to start in July 2011?

What is interesting is the assumption on page 6 of the Concept of Operations slides that clinicians will manage local records and also be uploading material to the PCEHR. The workflow and other implications of such a design a disastrous I suspect - to the extent pretty no one will have the time or inclination to do so - unless working in a salaried environment where time is not money as it is in most General Practice now!

Comments on documents welcome. (Note this is not the V11 actual documentation we should all be reading!)



Keith Heale said...

The target documents for these links are just a bunch of PowerPoint slides saved as pdfs. For example the one called "Concept of Operations" does not contain that document at all, but a set of the same fluff that NEHTA and DOHA have been showing around for months. If they have published anything of substance it must be somewhere else.

Dr David G More MB PhD said...

That is all there is. The rest is Secret!

But from what even that shows me, they are off on an absurd frolic.