Tuesday, April 23, 2013
It Looks Like The DoHA CIO Is Confirming The View Of Recent Poll Responders Regarding the Value Of the PCEHR.
The following appeared a little while ago.
The Government will likely struggle to meet its target of 500,000 registrants for the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) by June, after it was revealed only 109,000 Australians had registered in the last nine months.
The system, launched last July, has been plagued with issues, including with its online registration system and availability for general practitioners.
Speaking today at a conference on big data in health, Department of Health & Ageing chief information and knowledge officer Paul Madden encouraged attendees to sign up to the program.
He said the $628 million e-health records project had the ability to change the game for health, with significant flow-through data from the records already being gathered.
So far, Madden said, the e-health records of the 109,000 people already registered had delivered 5.4 million Medicare records, 2.9 million pharmaceutical benefits claims, 16,600 immunisation registrations for children over the age of seven, and 23,000 organ donor records.
Only two hospitals are currently uploading discharge summaries to the system. All public hospitals were expected to be doing so by July, Madden said.
Mr Madden seemed to confirm my view as to what the NEHRS was actually for (Administrative and Departmental Purposes) with the comment that “significant flow-through data from the records already being gathered.”
Interestingly he suggested all public hospitals will be uploading discharge summaries to the NEHRS by July (without specifying a year). I wonder to all those hospitals know they will be doing this in only a little over two months’ time. Equally I wonder what steps have been taken to have the data quality of these summaries improve beyond the state of those typically produced by interns and what will happen in those public hospitals who do not have full time resident staff.
I look forward to being proven wrong but I preserve some healthy scepticism on that specific claim!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Tuesday, April 23, 2013