According to Pulse+IT magazine NEHTA wants to make their e-Health records system (PCEHR) more useful and usable for clinicians and consumers. A steering committee chaired by Dr Mukesh Haikerwal will meet next week for the first time.
When I expressed my enthusiasm on LinkedIn, the following two spot-on responses made me smile:
Agree Edwin lets hope. However from the look of the makeup of the steering committee it does not look like there will be much input from regular GPs and is mostly in house between NEHTA and DoHa.
Why didn’t NEHTA do this at the scoping stage (before a line of code was cut). Now they are trying to do this retroactively and hope that it works…. Nothing short of amazing….
My wish list
Minister for health Tanya Plibersek has announced yet more money today ($8M): pathology and diagnostic imaging will be stored in the PCEHR. The government is creating a Rolls Royce with bells and whistles that nobody wants to drive. So how to improve the uptake of the PCEHR by clinicians? I haven’t been invited to the NEHTA steering committee (no idea why not) but I will send in my wishlist anyway. Here it is:
- Government organisations involved in the PCEHR should be audited annually by a group of representatives from consumer and professional bodies
- A public list should be made available of all organisations with access to clinical patient information
- Government and affiliated organisations are not allowed to use any uploaded clinical data for e.g. insurance purposes, audits, police/immigration/background screening etc. This needs to be spelled out in the participation contract
- Data mining and scientific research can only be performed after doctor and patient have given consent. This needs to be spelled out in the participation contract
- Remove the dreaded IP clause from the participation contract that states that all information can be used by the government world-wide, perpetually etc
- When health care organisations or individual clinicians no longer want to take part they must be able to remove all their uploaded clinical data from the database
- Ensure patient information can not be hidden without the usual GP being aware
- Ensure and facilitate that clinicians are fully indemnified when participating
- Registration for the PCEHR as well as cancellation should be quick and easy
- Ensure a 24/7 knowledgeable and custom-oriented help desk with minimal waiting times
- Send out a quarterly newsletter to all participating clinicians to keep them up-to-date with PCEHR and NEHTA developments
- Cherish the clinical steering committee, make sure it’s involved at all times, and ask for lots and lots of feedback from clinicians!
What’s on your wish list? Leave a comment below and I’ll send it to the steering committee.