Alert over PCEHR pathology plan

A Federal Government plan to extract pathology results from GP software and upload them onto the billion-dollar e-health scheme is sparking fears about patient safety.

The idea was apparently hatched by NEHTA and the Department of Health and Ageing without consultation, but is meant to help doctors and other health professional using the personally controlled e-health records system improve patient care.

However, pathologists and GPs have pointed out that uploading the results would give an incomplete and potentially misleading clinical picture, given the wide variations in the methods of