Behind the news - personally controlled electronic health records

JUST 5% of GPs understand how the government’s personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system will work and what will be expected of them when it is rolled out on 1 July, while only a quarter think the system will help with consultations.

The widespread lack of faith in the system was revealed in a Cegedim survey of 150 GPs, conducted on behalf of MO, which also found 76% of GPs had concerns over the lack of remuneration on offer to compensate for the time they spent curating the electronic records.

The survey also showed how many GPs were worried about other issues related to the PCEHR, including the reliability of information (76%), privacy or security (67%) and medico-legal issues (71%).

The results came as the health department confirmed it is “in consultation” with the IT industry and general practice organisations about the next phase of the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) to support e-health.

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