Cash for GPs’ e-health role on agenda

The Federal Government is considering a new funding plan to assist general practices in developing the $467 million e-health records system, due to be rolled out from July.

There have been long-running concerns about the additional workload for GPs signing patients up and ensuring the clinical information on the records is up-to-date and accurate.

Those GPs who opt to take part will be expected to ensure patients give informed consent for their information to be uploaded onto the system.

They will also be expected to “curate” the clinical data that appears on the shared health summaries —